The Hernando County Fire Rescue announced the passing of one of their long-term firefighters and paramedics Tuesday.
Steven R. Terry was found unresponsive by crew members of Fire Station #9 while on duty around 9:30 p.m. Monday evening. Crew members attempted to perform life-saving measures on him before he was sent to be treated at the Bayfront Brooksville Hospital.
Terry passed away despite their efforts.
Terry served as a firefighter and paramedic for almost 25 years and was an active duty military member for 20 plus years prior to that. Most recently, he served as a First Sergeant in the Army National Guard 1-111th Aviation Regiment out of Cecile Field.
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A federal judge tossed a lawsuit filed by a black Cleveland firefighter criminally prosecuted and fired for paying his co-workers to cover his shifts, writing the firefighter did not show that race was the reason he lost his job.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko wrote in an opinion released Friday that Calvin Robinson did not show that he was treated differently than 12 white firefighters also prosecuted in the scandal that plagued the Cleveland fire department.
The 12 white firefighters, after pleading guilty to criminal charges, were all suspended for nine months without pay instead of outright losing their jobs.
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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is proposing a city ordinance to address concerns that arose during the hiring of Fire Chief Dan Olsen in December.
The ordinance would amend city codes that spell out how finalists are selected for promotions in Omaha’s Police and Fire Departments.
The proposed changes are part of the city’s efforts to resolve matters raised in a lawsuit against the city over Stothert’s promotion of Olsen to chief, according to a letter to the council from the mayor and officials in the City Law and Human Resources Departments.
Battalion Chiefs Robb Gottsch and Dan Stolinski, both finalists for the position, sued Stothert and the city in February. Their lawsuit, in Douglas County District Court, asked for the hiring of Olsen to be declared void.
Weeks after being placed on administrative leave, Twin Falls’ fire chief has resigned.
Tim Soule sent a letter late Friday notifying city administration of his immediate resignation. The city announced Tuesday that it accepted. Soule had been on paid administrative since Aug. 29 as the city conducted an investigation. City officials have declined to disclose what they were probing, other than to say it was not connected to criminal activity.
Tuesday marked one year to the date since Soule was sworn in as fire chief, with an annual salary of $123,188.
According to a legal separation agreement obtained by the Times-News, Soule will continue to be paid through Dec. 16, representing gross pay of $26,059.
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A poignant documentary from the FDNY about the E. 23rd St. fire that killed 12 Bravest will be screened this week – marking the 51st anniversary of the fatal blaze.
“My Father’s House” details the tragic fate of the two chiefs, two lieutenants and eight firefighters who died in the line of duty on Oct. 17, 1966.
But the film pays special attention to Lt. Joseph Priore, who left behind a 6-month-old daughter. Christine Priore, now 51, didn’t know much about her father’s story until a few years ago, when she decided to pay her respects at the commemorative plaque on 23rd St. There, she was surprised to find members of the FDNY doing the same thing.
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There's a battle of fire officials in Vance after the fire district sent an eviction letter to the volunteer fire department.
Keith Mahaffey, the mayor of Vance, said the Vance Volunteer Fire Department has 30 days to move out of Fire Station One, because Vance is forming their own fire department just for the city.
But why the hostile takeover? Well, both parties share two very different sides.
"Why can't we work together, this doesn't make sense that we can't work together. This was never our intent for this to happen," said Mahaffey.
Yet it is, Vance Mayor Keith Maheffey said for the last decade the Fire district in Vance has helped fund Vance's Volunteer Fire department but they've reconsidered.
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