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6 ABC reports that a Philadelphia firefighter has been placed on administrative leave, after cameras caught him going through the pockets of a patient he was transporting to Temple University's Episcopal Hospital. The unidentified firefighter is a member of Engine 28, in the Port Richmond neighborhood.The Firefighters Union says the firefighter, who has been on the job somewhere between 9 and 11 years, spent the day at East Detectives being questioned with his union rep by his side.He's been taken off the job at Engine 28 and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.The Philadelphia Firefighters Union
Via Councilman Jim Kenney's Facebook page, please note that Firefighters Local 22 has established a "memorial fund" to help the family of Capt. Michael Goodwin, who died earlier this month fighting the "fabric row" fire in Queen Village.“We vowed to Mike’s family, as we have to all families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty, that we will always stand by them and take care of them. This is the first formal step in that ongoing process,” said Fire Fighters Local 22 President Bill Gault. “Firefighters are family and that bond is unbreakable. We’re grateful for
MyFoxPhilly reports that funeral services will be held Thursday for Capt. Michael Goodwin, the Philadelphia firefighter who died over the weekend battling flames at a fabric store fire in Queen Village. Goodwin's death comes almost precisely after two other firefighters were killed battling a warehouse blaze in Kensington. CBS Philly reports Goodwin will be posthumously promoted to battalion chief.
The second floor of the Federal Courthouse has been evacuated following the delivery of a suspicious envelope, according to Executive Chief Richard Davison of the Philadelphia Fire Department. Fox reported earlier that an inmate at the courthouse told officials he sent the letter to the second floor, and it contained anthrax. Davison said nothing about anthrax, and says the PFD is currently investigating but declined to comment further. A reader tells The Philly Post that about six fire trucks are currently stationed outside the courthouse.Updated [2:49 p.m., 2/20/13]: The threat was indeed an anthrax scare, though none was found, and
Today at 12:30pm, a dog walker found the body of an unidentified woman burned, in the basement of a home on the 1700 block of Naudain Street, just south of Lombard. She was pronounced dead at 12:47. Award for obvious sub-headline of the year goes to NBC 10, which helpfully reported that "Police are calling her death suspicious." [Philly.com]
Usually there's one story to tell about death in Philadelphia: There's more of it, and it's usually more awful than it used to be. So it feels like the proverbial "man bites dog" story to bring you some good news: 2012 saw the fewest fire deaths in Philadelphia history. Just 25 people—including two firefighters who were battling a Kensington warehouse blaze—lost their lives to fire, and if that still sounds like a lot, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said he remembers the city averaging more than 100 fire deaths a year when he joined the department in the 1970s. “I’m happy, but
When the Philly Fire Department launched a "playful" hashtag on Twitter earlier this year—#notonfire—the department benefitted, seeing the number of Twitter followers nearly double from 600 to 1,100. So when the department abruptly retired the hashtag last week, its fans demanded an explanation. What happened? Just a misunderstanding, apparently. "It was a misunderstanding between his Executive Chief Richard Davison and the social media team, Ayers said. Davison was concerned about people misunderstanding the hashtag since sometimes, (Fire Commissioner Lloyd) Ayers said, #notonfire is used to refer to washed-up celebrities. Davison wanted to make sure that the Fire Department was reaching the
No, City Hall and the firefighters union still haven't finalized a contract that was to take effect (checks watch) three years ago. But what are the odds that the mess has anything at all to do with the latest brouhaha between the mayor and the firefighters. Firefighters Local 22 is challenging a plan to move hundreds of veteran firefighters to new locations. "It's a complete safety hazard to civilians and firefighters," says union chief Bill Gault. "These guys are established. You just can't just learn our job in a couple of years. Right now they're getting rid of all the institutional
The sacrifice that Philadelphia’s police and firefighters make for this community can be an amazing thing. In the last few years, we’ve seen multiple members of both fraternities die in the line of duty, losing their lives to preserve the city as a safe and orderly place for its residents.We owe them a lot. We owe their families a lot. But we do not owe a job to their grandkids.
A small fire in the women's bathroom on the fourth floor of City Hall forced an evacuation of the building shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday. The sprinkler system came on, so water poured down the outside of the building and down elevator shafts. Firefighters were on hand, but the fire seemed to be easily extinguished and shouldn't be cause for much more concern. [Philly.com]