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 An early morning fire displaced three people and injured one firefighter in South Middleton Township.Citizen's Fire Company Chief Tim Yingst said the cause of the blaze, which broke out around 3:35 a.m. Sunday at 709 W. Pine St., is still under investigation by the state police fire marshal.One firefighter was hurt when a rafter came down and struck him on the head, Yingst said. He was transported to the hospital with a neck injury and is expected to be released soon.The American Red Cross is also assisting three people who were displaced by the fire.Yingst said the fire started in an attached garage and totally destroyed the garage and the two vehicles inside. It spread into the home, causing moderate damage.Crews had the fire under control in about a half-hour.  ...

Five months after being diagnosed with a terminal illness and receiving immense support from the community, Jonesborough firefighter Luke Story died Saturday afternoon with his family and extended family by his side, a news release from the Jonesborough Department of Public Safety said. Story was 37.Story was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in August after doctors at the Johnson City Medical Center identified cancerous masses on Story’s liver and pancreas. Doctors gave Story three months to a year to live, and after that, Jonesborough community members rallied with emotional and financial support by selling merchandise and holding events in his honor.Story became a volunteer firefighter in Jonesborough at age 19, and became a full-time firefighter three years later. In 2007, he was promosted to Officer in Charge and became a platoon sergeant.“Sgt. Luke Story spent his adult life serving his community to make it a better and safer place,” Jonesborough Director of Public Safety Craig Ford said in the news release.Ford said Story took it upon himself to organize the first Prom Promise event at David Crockett High School, which has since became a yearly tradition and is also now held at Daniel Boone High School.The event shows the junior and senior classes at the schools the dangers of drinking and driving on prom night, or any other night. Since the event began, neither school has had a prom night fatality.He was named the town of Jonesborough’s employee of the month in July and went on to win employee-of-the-year honors in December.Funeral arrangements for Story are pendingRead more: Local firefighter dies after five-month battle with cancer | Johnson City Press http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/123819/local-firefighter-dies-after-five-month-battle-with-cancer#ixzz3PrK6HyYF Follow us: @JCPress on Twitter | JohnsonCityPress on Facebook...

The Columbia Fire Department and law enforcement agencies responded to an overturned firetruck Sunday morning.Troopers say the firetruck was making a left off of Bluff Road onto South Cedar Creek when the vehicle overturned at approximately 10 a.m.Brick Lewis with the Columbia Fire Department says the firefighter has been transported to Richland Memorial hospital and is in stable condition,The incident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol....

More than half of the 33 fire stations taking part in a survey tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) somewhere the building.The survey also found that roughly a third of the stations had at least one employee who tested positive for the antibiotic resistant strain of staph bacteria.Professor Marilyn Roberts with the University Of Washington School Of Public Health organized the study three years ago after discovering MRSA in both fire houses she tested in Western Washington.She designed MRSA testing kits and sent them to 33 stations around the state.She called the results surprisingly high and is helping departments come up with better ways to protect themselves from the bacteria they contact from each other and while treating people during emergency calls.MRSA was found in common living areas, bedrooms, exercise rooms and other parts of the fire houses.Some departments are requiring firefighters to leave all their gear and equipment in the garage before washing up and entering common areas.But Roberts warns MRSA is very durable and can survive for weeks on surfaces firefighters touch almost daily.Firefighters use gloves and other protective gear to protect all the patients they treat in the field, so they pose little risk to the public.Roberts says the real threat is to the firefighters and their families....

 nteer Fire Department fire truck late Friday afternoon on Shiloh Church Road in Cabarrus County, authorities said.A witness who lives near the scene at Kingsview Drive said the fire truck didn’t make the curve and flipped on its side.“I am tired of all the accidents,” Paul Kikta said.The curve is notorious for accidents and wants something done about fixing it, he said.“We’ve had countless accidents,” Kikta said.No serious injuries were reported.The cause of the accident is under investigation....

Two people, including a firefighter, were injured in a house fire early Saturday morning.The firefighter was injured as he became surrounded by flames and fell off the roof of the house.The home is near 11th Street and Polk Street.There were reports that people may have been trapped inside the home.Firefighters did rescue a woman from the home who was taken to a hospital. She thought her son was also trapped in the home, but he made it out safely.The firefighter was also taken to the hospital.The home was destroyed.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Read more: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Phoenix-firefighter-falls-from-roof-while-battling-house-fire-289670621.html#ixzz3Pm6GW9WP...

Ambulance Hits Pedestrian in Midtown Manhattan: FDNY
An ambulance hit and seriously injured a pedestrian in midtown Manhattan Friday evening, the FDNY said.The FDNY EMS ambulance was headed to a 911 call with its lights and sirens on when it hit the pedestrian at near 35th Street and Broadway at about 5:45 p.m., the FDNY said.Another ambulance took the victim to Bellevue Hospital, where the victim was listed in serious but stable condition. Police are investigating. &nb...

3 Injured After Hospital-Bound Ambulance Lost Control - Ohio
SOUTH COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Murphy) -- Three injured individuals have been transported to nearby hospitals after the report of their ambulance crash on South High Street.Police say an ambulance driving northbound on route 23 lost control and flipped over the median to the other side of traffic on South High Steet in front of the Scioto Downs Racino around 11:00 a.m. Friday.Officers say no other cars were involved in the crash, but three people were injured.The ambulance was en route to a Columbus hospital with a patient. The patient was hurt in the crash and transported to OSU Medical Center in stable condition.The driver of the ambulance and his passenger were sent to Grant Medical Center, also in stable condition.Police say they will likely cite the driver of the ambulance in connection with the crash.It is not clear at the current time what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle. Both lanes of U.S. 23 are now cleared as of 12:30 p.m. ...

Ambulance Involved In Serious Crash In Franklin County - Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A crash involving a medic was reported on U.S. 23 in southern Franklin County before 11 a.m. on Friday.The crash occurred near Scioto Downs. Both lanes of U.S. 23 were shut down from about 11 a.m. to approximately 11:45 a.m.Officials say an ambulance was one of the vehicles involved. The emergency vehicle reportedly rolled over during the crash.Emergency crews were on the scene. The number and extent of injuries was not immediately known.The cause of the crash is under investigation.&nb...

Ambulance involved in crash - Florida
At 8:33pm on Friday, January 23, Marion County Fire Rescue Ambulance 24 wasin route transporting a patient from an accident in Marion Oaks was involvedin an accident on South Pine Ave., when a vehicle failing to stop at anintersection while the ambulance was half way through the intersection withlights and sirens. All patients were transported to ORMC in stablecondition. Both Firefighters received injuries but only was admitted.Special Thanks to Ocala Fire Rescue and Ocala PD who assisted at the scene.&nb...

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