The community is rallying behind a New Smyrna Beach firefighter who suffered a head injury while at work.
Fire chief Shawn VanDemark tells FOX 35 News that Jeremy Macklefresh was riding a city-owned ATV when he fell in what can only be described as a freak accident.
"At some point, he fell out of the ATV either because he had a medical condition that may have caused him to pass out or something strange happened. We just don’t know, unfortunately," he said.
Macklefresh, whose nickname is "Cubby," has been at Halifax Health since the incident on Sept. 8. Chief VanDemark described his injury as complex.
His father-in-law said they are hopeful though it has been a roller coaster.
"We know he’s gonna make it through. We know with the support of these guys here and his family, we’re gonna make this fight come out the other end," said Mark Gutowski.
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The Escambia County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the contract with the Escambia County Professional Firefighters, I.A.F.F. Local 4131. The last collective bargaining agreement expired three years ago and had been in negotiations since.
“The men and women of Escambia County’s fire service put their lives on the line every day for the safety of our community,” said Interim County Administrator Wes Moreno. “These negotiations focused on recruitment and retention efforts, which included an increase in wages. The Board of County Commissioners thank these employees for their dedication to protecting our community.”
“We are grateful to the County Board of Commissioners for their willingness to work together to address serious issues affecting our County and the Fire Fighters that protect it,” said Lt. Nick Gradia, president of the Escambia County Professional Firefighters.
The Escambia County Commission on Thursday approved the purchase of five new vehicles for Escambia Fire Rescue, along with four new ambulance chassis.
A $2,415,313.38 purchase from Rev Group will include a e 2022 E-One Typhoon Custom Chassis HR100 ladder truck for $1,066,660 that will be placed at the Osceola Fire Station on Massachusetts Avenue. The county is purchasing a 2022 E-One Typhoon Custom Chassis Pumper Vehicle for $657,047.84 and a 2022 E-One Typhoon Custom Chassis e-MAX Pumper Rescue Vehicle. Those apparatus will go to the McDavid and Ferry Pass fire stations.
The new fire trucks will replace old and worn out apparatus.
The BOCC approved the purchase of two 2022 Ford F-250 Crew Cab 4×4 pickup trucks at $78,636 each ($152,272 total) to replace two beach water rescue trucks that will be disposed of at auction.
Lehigh Acres fire crews are responding to a fire at a home on Oakside Street.
One dog died in the fire at the home in the 120 block of Oakside Street, according to the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District.
A second dog was rescued from underneath a bed in a room at the home. A firefighter carried the dog out. The third dog was found roaming around by a good Samaritan.
Robert Yennerell was cutting his grass when he heard an explosion in the home.
He didn’t wait for firefighters to arrive.
“Immediately I knew what would happen, so I jumped off the mower,” Yennerell said. “My wife had heard it in the house, too. I yelled at her to call 911 and then I ran over there.”
Yennerell said he started banging on the doors and windows of the home but discovered everything was locked up.
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As rescuers worked through the night and morning to save as many cats and dogs as possible from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando fire, one firefighter found love.
Feline love, that is. Orange County firefighter Brett Maneri was one of dozens of first responders to rush toward the burning building to contain the flames and hurry cats and dogs away from the structure. Initially, rescuers feared all but 10 cats perished. As it became safe to enter the facility, they realized many other cats found hiding spots and were still alive. Maneri personally pulled several from the rubble.
“We picked out three this morning,” he recalled. “One pregnant one, Mia, and another one.”
It was Mia, a brown and orange marbled Tabby, that caught his attention. He said they found her hiding behind a cat condo. “We picked her up, and after that it was just it,” he recalled.
WFTV ABC 9 Orlando
A crew of Fort Lauderdale firefighters are local heroes after they made a life-saving decision.
According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, on Thursday afternoon, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Crew R246 noticed a newborn didn’t have a safe place to sleep when they were dispatched to a home in Broward County.
After caring for the patient they were originally dispatched to, the crew completed the “Baby Sleep Safe” protocol under the Direct On Scene Education program and returned later with a new crib for the infant.
The department posted the story on their official Facebook page full of pride and gratitude for the firefighters’ swift decision. The last sentence of the caption reads, “Please take a moment to recognize this crew for taking action to save a newborn's life before a tragedy happened.”
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