Alabama News

Friday, February 23, 2018

Montgomery Firefighter Awarded First Responder Hero Award

Montgomery firefighter Richard Glenn’s job is to save lives everyday. But now he is being honored for stepping up to a different task-donating his left kidney to Billy Revell in November 2016. “They were starting to search and I felt like this what I needed to do. So I had to go through the tests up in Birmingham,” says Glenn. Glenn was a perfect match for Revell and now his courage is being recognized as a Alabama News Network Wettermark Keith First Responder Hero recipient. “I came in this morning with just whispers going on so I figured something was going on but nothing to the exact measurement of the award,” says Glenn.

Montgomery Fire/Rescue chief to retire next year

Montgomery Fire/Rescue Chief Miford Jordan will retire next year. Jordan on Wednesday told MFR staff he plans to step down in November 2019. “I have been truly blessed,” Jordan said, according to a MFR Facebook post. “I was just a 23-year-old guy from Lowndes County who needed a job. Montgomery Fire/Rescue has been a huge blessing to me and my family." Jordan joined the fire department in 1985, according to his city biography. He held the position of deputy fire chief for a decade before he was appointed to fire chief in 2006. Jordan is Montgomery's first black fire chief. In November 2014, MFR received an Insurance Service Office's Class 1 rating, the first such rating in the state.
Montgomery Advertiser

Birmingham Fire and Rescue: The danger of emergency vehicles en-route to a scene

Police, firefighters, and paramedics all have a dangerous job. They put their lives on the line everyday, but it’s not just the scene that’s dangerous, but getting there too. Sirens and horns is a sound of urgency., but to Battalion Chief Cory Moon, it's more than that. "My number 1 goal for us and the citizens is safe," said Battalion Chief Moon. He’s not just talking about the house fire, or the car accident...he’s talking about driving to that scene. Sometimes, it can be weather that causes problems for emergency personnel like this month in Oneonta. But for Moon, he said it’s the drivers. "Most of the time people just panic because they don’t know what to do," said Moon.
WIAT-TV 42 News

Thursday, February 22, 2018

After nearly 40 years, Styx River Volunteer Fire Department continues to serve

After nearly 40 years, the Styx River Volunteer Fire Department continues to serve as the focal point of the community and is a family tradition for its volunteers. “My son and my grandson, along with their families, are now part of the department,” said Hubert Dunbar. “We just voted five young people into our junior program who are sons and daughters of our members.” The fire department began in 1980, Dunbar says, out of a need to serve the community. “One of our neighbors home caught fire and all we could do was stand there and watch it burn,” he said. “We just thought, ‘if we only had one truck with a water tank, we could have done something.’”

Wife of former Chambers County Assistant District Attorney arrested in arson case

News 3 has confirmed the Chambers County Sheriff's Office arrested 62-year-old Dorothy Sledge on Tuesday, Feb. 20th. She is charged with Arson, 2nd degree after a fire at her Valley home back in October of 2017. Her arrest stems from a grand jury indictment. The Alabama Attorney General's Office confirms to News 3, Dorothy Seldge is the wife of 64-year-old Roland Sledge, a former Assistant District Attorney with Chambers County. Roland Sledge has already been arrested for Arson, 2nd degree in the same fire. As News 3 has reported, Roland Sledge was charged with Arson in the 2nd degree on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.

Wreck ends with burned cars in Hazel Green

Firefighters and sheriff's deputies were on the scene of a vehicle fire in Hazel Green Wednesday morning. Two cars collided in the 300 block of Manley Road around 7 a.m., responders at the scene said. The vehicles were on the side of a road when they caught on fire. Alabama State Troopers said one of the drivers lost control of her vehicle on the curve, hitting the car going in the opposite direction and sending both cars into a ditch. Nobody was hurt in the wreck, but the driver of one of the cars told WAAY 31 he saw the fire starting on the driver side of his vehicle as he climbed out on the passenger side. Firefighters put out the flames on the vehicles and in the ditch around the wreck.
WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville

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