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FIRE POLICE OFFICER STRUCK IN MARYLAND
A Washington County Fire Police Officer directing traffic at an accident scene
was injured Thursday night when a passing motorist rear-ended his fire police
car, which then struck the volunteer, according to Maryland State
Police.Police said the right lane of westbound Interstate 68 just west
of Mountain Road west of Hancock had been closed for an earlier accident
Thursday.The fire police volunteer, Graham Snow, 65, of Hancock, had
set out lighted flares and traffic cones at the accident scene while the vehicle
involved in the crash was being removed, police said in a news
release.At about 10:49 p.m., a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Ashley
Khodayar, 19, of Martinsburg, W.Va., traveled through the traffic cones and
flare pattern and rear-ended Snowâs fire police car. Snow, who was standing in
front of the fire police car, was then struck by his own vehicle, police
said.Snow and Khodayar were taken to Meritus Medical Center east of
Hagerstown to be treated for their injuries, the release said.Khodayar
was charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent
driving, driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on highway,
and failure to reduce speed in dangerous highway conditions, according to the
PA EMT KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-VEHICLE CRASH WHILE RESPONDING
The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com We regret to advise you that a Wyoming County (PA) EMT was in a crash while responding last night and died in the Line of Duty--early today. Tunkhannock EMT and Rescue Tech Thomas Gruen, 46, a long time member of Tunkhannock Ambulance, was killed on Rt 92 last evening while turning out during bad weather. The vehicle's driver, EMT Jeffrey Plata, lost control while traveling north on Route 92 - and the pickup truck spun into the southbound lanes and struck several trees on the western side of the road at 2130 hours. The driver experienced NLT injuries. RIP....
Crash kills emergency responder - Pennsylvania
By Edward LewisTUNKHANNOCK TWP. â An emergency medicaltechnician with Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association died from injuries he suffered in a crash on state Route 29 Wednesday night.Township police identified the man as 46-year-old Thomas M. Gruen of Tunkhannock.Gruen was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by Tunkhannock Ambulance EMT Jeffrey Plata, 29, of Tunkhannock. They were both responding to a 911 emergency call during a violent thunderstorm.Police said Plata lost control on a rain covered roadway at about 9:30 p.m. The pickup spun and crossed both lanes of travel striking several trees, police said.Gruen suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was transported to Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton, where he died at 1:17 a.m. Thursday, Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Roland said in a news release.An autopsy is scheduled today.&nb...
Man Assaults Off-Duty Paramedic on Cold Spring Road - New York
A Hollis man faces assault and endangerment charges after Nassau County Police said he attacked an off-duty paramedic that tried to help him.An off-duty ambulance medical technician saw Randolfo Catu, 43, of Hollis, stumbling into the street on Cold Spring Road at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, police reported. The unidentified Nassau AMT, 56, called 911 to ask for help after he said he saw Catu almost fall several times into the roadway, cops said. Angered, Catu then allegedly shoved the AMT into the street and punched him several times, cops reported. A 39-year-old witness saw the struggle and held Catu down until police arrived, detectives reported. The AMT was treated at a nearby hospital for his injuries, including a wound on his hand that needed stitches, cops said. Catu was also hospitalized for evaluation, police said. Catu is charged with second-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment. He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead. ...
Ambulance crashes responding to call - Virginia
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach ambulance was involved in a crash Thursday afternoon.The crash occurred in the 4000 block of Elbow Road at the intersection of Walpole Street around 2 p.m., Grazia Moyers with the Virginia Beach Police Department said. The city ambulance landed on its side in a ditch and was the only vehicle involved.No patients were on board and no one was hurt, but the crew was responded to a call.Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story. &nb...
Ambulance crash on Elbow Road - Virginia
Virginia Beach, Va. â Officers have responded to a single vehicle accident involving an ambulance in the 4000 block of Elbow Road, at the intersection of Walpole Street.Police say the ambulance has tipped over onto its side.No patients were on board at the time of the crash, and police say no injuries have been reported.Stay with NewsChannel 3 as new information is released.&nb...
CIVILIAN INJURED IN CRASH WITH DE BATTALION CHIEF
Officials say a Battalion Chief with the Wilmington Fire Department was
responding to a call when his vehicle collided with a car late Monday
The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. at 2nd and North Harrison Street in Wilmington, Delaware. The
Battalion Chief was responding to a house fire in the 200 block of
Woodlawn Avenue when he collided with a 35-year-old male driver. According to police, the fire vehicle's lights and sirens were activated. Police
say the civilian was trapped in the car and had to be rescued. He was
taken to Christiana Hospital and is listed in critical but stable
condition. The fire chief was not hurt....
3 FFs INJURED AT WI APARTMENT FIRE
Three firefighters suffered what were described as minor injuries on
Thursday afternoon as they fought a fire that apparently started in the
basement of a 74-unit apartment complex in Allouez.Most
fire crews in Brown County had people or equipment at the scene of the
fire at the Hilltop Place Apartments at 3415 Hilltop Way. The building
had a common basement and attic and was built without partitions to
contain a fire, said Lt. Nick Craig, public information officer with the
Green Bay Metro Fire Department.Agencies responding
included Green Bay Metro Fire Department, Hobart, De Pere, Bellevue,
Howard and the Brown County Sheriffâs Department. At least three aerials
ladder trucks were on the scene, pouring water on the fire and
building. It was not known which department or departments the injured
firefighters were from.The fire started just before 11:30
a.m. in the basement with light smoke and then it intensified with heavy
smoke and fire shooting out of central parts of the two-story apartment
complex. Fire crews were taking turns spraying water on the fire.The
fire appears to have started in the basement and then spread to other
parts of the building, which had a common basement and attic and was
built without partitions to contain a fire, said Lt. Nick Craig, public
information officer with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.More
than four hours later after the fire was reported, smoke could be seen
pouring into the sky from a distance. Flames flared up in the central
part of the building several times throughout the afternoon.âItâs a tough fire to fight, itâs a very big building,â Craig said.Officials
reported no one was reported injured among residents. The American Red
Cross arrived on the scene to help people displaced by the fire.A
number of apartment residents sat outside and watched the response to
the fire, including Ryan Motquin and Jennie Peterson, who live together.
Motquin said he was called home from work and arrived to find smoke
coming out of the complex. He watched as the fire intensified.Read more at: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20130523/OSH0101/130523065/Three-firefighters-injured-battling-Allouez-apartment-complex-blaze?gcheck=1...
IOWA ENGINE COMPANY STRUCK BY PELLET GUN
A few firefighters were caught off guard late Tuesday night.At
around 10 p.m., they were leaving a medical call at an apartment near
Kirkwood Community College. Suddenly, they heard something hit the
windshield of the fire truck.Authorities said someone shot a
pellet gun at the truck and the pellet smashed into the windshield.
Cedar Rapids Fire Department's Greg Buelow said it left a two-inch hole
that will cost about $600 to repair.âIt was totally irresponsible and criminal to be firing towards an emergency apparatus,â Buelow said.The
pellet smashed into the windshield right in front of where the captain
was sitting in the passenger side of the engine. It hit hard enough to
send shards of glass at him. "It's kind of disheartening to know
someone has such low regard for a group of firefighters that were out
there to respond to a medical emergency to assist somebody and on the
way out this act is something you fire at a fire engine,âNo one was injured in the incident, but the crew found the pellet lodged inside the glass of the window.No one should be shot at, absolutely no one. Itâs not acceptable,â Buelow said.Police are still investigating who fired at the engine. They're asking anyone with any information to call Cedar Rapids Police....
EMS LODD: Crash, FF Serious-Horseplay, Award Winning? (The Secret List)
KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-VEHICLE CRASH WHILE RESPONDING
Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
We regret to advise you that a Wyoming County (PA)
EMT was in a crash while responding last night and died in the
Line of Duty--early today. Tunkhannock EMT and Rescue Tech Thomas Gruen,
46, a long time member of Tunkhannock Ambulance, was killed on Rt 92 last
evening while turning out during bad weather. The vehicleâs driver, EMT Jeffrey
Plata, lost control while traveling north on Route 92 - and the pickup truck
spun into the southbound lanes and struck several trees on the western side of
the road at 2130 hours. The driver experienced NLT injuries. RIP.
FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY INJURED AT TRAINING... "HORSEPLAY"
A 19-year old FF remains in the pediatric intensive
care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New
Brunswick today as a result of a fall he suffered training exercise.
Reports are that at approximately 1850 hours Tuesday, Somerset
County Communications received multiple 911 calls reporting an
unconscious Firefighter who had fallen and suffered a serious head injury
at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy.
The 19-year-old Firefighter, was taking training classes at the
facility when he and another trainee, described as âlifelong friends,â
reportedly and unfortunately became engaged in âhorseplayâ prior to the start
of class in the academy parking lot... that resulted in the accident, a
police source said. The Firefighter was flown by NorthSTAR
helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Hillsborough Fire and
EMS responded to the scene along with paramedics from Somerset Medical Center,
as did a number of EMTs who were already at the facility teaching classes.
Keep'm in your thoughts and prayers.
SOMEONE OR A FD THAT IS "AWARD WINNING" WORTHY?
FIRE SERVICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS:
Nominations are now open for the annual IAFC Safety, Health
and Survival Section Awards. These awards ARE FOR YOU TO recognize
organizations and individuals of organizations (of any size or composition)
that have made a significant contribution to the overall environment of health
and safety in their organizations and/or the fire service.
Awards will be presented during the IAFC SHS Section meeting at Fire-Rescue
International 2013 in 4 categories.
Take Care-BE CAREFUL.
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