Emotional testimony capped the first day Monday in the arson and murder trial of a woman accused of setting the fire that killed Kansas City firefighters John Mesh and Larry Leggio.
Capt. Steve Davis remembers instructing firefighter Leggio to pull a fan out of a window facing the alley so they could throw more water at the fire within.
“He said, ‘Sure thing, Stevie.’ “
“I made a right turn and took a couple of steps,” Davis testified. “I heard a pop and looked over my shoulder. I started seeing bricks coming down.” He saw one firefighter partially pinned under the rubble.
“I didn’t see firefighter Mesh or firefighter Leggio,” Davis said.
They were killed on Oct. 12, 2015 when the east wall of a three-story building in the 2600 block of Independence Boulevard collapsed. It had been weakened by a fire that Jackson County prosecutors say was set by Thu Hong Nguyen, who managed a nail salon on the first floor of the building.
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Crews on Monday extracted the body of a firefighter from a steep ravine that his bulldozer had rolled into days ago as he fought a wildfire west of Yosemite.
The body of 36-year-old Braden Varney, a 10-year-veteran with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, remained in a mesh of mangled metal for three days in a site near El Portal that was too remote for bulldozers and too precarious to allow an immediate extraction. Firefighters from Cal Fire Local 2881 had been standing sentinel over their colleague’s body, coming and going in shifts, hiking in and out of the remote niche, in a revolving honor guard. On Monday, Cal Fire said it recovered the body with assistance from California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5.
TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading operations and training management software for the fire service, and the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) are proud to announce Deputy Chief Josh Blum, of Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department (LSFD), as the recipient of the 2018 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.
Blum will be recognized with this award at the annual VCOS meeting on Aug. 9 during the 2018 Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Dallas.
Chief Blum is receiving this honor, which aims to honor exemplary conduct befitting of a training officer, for his outstanding work since joining the department nine years ago.
Two former presidents of Falls Township Fire Company No. 1 were charged on July 16 with stealing more than $46,000 from the volunteer organization.
Christopher J. Carlin, 48, who served as president in 2017 and treasurer before that, is accused of taking $34,896.59.
His predecessor, Gary Margerum, 61, president from 2009-2016, is charged with stealing $11,198.22.
Both face charges of theft by unlawful taking, a felony of the third degree. They were arraigned by video before Magisterial District Judge Jan Vislosky of Fallsington, who set bail at $50,000 unsecured for both.
A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 25 before Vislosky.
According to court documents attached below, Carlin’s thefts happened from mid-March 2013 through mid-August 2017. He was removed as a fire company member in December 2017.
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A 52-year-old cleaning lady and four firefighters were hurt Monday after they were attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees, leaving the woman in critical condition.
CBSLA’s Stacey Butler reported Monday night that the woman’s son said that it appears she will survive her injuries from the bee attack.
The woman had arrived to clean a home in the 23000 block of Buckland Lane in Lake Forest just before 10:30 a.m. when she was attacked by a swarm of bees, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito.
According to witnesses Maria was in the house with the other three cleaning ladies when she decided to come outside to get a mop. She opened up the trunk and as she was looking in she turned and that’s when the bees hit her.
There was so many bees that when firefighters arrived they couldn’t even see her face.
“She probably had a few hundred if not a thousand bees just embedded into her hair and crawling all over her face,” said Orange County Fire Authority Firefighter Ryan Wilson.
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