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After Court, Trump Brought Pizza to Firefighters

'It's always special when a president shows up at your place of work'

(Newser) - After his day in court Thursday, Donald Trump delivered a couple of pizzas to a midtown Manhattan firehouse. The former president posed for photos with firefighters and signed the firehouse's journal during the 10-minute visit, Politico reports. The New York Post reports that Trump was met with cheers at...

For the FDNY, a Grim Post-9/11 Milestone

Number of deaths from 9/11-related illness equals number of deaths on day of attacks

(Newser) - Less than two weeks after the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Fire Department of New York reached a disturbing milestone: The number of firefighters to die from 9/11-related illnesses reached 343, equaling the number of firefighters killed on the day of the attacks. The FDNY said EMT Hilda...

Lithium-Ion Batteries Blamed for Fire That Killed 4 in NYC

FDNY commissioner says it was an 'incredibly deadly' scenario at e-bike store

(Newser) - A deadly fire in New York City has brought fresh attention to the dangers of lithium-ion batteries. Four people died early Tuesday and two others were critically injured after a fire broke out in an e-bike store on the first floor of a six-story building near Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood...

SUV Falls on Firefighter During NYC Rescue
SUV Falls on
Firefighter During
NYC Rescue

SUV Falls on Firefighter During NYC Rescue

Bystanders helped free him from under vehicle

(Newser) - A New York City firefighter was seriously injured Sunday afternoon while trying to rescue the occupants of a BMW SUV that had become lodged on top of a Volvo sedan. As firefighters tried to stabilize the SUV, "the driver of one of the vehicles hit the gas and caused...

Memes And Racist Messages Get Firefighters Suspended

Some mocked George Floyd

(Newser) - After several black members of the FDNY reported that some white firefighters were sharing racist memes and messages between each other, leaders say they took action. “When these memes were reported we investigated in and the suspension were the result,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told the NY Post...

Infant Daughter of NY Firefighter Dies From Virus

4-month-old Jay-Natalie La Santa was the family's 'Warrior Princess'

(Newser) - For a month, little Jay-Natalie La Santa fought off the coronavirus that plagued her tiny body. On Monday, however, the 4-month-old daughter of New York City firefighter Jerel La Santa and his wife, Lindsey, succumbed to COVID-19, just hours after it appeared she'd turned a corner, per the Hill...

For 9/11 Responders, an Unwanted Milestone

FDNY: 200th firefighter has died from a related illness

(Newser) - New York City's fire department says it reached an unwanted milestone this week with the 200th death of a firefighter from an illness linked to 9/11. Retired firefighter Richard Driscoll, 73, died Wednesday, just a day after 58-year-old Kevin Nolan, reports People . Both were 9/11 responders who later fell...

FDNY Firefighter Falls to His Death

Steven Pollard was responding to a car crash, fell through a gap in overpass

(Newser) - A New York City firefighter responding to a car accident in Brooklyn fell from an overpass and died at a hospital, reports the AP . In a statement on the FDNY's Facebook page Monday morning, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio identified the probationary firefighter as Steven...

An 'Awful Night' for FDNY on Ed Norton Movie Set

Firefighter Michael Davidson killed in Harlem blaze

(Newser) - The New York City Fire Department is mourning firefighter Michael Davidson, who died fighting a massive blaze that broke out on a film set in Harlem Thursday night. The fire started in a building being used to film Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama directed by Ed Norton and starring Bruce...

He Had No Protective Gear. He Rushed Into the Fire Anyway

Off-duty FDNY firefighter Roben Duge saves grandmother, 2 children from house fire

(Newser) - A grandmother in Queens and her two grandkids are alive today because of an off-duty firefighter's quick thinking. The New York Daily News reports Roben Duge, who's been with the FDNY for five years, had just emerged from the subway on his way home Thursday night, and as...

Man Who Evacuated Hundreds After 9/11 Is Dead at 45

Thomas Phelan was a ferry captain turned firefighter

(Newser) - Thomas Phelan's life followed a different trajectory to that of many other 9/11 heroes: He was a hero who became a firefighter. On the day of the attacks, Phelan, who has died of cancer at age 45, was working as a ferry captain for Circle Line-Statue of Liberty ferry...

Father and Son, Both 9/11 Responders, Have Died

FDNY's Raymond and Robert Alexander passed away within a year of each other

(Newser) - They were healthy, with no history of cancer in the family, but within a year of each other, a father and son have died—the 76-year-old dad last year after fighting seven different cancers over 13 years. The common link: Both Raymond Alexander and his son, Robert, who died Monday...

NY EMT Dead After Being Run Over by Own Ambulance

Mother of 5 killed in the line of duty

(Newser) - An FDNY EMT was killed in the line of duty Thursday evening when she was hit and dragged for at least 15 feet by her own ambulance, police say. Yadira Arroyo, a 44-year-old mother of five, and colleague Monique Williams were on their way to a call about a pregnant...

Explosion at Suspected Drug Lab Kills NYC Firefighter

'We lost a hero today'

(Newser) - The FDNY suffered its first in-the-line-of-duty death in more than two years Tuesday when a suspected drug lab exploded in the Bronx, killing a battalion chief, the New York Daily News reports. According to WPIX , Michael Fahy was directing traffic away from a two-story house where someone had reported a...

As Towers Burned, a Hero in Red Bandanna Saved Lives

New book tells tale of trader Welles Crowther

(Newser) - His father gave him a red bandanna when he was 6, and Welles Crowther carried one every day after, tucked in his back pocket or, when playing lacrosse or hockey, under his helmet. And so it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when the 24-year-old Boston College graduate—an equities trader...

FDNY Hits a 150-Year Milestone: Fatality-Free Month
 FDNY Hits a 150-Year Milestone 

FDNY Hits a 150-Year Milestone

June saw exactly zero fire deaths

(Newser) - The FDNY has a reason to celebrate this month. The five boroughs comprising New York City suffered exactly zero fire deaths in the month of June—the first fatality-free month in 150 years, reports CBS New York . A spokesman for Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says fire deaths are on the...

3 FDNY Firefighters Die of 9/11 Illnesses on Same Day

Retirees were only in their 50s

(Newser) - New York City's fire department got a rough reminder this week of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath—three retired firefighters in their 50s died on the same day from illnesses attributed to the toxic air at Ground Zero, reports CBS Local . Daniel Heglund, 58, Howard Bischoff, 58, and...

FDNY 'Hero' Killed Seeking Victims 19 Floors Up

Gordon Ambelas got trapped in public-housing blaze

(Newser) - The Fire Department of New York is mourning the death of a lieutenant who became trapped while looking for victims in a public-housing high-rise blaze, the first to die in the line of duty in more than two years. Lt. Gordon Ambelas died yesterday after suffering multiple injuries while on...

American Flag Flown at WTC After 9/11 Stolen

Flag had been given to family of fallen firefighter

(Newser) - After 29-year-old Jonathan Ielpi was killed while responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the fallen firefighter's sister Melissa Brengel was given an American flag that flew over the WTC during the clean-up. "We put it out during certain times of the year just to...

NYPD-FDNY Charity Hockey Game Erupts in Brawl

Fight clears benches at annual match

(Newser) - The annual charity hockey game between New York City's cops and firefighters turned into an all-out, bench clearing brawl at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum yesterday. With the score tied at 3-3 in the second period, referees struggled to restore order as FDNY and NYPD officers traded punches, leaving...

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