The memories of the blast five years ago that robbed Kirk Wines of his friends and first responder colleagues remain vivid as ever, but he keeps them filed neatly away. The amiable owner of West’s Old Corner Drug Store stays busy filling prescriptions, chatting with customers and minding his emergency pager as a captain of the West Volunteer Fire Department.
He will attend the ceremony Tuesday to mark the five-year anniversary of the explosion at West Fertilizer Company that ravaged this town of 2,800 and killed 15 people, mostly first responders.
But he is resolved not to dwell on it. He can talk calmly about running to the fire at the plant that night, feeling the force of the explosion and then helping carry wounded firefighters.s remain vivid as ever, but he keeps them filed neatly away.
New questions emerged Monday about the FDNY’s denial of 9/11-related disability benefits to a retired firefighter who labored at Ground Zero and then suffered severe psychiatric illness before dying in a mental hospital.
Joe Battista spent months at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks and developed serious health issues, and severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that led to repeated hospitalizations.
But the FDNY repeatedly denied him World Trade Center disability benefits.
He choked to death on food at a Florida mental hospital on April 5. He was 63. An FDNY official suggested in Monday’s exclusive Daily News report that the department repeatedly denied the benefits because his condition had not been properly linked to 9/11.
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Nick Reeder's life was just coming into focus last week--four years ago, he found Amanda Sawyer.
"We met on an online profile, yeah and we had a blind date and were inseparable after that date. It was love at first sight definitely," said Nick Reeder.
Nick says she did it all--mother, worker, wife and she loved that he was a firefighter, even decorating their home with fire memorabilia.
They had Layla three years ago and last year, she used fire gear to let him know she was pregnant again.
Amanda gave birth to healthy twins last Monday.
She met Kelce and Kaia and then took a quick turn for the worse.
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Just as fire departments are getting used to working with millennials, another generation is coming along. This generation is significantly different from their predecessors and will require some adaptations in leadership and management for them to contribute to their fullest.
The newest generation, born after 1995, is just now entering the workforce. They have been called “iGen” by author and researcher Jean Twenge, an expert on generational differences. In her book “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood,” Twenge discusses some key characteristics of this generation, including the fact that these young people are the first to have lived their entire lives connected to the world via the internet and social media.
The Auburn fire chief has chastised the Oxford town manager for allegedly prohibiting the use of any town emails or social media to distribute a retirement party flyer for the Oxford fire chief.
A retirement party for Oxford Fire Chief Sheri R. Bemis is scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 754 Southbridge St., Auburn.
Over the weekend, Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. posted on his personal Twitter account: “Sharing this for my friend retired Chief Bemis. After 30+ years with the department the #Oxford Town Manager would not allow any town email or social media to be used to distribute the flyer. That’s a hell of a thanks on the way out. #classless.”
On Monday, Chief Coleman said he was told directly by Paul D. Ford, serving as interim fire chief for Oxford since mid-July, that Town Manager Brian M. Palaia told Chief Ford he did not want town resources used to promote the party, including town emails and social media.
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