Shawn White was working as a 28-year-old paramedic when he was called to the home of a young family.
As he rushed past the balloons, presents and baby shower decorations he found himself by a backyard pool where all eyes were on an unconscious 2-year-old boy.
“The father grabbed me by both arms, looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Save my son,’ ” White said with tears in his eyes. “At that moment the weight of the job hit me. I realized that all of his hopes and dreams were in my hands.”
Although White and his crew were unable to save the child’s life, he learned an important lesson:
“This job is too important to just be OK at,” White said. “You have to be exceptional or else you can miss a window of opportunity.”
His passion for the job is part of the reason why Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane named White as the city’s 11th fire chief on Tuesday.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Texas the 21st state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
“The safety and security of Texas communities is my number-one priority, and I want to provide our first responders with the best technology possible,” Abbott said in a prepared statement. “As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our first responders are often the last and only hope for safety in rapidly-changing and life-threatening situations, but this partnership with FirstNet and AT&T, allows Texas’s fire, police, EMS and other public-safety personnel to be better equipped when responding in these emergencies.”
More than two dozen individuals have applied to lead the Providence Fire Department over the last two years, but the city still hasn’t found its next chief.
Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare confirmed this week the city has offered the job to “a few” candidates, but none of them have been hired. He also said there are finalists for the position, but declined to offer a clear timeline for naming a new chief.
“As I’ve given a public date in the past and it didn’t come to fruition, I cannot pinpoint a start date at this time,” Pare wrote in an email. “Working to find the right fire chief expeditiously.”
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Two weeks ago, city council members raised the ire of police officers and firefighters with a unanimous vote that would have changed the city’s employee benefits plan and reduced their holiday pay and vacation time.
But on Tuesday, after an apology to city employees from City Manager Ruffin Hall, the mayor and council members unanimously approved an amended benefits plan. It will increase the number of hours the city’s first responders are paid for holidays and how they accrue vacation time, along with changes to their sick leave policy.
Angry bees, low water and a disturbed man armed with a shovel were all hazards firefighters had to deal with on Tuesday while they tried to fight a fire on an island in the Sudbury River.
In the end, firefighters decided to let the rain extinguish the fire, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Leporati said.
Firefighters got the call about the fire on the island in the Sudbury Reservoir off Central Street around 10 a.m. A campfire had gotten out of control and spread to a dead tree. Things quickly began going wrong, the deputy chief said.
“It was very weird and unusual,” said Leporati. “There were a lot of issues.”
The first glitch occured when the boat that firefighters deployed got stuck in shallow water. The department had to put a second boat in the water and a firefighter had to shimmy on his stomach to the boat, hook up a rope and pull the first boat back into deep water.
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