Arizona News

Friday, February 16, 2018

Memory of heroic slain Tempe firefighter will outlive any bullet

The .40-caliber bullet was fired Sunday morning one week ago, at about 26 minutes after 2. Court documents locate the crime at the intersection of North Civic Plaza and East Stetson Drive in Old Town Scottsdale. Really, though, the murder of Captain Kyle Brayer is a crime with echoes all across this Valley, this state, this world of ours. Because if you can measure a human being by the sum total of the lives he or she touches, then Kyle Brayer, who died two weeks short of turning 35 years old, lived more than any 10 of us. Son. Brother. Marine. Firefighter. Entrepreneur. Teacher. Traveler. Leader. Hero. Kyle Brayer was all of those things. This is what makes the loss of such a fine man so tragic, even as his life is so worth celebrating.
East Valley Tribune

Why doesn’t Phoenix have a ’stupid hiker’ law?

VIDEO: It may be rainy and cool this weekend, but it's only a matter of time until Arizona's infamous dry heat envelopes the Valley, bringing with it a rise in mountain rescues. Phoenix has more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves and 200 miles of trails that attract more than three million hikers each year. Last year, the city's fire department had to rescue 259 of those hikers — 95 of whom required a helicopter evacuation. While some of those rescues are caused by unexpected health emergencies, the ones that make headlines typically involve hikers running out of water or getting lost because they wandered off trail.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents find injured woman who fell from wall

The agency's Tucson Sector Border Patrol said Thursday that agents assigned to the Douglas Station found the woman late Sunday. She apparently had been abandoned by smugglers because of her injuries. The agents called the Douglas Fire Department because the woman's injuries were serious and she was taken by helicopter to a hospital after she was stabilized. The Border Patrol sector says the woman has since been released by the hospital, processed for immigration violations and returned to Mexico.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Tempe launches online database to help combat opioid abuse

VIDEO: A new online database launched by the City of Tempe aims to help the community combat the opioid epidemic. Addiction recovery advocates hope the information is used to improve treatment for addicts, but not lead to more arrests. The website contains data compiled by the Tempe Fire Department. It breaks down more than 500 medical calls in 2017 where opioid abuse was suspected. The information can be searched by gender, age group and days of the week. Councilmember Joel Navarro created a council working group to help develop and launch the online tool. Navarro is also a Phoenix firefighter who does not want to respond to another overdose call.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Police: Witness chases down hired car arsonist in Glendale

VIDEO: A witness is being credited with helping catch a suspect who set a man's $36,000 on fire. Glendale Police report that on Feb. 7 they received a call regarding a vehicle fire near 51st Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Police say a witness chased down and was holding the suspect who started the fire. Police found 18-year-old Juan Carlos Pina Merlos with burn marks on his hands and clothing. He also smelled of gasoline, officials said. Merlos reportedly told police that he was hired by 19-year-old Tommy Acosta to take the car and burn it. Acosta was apparently struggling with the car payments on the $36,000 car.
KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC

Kingman Fire Department’s Capt. Chris Simpson completes fire officer credentials

Capt. Chris Simpson of Kingman Fire Department has successfully completed requirements for professional designation as a fire officer, given by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The commission conferred Simpson’s designation on Feb. 2, making him one of 450 credentialed fire officers worldwide. The designation recognizes fire personnel who demonstrate excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. In addition, applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.
Kingman Daily Miner

Follow Up: South Tucson budget discussed as more firefighters resign

VIDEO: Budget cuts in the city of South Tucson have reached unsafe levels, according to firefighters at Monday night's city council meeting and more of them are calling it quits. The council chambers at the city's municipal complex were packed full of firefighters and concerned South Tucson citizens. The fire engine bay doors won't be closing for good, it's the people inside going through the permanent changes. Fire Captain Rick Raimondi is one of 22 South Tucson Fire Department firefighters who have submitted their resignation to the city, effective Feb. 28. The next day, on March 1, if all goes as planned by the city council, the department will no longer be staffing its engines with four firefighters.

Rain brings temporary relief for fire crews across southern Arizona

VIDEO: Fire crews welcomed the rain falling across southern Arizona as several fires burned amid dry conditions. The US Forest Service, the agency monitoring the Knob Hill Fire, said the rain that began Wednesday, Feb. 14, has given crews a much-needed break. The storms are bringing cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Higher humidity helps the dry vegetation become saturated, meaning there is less chance for the fuel to ignite. Although the rain is a good thing, the Forest Service said it’ll bring temporary relief. The agency is afraid the amount of rain won’t make a dent against the dry conditions they’ve been battling for months.
Tucson News Now

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