David R. Short II was remembered as having a larger-than-life personality. According to friends, he was easy to talk to and well-liked in his community.
The 26-year-old Indianapolis Fire Department recruit firefighter was killed Friday evening in a four-vehicle crash near the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Hancock County.
Around 6:30 p.m., Short and his girlfriend were traveling northbound on Mt. Comfort Road near Airport Boulevard when two trucks collided in front of them. One of the trucks in that crash then entered Short's path, and their vehicles collided head-on, according to IFD.
That crash sent both vehicles off the road and caused Short's vehicle to roll over. Short was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he died. His girlfriend suffered minor injuries.
Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the initial crash.
Short is survived by his parents, sister, brother and two half-siblings.
VIDEO: Eight west Valley firefighters are recovering following an explosion at an APS substation in Surprise on Friday night.
Four Peoria firefighters who were injured are "doing good," according to a department's spokesperson.
In a post on the Peoria Fire-Medical Department's Twitter page, officials say Engineer Justin Lopez, who was in critical condition and taken into surgery following the explosion, "is awake and doing as well as can be expected. He was very anxious until his wife Sara came in the room."
Captain Hunter Clare is described as being in "great spirits."
Matt Cottini and Jake Ciulla were released from the hospital late Friday night, and are "doing really well," according to Peoria Fire-Medical Department.
According to Peoria fire officials, multiple fire agencies were investigating a battery fire at the McMicken Energy Storage facility near Grand Avenue and Deer Valley Road at an APS substation when an explosion occurred, injuring four members of the Peoria Fire Department.
Volunteer firefighting companies are calling on the state legislature to pass a law that would allow them to charge for the ambulance services that they provide.
Last week, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York and its members held a legislative outreach event at the Cambria Volunteer Fire Hall to vouch for such a bill. Assembly Member Michael Norris and Sen. Rob Ortt were both present at the event.
Ed Tase of Lockport, second vice chair of FASNY, said about 90 percent of the calls fielded by volunteer fire services are ambulance-related.
Tase said volunteer fire companies foot the bill for everything associated with an ambulance, which he estimated comes in between $160,000 and $200,000. Fire companies would just like to recoup their costs, he said.
Currently, volunteer fire companies are covering their ambulance costs through fundraisers. One of the biggest fundraisers, gun raffle, may be outlawed by New York State, according to Tase.
The city’s fire department has proposed a budget that would allow it to devote more money to replenish the department’s Narcan stock, train incoming firefighters and cover costs for computer services.
In a budget meeting Tuesday night, the city’s Emergency Operations Center and police and fire departments laid out their budget requests and fielded questions by the budget committee.
Fire Chief Richard Thode presented the department’s $29.9 million budget request alongside Ronald Rolfe and Lance Edwards, the department’s deputy fire chiefs.
Rolfe said the department’s medical services has been funded at $13,000 since 2017. The increase to the requested $25,000 is to replace the department’s supply of Narcan — a brand name of naloxone, used to revive victims of certain drug overdoses.
“We go through about one per day,” Thode said of Narcan.
VIDEO: A crew of Shreveport firefighters is working together to bring the mysteries of the firehouses to light and to network television.
"Cooking with Fire," an original series created by Shreveport Fire Department's Captain Allen Dantes, is a documentary-reality style food and travel show.
SFD fireman, chef and host Mark Myers Jr. visits firehouses near and far to join the crews in the kitchen, around the dining table, and in the community to witness what happens during a 24-hour shift.
“We want to take people to different cities and experience the culture of that city and how it ties in with the food that’s prepared, and the history of that firehouse,” Dantes said.
The film crew also follows the firefighters on emergency calls to give audiences a rarely seen behind-the-scenes view.
The series shows how firefighters' bonds are formed over chopping vegetables, as well as rushing into life and death situations together.