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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

VIDEO: Suspect who allegedly shot man, started massive fire at Florida apartment complex in custody

PHOTOS: A suspect believed to have shot a man at a downtown Miami apartment complex and ignited a 3-alarm fire that engulfed the building has been taken into custody, authorities said Monday evening. Miami Police confirmed the identity of the suspect in the shooting and fire at the Temple Court Apartments as 73-year-old Juan Francisco Figueroa. Firefighters battled the flames that engulfed the four-story building in Miami’s first 3-alarm fire in 25 years for more than eight hours before getting the fire under control. Firefighters rescued over 40 people who were trapped inside the burning building, including some from their balconies. After the fire was extinguished, police and fire officials said all residents have been accounted for. Three firefighters were hospitalized in stable condition.
FOX News

New Hampshire firefighters use music to destress from trauma of job

VIDEO: When Exeter Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Greene took up the fiddle five years ago, his vow to practice every day meant he would need to play during downtime between emergency calls on his 24-hour shifts. But what started as a passion for the violin quickly became a therapeutic experience on a challenging job that regularly involves witnessing trauma and responding to tragedy. “For me, the ability to play the fiddle here, even if for a few minutes a day, is meditative,” Greene told Boston 25 News from the firehouse Friday. “It’s literally being present in the moment and connecting with the music and the instrument and just setting aside that time for myself.” With his stage the apparatus bay and his music stand the back of a fire engine, Greene sometimes captures an audience of fellow first responders as he plays traditional Celtic songs and folksy tunes.
WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston

Retired Los Angeles Firefighter Brian Cummings: The Secret Sauce Behind Six Seasons of TV’s ‘Station 19’

Brian Cummings, a retired former Los Angeles fire chief, joined Station 19 as the fire technical adviser, not entirely knowing what he would be doing on a day-to-day basis. But that didn’t really matter. When the opportunity arose, his wife, Mallory Lewis, said take it. Perhaps that was because, in a way that feels fated, Cummings’ career trajectory was eerily similar to Station 19’s Captain Andy Herrera’s. Right after World War II, in 1947, Cummings’ father, Lewis Cummings, joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department during a period of time when there were only two firehouses where Black men could work. Lewis was eventually promoted to engineer (the person who drives the truck), so naturally, Brian Cummings spent a lot of his childhood in and out of firehouses. Eventually, the firefighting bug caught Cummings, and he left UCLA, where he was pursuing an engineering degree, to join the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Monday, June 10, 2024

VIDEO: Fire damages 15 boats at Las Vegas Boat Harbor on Lake Mead

PHOTOS: About 15 boats were damaged or destroyed after an early morning fire at Las Vegas Boat Harbor at Lake Mead. According to the National Park Service, the fire started around 12:30 a.m. and was contained by 3:30 a.m. As of Sunday evening, authorities were still investigating what caused the fire. Jeff Sammons, a Boulder City resident who operates a waste removal company at Lake Mead, was asleep on his boat when he was startled by an explosion sometime after midnight. "It was crazy," Sammons says. "A (National Park Service) ranger knocked on the door of my boat and said I have to evacuate. There were flames everywhere. Thank goodness there were no fatalities." Owners of affected boats have been notified of damages by Las Vegas Boat Harbor staff.
KTNV-TV ABC 13 Las Vegas

Georgia fire training lieutenant appears as contestant on Pat Sajak’s final episode of ‘Wheel of Fortune’

VIDEO: Pat Sajak, the host of one of the most popular television game shows, is retiring after 41 years, and this end of an era comes with a local connection. Nino Toro, an Augusta Fire Training lieutenant for the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, is a contestant on Sajak’s final episode as the host. “Just being there for that momentous kind of occasion, knowing that millions of people are going to be watching it and talking about it, and it’s kind of historical,” says Toro. “You know, it was just great, like I really didn’t have the words for it. When I found out that I was going to be there that day, like that’s insane. I could never have imagined it. When I finally realized that it was going to be that episode, it was just unbelievable.” Pat Sajak is the longest-running host on the same television show hosting more than 8,000 episodes during his tenure.
WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta

Back-to-back shark bite incidents cause Florida county to close waters

The waters off Walton County, Florida, closed after back-to-back shark bite incidents Friday. Both incidents occurred in Walton County — which is in the Florida Panhandle — and not near a boat, but officials are unclear how far the attacks happened from land, said Mackenzie McClintock, a spokesperson for the South Walton Fire District. The two incidents took place about 4 miles apart within about 90 minutes, South Walton Fire District Chief Ryan Crawford said. There were three victims in total. It’s “extremely unusual” for two bite incidents to occur in one afternoon, Crawford said during an evening news briefing. A 45-year-old woman was injured in the first “reported shark incident.” It took place in the water around 1:20 p.m. in Watersound, in the area of Founders Way in Watersound Beach, Crawford and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office said.
NBC News

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