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Man who stabbed LA firefighter remains at large

A man who stabbed a Los Angeles firefighter was at large today.

The stabbing occurred while Charles Anthony MacDougall was trying to help someone in the Cecil Hotel at 640 S. Main St. about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

It was unclear what could have motivated the attack.

Apparently, firefighters were flagged down by someone who needed medical attention. Continue reading Man who stabbed LA firefighter remains at large

Firefighter stabbed while treating patient

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A city firefighter was stabbed Tuesday morning while treating a patient in downtown Los Angeles, prompting an intensive police search for the suspect.

L.A. City Fire responded to a medical aid call at the Cecil Hotel at 636 S. Main Street at about 10:50 a.m. While treating the patient, an assailant attacked firefighter Charles McDougal, stabbing him four times in the upper chest and back.

The suspect then fled. Police were called and officers went floor by floor, searching for the assailant. Continue reading Firefighter stabbed while treating patient

Firefighter Injured In Blaze Loses An Eye

Firefighter Paul Torres is used to rushing to the rescue. For the first time, he’s opening up about the night he needed help. “I knew just in my gut that it was a bad injury,” he said. Photos taken by a neighbor show a Thousand Oaks home raging in flames April 5.

Torres and his team worked quickly to knock it down. But then there was something that sounded like popcorn or machine gun fire. The preliminary investigation shows it was likely shrapnel from ammunition that exploded in the home. The blaze started from a burning paper towel in a trashcan. It moved quickly, setting off the rapid fire and knocking Torres to his knees. Continue reading Firefighter Injured In Blaze Loses An Eye

Firefighters Knock Down Blaze At Building In Watts

Firefighters Saturday battled a blaze that ravaged a building in Watts.

The fire, which broke out on East 114th Street, was reported at 4:15 a.m., Los Angeles County fire dispatcher Ed Pickett said.

The first firefighters on scene called in a two-alarm response for backup.

“It’s a defensive effort, meaning we’ve searched and ensured there’s no one in the building,” dispatcher Andre Gougis said during the fire fight. Continue reading Firefighters Knock Down Blaze At Building In Watts

Firefighter Injured During Training Exercise

A firefighter was injured during a training exercise in Wilmington Saturday, a fire department spokesman said.

The incident occurred about 12:10 p.m. at 630 N. Quay Avenue.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said the man cut his lower leg while attempting to perform a vehicle extrication rescue — a technique firefighters use to save lives after major car crashes.

Source: cbs2

Boy dies after pit bull attack

APPLE VALLEY • A 3-year-old boy who was attacked by his family’s pit bull Saturday died of his injuries, authorities said.
San Bernardino County Coroner David McCarthy said Sunday that Omar Martinez was unresponsive when rescuers arrived and he was pronounced dead at St. Mary Medical Center on Saturday.

The pit bull attacked the toddler shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday in the 23500 block of Goshute Avenue, northeast of Central Road and Highway 18.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the dog, covered in blood, came out and started to attack firefighters. A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the dog.

Paramedics administered CPR at the home and enroute to St. Mary Medical Center.

Story by vvdailypress.com

Riverside firefighter gets a final farewell

Riverside bid a final farewell to a local firefighter Wednesday morning in a sun-drenched, traditional ceremony that brought out colleagues from throughout Southern California.

Eric Botkin died Dec. 27 at the age of 41 at his home in Temecula in southwest Riverside County from brain cancer.

He worked for the Riverside Fire Department for more than 10 years before taking a medical retirement on Oct. 30, 2008.

On Wednesday morning Mr. Botkin took his last ride in Engine 13 from Station 13 in the Sycamore Canyon area of Riverside — his last posting before retirement.

The engine, accompanied by a color and honor guard and the Pipes and Drums of California Professional Firefighters, carried Mr. Botkin’s ashes, his wife Hallie and his 10-year-old son Hunter down Lime Street to St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church.

Written on the side of Engine 13 in black marker was a message from Hunter Botkin to his father: “You have taught me well. I love you Dad! Hunt.”

“Eric was the type of person who looked at the brighter side of any situation,” Riverside Fire Capt. Bill DeLaHoya said, as he stood outside the church. Continue reading Riverside firefighter gets a final farewell

Greenfield firefighters investigate house blaze

The Greenfield Fire Protection District responded to a small house fire earlier tonight near 10th Street and Oak Avenue.

Fire Chief John Sims said the fire started in multiple places in the empty single-story structure, but most of the damage was in the living room area.

Firefighters responded to the scene just before 8 p.m. and it took about 10 minutes to extinguish, he said.

Sims said there were no injuries and damage cost was not available as of 10 p.m.

Cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

Story by thecalifornian.com

San Luis Obispo firefighter gets drenched trying to turn off water from broken hydrant

hydrant4.mi_embedded.prod_affiliate.76The San Luis Obispo Fire Department got a report of a “leaking” fire hydrant in the 700 block of Lawrence Avenue around 2 p.m. Saturday. When the chief went to check it out, he found a geyser shooting 1,000 gallons of water per minute in the air, and the fire hydrant lying in the street.

The chief called for a fire truck and more firefighters. Nathan Williams, one of the department’s newest firefighters, was on board. “He pulled the short straw, so to speak,” said Capt. Jeff Gater. “Well, really, he didn’t have much of a choice.”

For nearly 20 minutes, Williams had to slowly turn off the water. If done too quickly, it could have damaged the rest of the water system.

It was also pouring rain and very windy that day. And the wind was blowing the column of water right into Williams.

Throughout the ordeal, Gater said, Williams was a trooper.

“He didn’t say a word,” Gater said. “The rest of us sat off to the side and laughed as hard as we could. It was so ridiculous how much water he was getting hammered with.”

The incident did provide Williams with good training, Gater added.

Jack Hindmarsh, who lives in the neighborhood, came out with his camera and took the photos of Williams turning off the water.

Although they don’t know for sure how the hydrant broke, it’s assumed that the bolts holding it to the ground were so rusted and corroded that they just popped off, Gater said. If a vehicle had hit it, there would have probably been obvious damage on the hydrant.

story and photo by sanluisobispo.com