Alabama News

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Star of Life award presented to first responders at Madison City Council meeting

The Madison City Council had an eventful meeting Monday. Madison Police Chief David Jernigan presented seven newly hired police officers. Family had the opportunity to pin the badge on the officers who will be begin training with the department shortly. Madison Fire Chief David Bailey presented the Star of Life award to a group of five first responders and a unit citation to another two. All officers and first responders involved in the ceremonies were met with applause from the crowd and support from the council. The meeting took a turn during the public comment section.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

Cedar Bluff Fire Department Receives $1,000 From Lake Weiss Real Estate

The Cedar Bluff Fire Department was honored during the regular meeting of the Cedar Bluff Town Council on Monday. Lake Weiss Real Estate presented the department with a check for $1,000 in appreciation for their dedicated service to the community. In other business the council approved the minutes from their July meeting in addition to approving the financials for the month of June. The council also received the monthly report from Police Chief Steve Walden and the Fire Department report from Captain Geno Smith and Assistant Chief Matthew Sprayberry in the absence of Chief Jason Stewart. At the recommendation of Councilman Jerry Sprayberry, the council approved the purchase of two new chainsaws for the fire department at a cost of $399 each from Ray’s Saws. This will equip each of the departments’ vehicles with new saws. Some detailed discussion was given regarding zoning as it relates to mobile homes in certain areas. Mayor Crane said that the town is currently seeking advice from the town’s legal counsel regarding what needs to be done to correct some of the issues.

Walker County: Pastor struck by lightning after church

Around 12:30 Sunday afternoon, a call came into Walker County dispatchers regarding someone being struck by lightning. The Argo Area Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Argo Church of God on Highway 78. When they arrived, they found Pastor Ricky Adams who had been hit by an indirect lightning strike. Adams said he was about to lock the front door of the church, when lightning struck nearby, traveled through the ground and eventually shocked him. Argo Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Pickett said Adams was alert and talking when first responders arrived.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fire crews battled mobile home fire on Price Road in Phenix City

Firefighters are working to contain a mobile home fire in Phenix City Friday night. The fully engulfed home is on Price Road. Injuries have not been confirmed. Stay with News Leader 9 for updates.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Carbon Hill Fire applying for larger grant

A grant being sought by the Carbon Hill Fire Department will be for a larger amount than earlier anticipated, in part as the department now also wants to seek a new rescue truck to deal with the accidents being seen on U.S. Interstate 22. In April, the council agreed to allow Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Howard to apply for a $50,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant as the department's composite versions of contained breathing apparatuses will no longer be usable after December, he said. That means 10 apparatuses and accessory equipment will be lost for the department, which covers 50 to 60 square miles of territory. "We need these because of the area we service and the events and the safety of our firemen," he said.
Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle

Fayette’s new fire chief brings experience to job

Shannon Taylor brings a lot of experience with him to his job as Fayette’s new fire chief. He retired from Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue in 2015 after 20 years of service, then continued to serve as fire chief at Green Pond before taking the job at Fayette. He said that he is excited about moving to Fayette, a place he hopes to call home throughout his true retirement years when he finally hangs up his fire helmet.

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