Boston Massachusetts Firetruck Crashes Into Apartment Building Killing One

January 10, 2009

BOSTON

One firefighter was killed and four others were hurt when a fire truck crashed into an apartment building in Boston Friday afternoon, Boston police officials said.

The Ladder 26 truck slammed into Roxbury Tenants of Harvard building at 835 Huntington Ave. near Parker Hill Ave. around 2:30 p.m.

WBZ has learned the firefighter killed in the wreck is 52-year-old Lt. Kevin Kelley. The 30-year Boston fire veteran was sitting in the front seat and was trapped inside the truck for a time. He died at the scene.

His body was pulled from the wreckage and put into an ambulance just before 4:30 p.m., as his fellow firefighters stood in a solemn line, holding their helmets to their hearts.

Kelley was one of the firefighers in the 2005 Discovery Channel’s program “Firehouse USA-Boston.” The show featured Ladder 26.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino met with Lt. Kelley’s family after the crash and offered them his condolences and to Kelley’s fellow firefighters.

“This is a sad day for the firefighters,” he said. “They answered the call, they were going back to the house. An accident like this, we can’t answer why or how come.”

Kelley leaves behind three adult daughters and a wife.

Boston fire officials say the fire truck was returning from an emergency call on Parker Hill Ave placed at 2:03 p.m. It left the scene at 2:30 p.m., and minutes later it slammed into two parked vehicles before going through the brick wall in front of the apartment building. Officials said there were no occupants inside the cars involved.

A Boston fire spokesman said the three other firefighters aboard the truck were hurt along with a fourth who broke his ankle helping at the scene. One of the firefighters on the truck broke his leg. Three were released from Beth Israel Hospital Friday night. A fourth is in serious condition with unknown injuries at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Boston Massachusetts Firetruck Crashes Into Apartment Building Killing One

January 10, 2009

BOSTON

One firefighter was killed and four others were hurt when a fire truck crashed into an apartment building in Boston Friday afternoon, Boston police officials said.

The Ladder 26 truck slammed into Roxbury Tenants of Harvard building at 835 Huntington Ave. near Parker Hill Ave. around 2:30 p.m.

WBZ has learned the firefighter killed in the wreck is 52-year-old Lt. Kevin Kelley. The 30-year Boston fire veteran was sitting in the front seat and was trapped inside the truck for a time. He died at the scene.

His body was pulled from the wreckage and put into an ambulance just before 4:30 p.m., as his fellow firefighters stood in a solemn line, holding their helmets to their hearts.

Kelley was one of the firefighers in the 2005 Discovery Channel’s program “Firehouse USA-Boston.” The show featured Ladder 26.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino met with Lt. Kelley’s family after the crash and offered them his condolences and to Kelley’s fellow firefighters.

“This is a sad day for the firefighters,” he said. “They answered the call, they were going back to the house. An accident like this, we can’t answer why or how come.”

Kelley leaves behind three adult daughters and a wife.

Boston fire officials say the fire truck was returning from an emergency call on Parker Hill Ave placed at 2:03 p.m. It left the scene at 2:30 p.m., and minutes later it slammed into two parked vehicles before going through the brick wall in front of the apartment building. Officials said there were no occupants inside the cars involved.

A Boston fire spokesman said the three other firefighters aboard the truck were hurt along with a fourth who broke his ankle helping at the scene. One of the firefighters on the truck broke his leg. Three were released from Beth Israel Hospital Friday night. A fourth is in serious condition with unknown injuries at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Homeless Man Targeted With Murder Charge After Fireman Runs Over Another Fireman With Fire Truck – Driver Was Looking At Fire Instead Of Where He Was Going

January 3, 2009

ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY – An arrest was made Friday afternoon, hours after a house fire led to the death of a firefighter who was struck by a fire truck.

A firefighter responding to a fast moving fire was killed after getting struck by a firetruck in Elizabeth, N.J.

Emilio Vasquez, 19, is charged with arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire. Vasquez, a homeless man from Guatemala, allegedly broke into the home and started the fire to stay warm, police said.

Gary Stephens was among the firefighters responding to the house fire in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning. A 28-year veteran of the force, he was helping direct the fire truck while it was backing up when he was struck, fire officials said. The driver of the truck took his eyes off Stephens to look at the fire.

Witnesses said Stephens was pinned beneath the truck, and it took several other firefighters to free him. He was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The truck was moving at less than 5 mph when the truck hit the 57-year-old Stephens. The truck is equipped with a sensor that alerts the driver about objects while backing up, but it’s unclear if noise from the nearby New Jersey Turnpike played a role, fire officials said.

The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. in the abandoned side of a two-family house. A family of four was able to escape the fire unharmed from the adjacent home.

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Homeless Man Targeted With Murder Charge After Fireman Runs Over Another Fireman With Fire Truck – Driver Was Looking At Fire Instead Of Where He Was Going

January 3, 2009

ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY – An arrest was made Friday afternoon, hours after a house fire led to the death of a firefighter who was struck by a fire truck.

A firefighter responding to a fast moving fire was killed after getting struck by a firetruck in Elizabeth, N.J.

Emilio Vasquez, 19, is charged with arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire. Vasquez, a homeless man from Guatemala, allegedly broke into the home and started the fire to stay warm, police said.

Gary Stephens was among the firefighters responding to the house fire in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning. A 28-year veteran of the force, he was helping direct the fire truck while it was backing up when he was struck, fire officials said. The driver of the truck took his eyes off Stephens to look at the fire.

Witnesses said Stephens was pinned beneath the truck, and it took several other firefighters to free him. He was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The truck was moving at less than 5 mph when the truck hit the 57-year-old Stephens. The truck is equipped with a sensor that alerts the driver about objects while backing up, but it’s unclear if noise from the nearby New Jersey Turnpike played a role, fire officials said.

The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. in the abandoned side of a two-family house. A family of four was able to escape the fire unharmed from the adjacent home.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg North Carolina Police, Fire Department, And Bomb Squad Respond To Sporting Goods Store After Customer Drops Bullets

December 24, 2008

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Firefighters were called to Dick’s Sporting Goods at NorthLake Mall Tuesday afternoon after some bullets were dropped into an escalator.

The fire department received the call around 1:30 p.m.

According to the general manager of the mall, a customer entered Dick’s Sport Goods carrying some ammunition.

The shopper accidentally dropped the ammunition while riding on the escalator. Some of the ammo lodged in the escalator and detonated. No one was hurt.

Frefighters evacuated the store while firefighters searched for more ammunition that was dropped. The store reopened about an hour after it was evacuated.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s bomb squad was also called to the scene to provide assistance.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg North Carolina Police, Fire Department, And Bomb Squad Respond To Sporting Goods Store After Customer Drops Bullets

December 23, 2008

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Firefighters were called to Dick’s Sporting Goods at NorthLake Mall Tuesday afternoon after some bullets were dropped into an escalator.

The fire department received the call around 1:30 p.m.

According to the general manager of the mall, a customer entered Dick’s Sport Goods carrying some ammunition.

The shopper accidentally dropped the ammunition while riding on the escalator. Some of the ammo lodged in the escalator and detonated. No one was hurt.

Frefighters evacuated the store while firefighters searched for more ammunition that was dropped. The store reopened about an hour after it was evacuated.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s bomb squad was also called to the scene to provide assistance.

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Animal Cruelty: Lawyer Blames Puppy After Brutal Beating By Savage Negro Los Angeles County California Assistant Fire Chief Glynn Johnson

December 23, 2008

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief Glynn Johnson and his attorney, John Sweeney, held a news conference in Beverly Hills on Monday to discuss the charges he beat a puppy so badly it had to be euthanized.

Johnson sat beside enlarged photos of his stitched-up thumb Monday as attorney John E. Sweeney insisted his client was acting in self-defense. Sweeney said the incident was being unfairly characterized by the media and protesters as an unprovoked attack on a timid puppy.

Sweeney says the animal was a mature dog big enough to do serious damage. Previously, Johnson had told a reporter from the Riverside Press-Enterprise that his finger was nearly severed. However, photos today show a much different injury, with just the tip being injured.

Johnson has been charged with animal cruelty for the alleged beating, which occurred Nov. 3 in the unincorporated area of Woodcrest, just south of Riverside. He is expected to be arraigned on Jan. 13 in Riverside County Superior Court.

Johnson is said to have hit the puppy, named Karley, with his fist and a 12-pound rock. Karley was later euthanized because of the severity of his injuries.

Johnson says the dog nearly bit off his thumb and that he acted in self-defense. But a witness says the attack was the result of a violent outburst from Johnson.

The dog’s owner Travis Staggs said in an interview that Johnson beat the puppy without provocation, tried to break the dog’s jaws by prying them apart and hit the dog in the head with a rock.

In recent weeks, animal rights activists and the puppy’s owners have launched a campaign seeking criminal charges against Johnson.

Last week, dozens of protesters rallied outside the Riverside County DA’s office to demand charges be filed against Johnson.

Media attention has also helped publicize the case.

Some Southern California radio shows have broadcast the phone number to the district attorney’s office and urged listeners to call and pressure officials to file charges.

The 54-year-old fire official, was charged last week with felony animal cruelty and other counts and freed on $10,000 bail.

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