The Cobb County Fire Department lost one of their own on Monday after she experienced a medical incident.
Firefighter Stacey Leigh Boulware, 44, collapsed on Monday at Station 5 in Vinings after returning from back-to-back incidents that included "a full arrest and vehicle accident," according to the department. After collapsing, officials said she was transported to Kennestone Hospital where she passed away following resuscitation attempts. Boulware began her fire career in June of 1999. She had been a long-time member of the Cobb County Fire Hazardous Materials Team and served at several different stations during her tenure.
Boulware had successfully completed an annual physical agility test earlier in the day.
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The Zachary firefighter and reserve police officer who was killed Monday night in a hit-and-run will be remembered as a dedicated public servant, said Zachary Fire Chief Danny Kimble.
Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Lawton, 41, was killed Monday night when he was run over by a U-haul truck in the parking lot of the Baker Walmart, officials on the scene said. He and another Zachary police officer were working undercover to investigate felony drug charges, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said.
"Chris was a hard worker and a dedicated fireman," Kimble said Tuesday morning. "And a family man, he believed very much in his family."
Kimble said Lawton was married with two children.
Lawton embodied "just being a public servant, giving back to his community," Kimble said.
Houston firefighters on Monday asked a judge to force the city secretary to validate signatures on an equal pay referendum petition that has been backlogged in City Hall for eight months.
The referendum would require firefighters to receive the same pay as police officers of corresponding rank. It was first submitted to the city in July but wasn't validated before the November election. In December, leaders of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association sued, asking a judge to give City Secretary Anna Russell 30 days to count and validate the petition signatures. State District Judge Dan Hinde did not issue an immediate ruling after a three-hour trial Monday.
City attorneys argued the firefighters’ claim lacks the urgency needed to secure a court order.
If you go back and listen to the recording of the Broward County radio dispatch system, you can hear the frustration the voices of police.
"I can't transmit for some reason," says one officer. Other first responders echo the complaint.
"Just so you know, we're having trouble transmitting," says another person, and more than once, you hear a general plea for users to limit their communications to "10-33 calls" — radio code for an emergency.
"All cities, all radios be advised to keep your traffic to a minimum. With each transmission, it's causing it to crash, it's overloaded right now, per Motorola."
Motorola Solutions supplied the radio system in Broward County. It's the country's biggest seller of public safety radios, as jurisdictions move increasingly toward digital technology.
Starting their 31st year performing at Fort Myers Beach, the Greater Cincinnati Firefighters finds themselves shaking and shimmying in a different atmosphere where the "#metoo" movement and a focus on sexual harassment bumps and grinds up against a playful, sexually-themed revue of mostly burly and buff men.
Has this societal change made an impact?
Joe Diebold, a retired firefighter who has been with the dancing firefighter group since the beginning 30 years ago, said the men participating don't make harassment-type moves. "We really don't cross into that area," he said. "It's a family-friendly show."
Sherri Krimpenfort, on break from her job in Cincinnati, Ohio, was seeing the show for the first time Sunday. "They're raising money for a good cause, they're not degrading women," she said. "If there are women who don't want to watch, they don't have to."