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Watch: Florida fire chief defends captain first on the scene of controversial fatal fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:18

Polk County press conference did not provide a lot of clarity. 911 changes protocols.

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An Oklahoma City dispatcher shows us how the job should be done

Statter 911 - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 00:01

Multi-tasking call-taker/dispatcher wakes up elderly disabled woman to get her out of burning home

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LT. BRAD CLARK’S FAMILY TO RECEIVE COURAGE AND VALOR AWARD ON HIS BEHALF AT FDIC

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:00

The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award commemorates the life and career achievements of Deputy Chief Ray Downey, who lost his life while commanding rescue operations at the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Deputy Chief Downey was chief of rescue operations and a 39-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York. He was the most highly decorated firefighter in the history of FDNY. Deputy Chief Downey commanded rescue operations at many difficult and complex disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and many natural disasters worldwide. Each year, the award is presented at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The recipient of this year’s award is Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, of Hanover County (VA) Fire-EMS.  The award will be presented posthumously, with his wife Melanie Clark accepting the award.

FirefighterNation: Virginia Fire Lieutenant Killed in Collision

On October 11, 2018, Hanover Fire-EMS was managing heavy call volume because of the impacts of Tropical Storm Michael when Lieutenant Clark’s unit, Engine 6, was dispatched to an accident on the Interstate highway at 21:00.   As the crew was dismounting the apparatus to size up the incident, Lieutenant Clark observed a tractor trailer speeding toward the unit as he rounded the front of the engine.  Rather than using this moment to jump to safety, Lieutenant Clark yelled to warn his crew, allowing them a split-second notice to gain cover and brace for impact.  One firefighter who was riding behind Lieutenant Clark was reaching back into the jump seat to retrieve a medical bag when he heard Lieutenant Clark’s warning.  Sensing the impending impact, he dove headfirst back into the cab as the tractor trailer struck the rear of Engine 6.  That firefighter emerged from the wreckage without significant injuries and was able to begin treatment of his fellow firefighters.  The driver of the Engine 6 and other jump seat firefighter received significant life-threatening injuries as a result of the impact.

The impact of the tractor trailer drove the engine over the top of Lieutenant Clark, pinning him underneath the fire apparatus.  Crews worked to free him and begin treatment, but in spite of their best efforts, Lieutenant Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

FirefighterNation: Tears and Laughter at Virginia Firefighter’s Funeral

Lieutenant Clark’s selfless actions resulted in the survival of the rest of his crew.  Lieutenant Clark used his last second to warn his crew, which gave them just enough warning to survive.  Lieutenant Clark’s actions exemplify the highest traditions and values of Chief Ray Downey and those firefighters who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.    As such, the 2019 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award is presented to Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, of Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS.

Melanie Clark will accept the award on Lieutenant Clark’s behalf during Opening Ceremony Day 1 of FDIC International on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The award includes the Courage & Valor Medal and a check for $35,000, on behalf of the Courage & Valor Foundation.

Donations to the Courage & Valor Foundation can be made at www.courageandvalor.org.

Register for FDIC International 2019 at https://www.fdic.com/index.html.

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CINCY FIREFIGHTER RESCUED IN FALL THRU FLOOR AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:59

A firefighter was rescued after falling through the floor of a burning home in East Price Hill Wednesday morning, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department.

The fire broke out at 2914 Glenway Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. Glenway Avenue is closed near Grand Avenue.

Firefighters issued a mayday call when part of the first floor collapsed into the basement, officials said. Medics evaluated the firefighter, and they did not transport him to the hospital.

The house was used for storage, and no one was living in the house at the time of the fire, firefighters said. Crews had a difficult time accessing the building due to the amount of storage and “deteriorating condition of the structure.”

Two dogs were inside the home at the time of the fire, but no one else was inside. One of the dogs died in the fire.

About 86 firefighters responded, and crews had the fire under control at about 7 a.m., Chief Potter said. Crews stayed on scene to treat hot spots.

Officials said the building will be torn down Wednesday due to the extent of fire damage and the previous condition of the building. The fire caused about $20,000 in damage, officials estimated.

Glenway Avenue was closed Wednesday morning while crews were on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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MANSFIELD, MA FIREFIGHTERS TREATED AFTER RIG FIRE IN FIREHOUSE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:57

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after a fire truck caught fire inside the station in Mansfield.

Firefighters were hunkering down after returning from a call at around 11 p.m. Tuesday when smoke alarms and the smell of smoke alerted them to a fire on the first floor.

There were four firefighters in the building, and two were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. One was treated for an electrical burn. They were released Wednesday morning.

The fire was contained to the first floor and the damage is being assessed. The fire chief said trucks cost from $600,000 to $800,000.

 

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Plane Crashes in Makutano Forest in Londiani, Kericho

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:34

By MICHAEL MUSYOKA

A plane, on Wednesday, crashed in Makutano Forest in Londiani, Kericho County killing five people on board 

Confirming the incident, Rift Valley Police Commander Edward Mwamburi disclosed that police and rescue teams were headed to the scene. 

First responders reported that five people were in the light aircraft that was flying from Maasai Mara Game Reserve en route to Lowdar.

Airwing Commander Rodgers Mbithi told journalists that all the occupants had succumbed in the crash.

The Cessna plane reportedly developed a mechanical problem before hitting a tree.

The incident comes days after two planes collided at JKIA during maintenance.

Luckily, no injuries were reported during the incident.

Photos shared on social media showed one aircraft with a damaged nose while the other had a damaged wing.

During the crash in Londiani, residents gathered at the scene to try to save the injured, but they weren’t successful.

https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/36893-planes-crashes-makutano-forest-kericho

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KLM aircraft slightly damaged by collision during taxiing

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:30

Two KLM aircraft hit each other on Wednesday morning while taxiing, confirms a Schiphol spokesman. 

The devices are slightly damaged. According to the spokesman no people were injured. The KLM spokeswoman  says that passengers have not been in danger for a moment.

Probably the collision does not lead to delays at the airport “The aircraft have already been towed away.”

Both aircraft were destined for the United States. One of the aircraft was on its way to Atlanta and the other was to leave for Los Angeles.

“We will think about the cause later, now it is only important to put the passengers on another plane as quickly as possible,” continued the KLM spokesman. “The aircraft are carefully checked and therefore remain on the ground for the time being.”

“For the people who were on their way to Atlanta, this has already happened, and we are still working to help the people who are going to Los Angeles.”

https://www.nu.nl/binnenland/5740272/klm-toestellen-licht-beschadigd-door-botsing-tijdens-het-taxien.html?redirect=1

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NTSB: ‘Sharp left turn’ before fatal Ohio helicopter crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:25

BY ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS, OHIO

An Ohio medical helicopter on its way to pick up a hospital patient made “a sharp left turn” before a crash that killed three people including the pilot last month, according to a preliminary federal report.

The report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board said the Survival Flight helicopter, a Bell 407, made a turn to the right about 15 minutes after takeoff in suburban Columbus Jan. 29, followed by the left turn.

A Survival Flight operations control specialist observed the movements on flight tracking software, the report said.

The report said a “no-tracking alarm” activated after the left turn.

After the company lost track of the helicopter about 7:20 a.m., authorities located the wreckage nearly three hours later in rugged terrain in an area connected only by logging trails near the community of Zaleski, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) southeast of Columbus. Debris was scattered downslope over about 600 feet (183 meters).

The first rescuers on the scene detected a strong smell of fuel, the NTSB report said.

All three crew members were from Ohio: pilot Jennifer Topper, 34, of Sunbury and flight nurses Bradley Haynes, 48, of London and Rachel Cunningham, 33, of Galloway.

Two other air-medical companies opted not to accept the assignment over concerns about the weather that day.

Andy Arthurs, a Survival Flight vice president, declined comment while the investigation continues.

A follow-up report in six to nine months will include more details about the crash, with a final report several months after that to include the likely cause, NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said Tuesday.

https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/business/technology/article226158810.html

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:23

64 Years ago today: On 13 February 1955 a Sabena Douglas DC-6 flew into a hill on a flight to Rome, Italy, killing all 29 occupants.

Date: Sunday 13 February 1955 Time: 19:53 Type: Douglas DC-6 Operator: Sabena Registration: OO-SDB C/n / msn: 43063/60 First flight: 1947 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21 Total: Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Monte Terminillo (   Italy) Crash site elevation: 1700 m (5577 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Brussel-Haren Airport, Belgium Destination airport: Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy Flightnumber: 503

Narrative:
The Sabena DC-6 departed Brussels (BRU), Belgium at 17:17 on a scheduled flight to Rome-Ciampino (Italy), Kano (Nigeria) and Léopoldville (now Kinshasa, D.R.Congo).
Contact with Ciampino ACC was initiated according to plan at 19:29 , at which time the aircraft had passed over Florence at 17500 feet. At 19:48 Ciampino control asked the aircraft whether it had passed over Viterbo. Instead of answering this question directly, the crew inquired whether the Viterbo NDB was on full power. The controller replied that another aircraft had overflown the Viterbo NDB shortly before and had found it to be operating properly.
At 19:51 GMT the aircraft stated that it had passed over Viterbo NDB one minute previously and requested clearance to descend to 5500 feet ; this was granted . One minute later it inquired whether the Ciampino ILS were operating and received an affirmative reply. At 19:53, OO-SDB called Rome control but communication was suddenly cut off.
The airplane hit the slope of the Costone dell’Acquasanta at a height of 1700 metres

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The navigation was conducted without making use of all such radio aids as would have permitted checking, and consequently correcting the drift of the aircraft whereas the crew actually remained unaware of the drift. In fact, instead of making sure they were over the Viterbo beacon, they merely held that conviction, and therefore the approach procedure to the Rome terminal area (which prescribes overflight of the Viterbo beacon) was erroneously applied. The following contributing causes may be taken into consideration, 1) crosswind to the route stronger than forecast; 2) weather conditions particularly unfavourable to radio reception in MF.”

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Illinois Firefighter with Down syndrome rejoins department after bullying complaint

Statter 911 - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:32

It took social media campaign & publicity for Sandoval Fire Department to work things out with Jason Eagan

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/13

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 03:47

 

2/13/1895 three Lynn, MA firefighters died “while operating at a fire on the first and second floors of a four-story frame hardware store. The fire rapidly shot through the roof and the building collapsed, burying twelve firefighters under tons of burning debris. One injured firefighter was quickly removed, but the remaining eleven had to be dug out by hand. Mutual aid was called to the scene to help with the rescue efforts and also combat the fire, which had now spread to two exposures. Within a half-hour, the remaining men were removed. Three were killed and the remaining nine firefighters were seriously injured, one who had his right hand cut off by an axe.”

2/13/1901 an Appleton, WI firefighter “died of smoke inhalation at the Kimberly Clark Paper Mill fire.”

2/13/1909 Milwaukee, WI the Johns Manville Manufacturing Company fire killed five firefighters and injured about a dozen when the rear brick wall collapsed without warning at 225 Clybourne Street. “On arrival, firefighters found heavy fire showing from the first and second floors of a six-story brick asbestos factory. The building became fully involved in fire and firefighters fought the blaze from every available vantage point, including the roof of a piano factory to the rear. As firefighters attacked the fire, most of the front wall, from the second floor up, collapsed into the street. As the Assistant Chief went to the rear to get the men off the roof of the four-story piano factory, the rear wall of the fire building collapsed onto it, carrying numerous firefighters down through the top two floors of the structure. The dead and injured had to be lowered from the upper floor windows by ropes. Five members of the MFD were killed in the collapse of the wall and another member of Engine 19 was critically injured. He died February 15th as a result of injuries sustained. It was discovered that the two top floors of the asbestos plant were added on just several years before the fatal fire. The fire started when a worker was heating a “fireproof” varnish for coating pipes on a stove, and the container exploded, showering him with the flaming product. He ran from the building engulfed in flames prior to the arrival of firefighters.”

2/13/1912 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of injuries he sustained while operating at an alarm.

2/13/1914 a Duluth, MN firefighter died at a fire in a two-story hide and skin warehouse. “He was operating with his company in heavy smoke on the second floor, when he suddenly collapsed into the arms of his captain. Thinking that he was overcome by smoke, the captain enlisted the aid of several other firefighters to carry him to a window for air. Being unable to revive him, the men carried their fallen comrade from the burning building and took him into a candy factory across the street. Even after his pronouncement, fellow firefighters still worked to revive him, to no avail.”

2/13/1922 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died of smoke inhalation after returning to quarters , after operating at a fire at 104 Lenox Avenue.”

2/13/1923 a Franklin, NH firefighter died while fighting a fire at the New Hampshire Orphans Home. At 3:30 a.m. Box 14 was sounded for a building fire. “There were sixty-one children in the nursery building, all under seven years of age. All were saved, and no injuries were reported among them. Firefighters, including the victim, were playing a stream into the nursery and were about to put up a ladder against the wall when it collapsed without warning. Because of the deep snow, the men had no chance to run from the falling bricks and were buried beneath the debris.”

2/14/1934 a El Paso, TX firefighter died from burn injuries he received during a flashover at the Old American Furniture Company warehouse fire. The building nearly burned to the ground was located across the street from Fire Station 9. He along with two other firefighters, were caught in a flashover. “Since then, firefighters who have worked at Station 9 speak of strange things that happen in the station. One of the oddest is that usually right before a big fire in the area occurs, the firefighters are signaled that it is coming.”

2/13/1939 a Detroit, MI firefighter “died from the effects of smoke inhalation that he had suffered the day before while fighting a house fire on Hickory Avenue.”

2/13/1939 a San Francisco, CA firefighter died of injuries he received at the Desk Company fire, at 601 Mission.

2/13/1957 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained while operating at a two-alarm fire at Rockaway Avenue and Pacific Streets.

2/13/1971 two Chicago, IL firefighters died while “fighting a fire inside the building housing A. A. Englebart, Inc., a heating control and appliance dealer, when an explosion erupted, and the one-story building collapsed. Five other firefighters and four civilians were injured in the explosion and collapse. Firefighters were battling flames in the rear of the building when the explosion occurred. Some of the firefighters were blown out of the building by the explosion, and one firefighter reported that the force of the blast blew off some of his gear. The explosion demolished most of the building, scattering debris into the streets and neighboring apartments, and civilians more than one block away were treated for cuts from flying glass.”

2/13/2016 a train trestle fire cuts Amtrak route west of New Orleans, LA in Saint Charles Parish. Firefighters used helicopters and airboats to fight the fire on a train trestle that was reported around 8:00 a.m. The trestle also carries four to eight freight trains a day.

2/13/2016 a fire engulfed a building set to be Central Asia’s tallest tower while it was still under construction in Kazakhstan in the Kazakh capital of Astana. When the fire department arrived, floors 11 to 25 were actively burning, in the 88-story, 1,250-foot-tall, tower. It took firefighters six hours to control the fire that is believed to have started on the 25th floor.

2/13/2010 Flint, MI four children ages one, two, three, and four-years-old were killed in an apartment fire that started from unattended cooking.

2/13/2010 Phelan, AL a house fire killed four that started from a small heater placed too close to a bed.

2/13/2005 the 32-story, 348’, Windsor Building in Madrid, Spain, caught fire and burned for two days; the building was completely engulfed in flames at one point. “The fire was first detected on the 21st floor and spread quickly throughout the entire building, leading to the collapse of the outermost, steel parts of the upper floors.”

2/13/1983, seventy-four people were killed when a fire blazed through a cinema in Turin, Italy at the Statuto Cinema. A fire started on the ground floor and quickly spread to seats covered in plastic that produced toxic smoke. The crowd panicked causing a stampede that crushed several people to death.

2/13/1975 Peoria, IL a fire on the seventh floor of the nine-story Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge forced the evacuation of 119 guests. The fire was confined to the room of origin; however, the door to the room was left open allowing smoke and heat to travel into the seventh-floor corridor creating an evacuation problem, also permitting smoke to enter one stair and migrate to the 8th and 9th floors.

2/13/1939 Bellefonte, PA High School fire, nine-hundred students fled coatless as fire swept the four-story brick high school building in the town’s residential district. Firefighters were unable to control the blaze which started in the boiler room and spread to the ventilating system, quickly filling classrooms with smoke. No one was injured.

2/13/1936 Lum’s Chinese Restaurant fire in New York City, NY killed five and injured forty-one, panic rather than flames that caused the deaths, flames swept through the second-floor restaurant at 735 Lexington Avenue that started in a ground floor haberdashery.

2/13/1895 Elwood, Indiana a gas explosion destroyed a city block and injured three in the very early hour of the morning.

2/13/1885 eighteen of the 685 patients died fire at the Blackley alms house (an insane asylum) in Philadelphia, PA on the west side of the Schuylkill River. The fire originated in the north 145’ X 60’ wing of in the old portion on the east side of the main building containing sixty separate cells for violent patients, twenty on each floor.

2/13/1799 the first state-level insurance regulatory act passed in Massachusetts.

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Four fired Florida firefighters now criminally charged in racist & lewd prank

Statter 911 - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 00:04

City of Miami lieutenant's family photos defaced & noose left on pictures in 2017 incident

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Bacon County Volunteer Firefighter Arrested For Arson

Bacon County Volunteer Firefighter Arrested for Arson
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CAMBRIDGE MASS FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT 3 ALARM FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 19:14

A firefighter was injured Monday morning while battling a 3-alarm structure blaze in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The fire was reported around 8 a.m. at a home on 513 Putnam Ave., Cambridge Fire Department said.

NBC10 Boston’s Sky Ranger helicopter was over the scene, where smoke could be seen coming from a wooden 2-story home. At least four fire trucks responded to the blaze and nearby streets were shut down as crews battled the inferno.

The hurt firefighter’s current condition is unclear.

Cambridge Fire said the blaze was knocked down at approximately 9 a.m.

It is unclear how many residents lived in the building or if the structure was abandoned.

Authorities are investigating what caused the blaze.

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The entire 911 call from Polk County, Florida will infuriate you

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 18:32

911 talked Loretta Pickard to her death

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Mission City Official’s side with local firefighter amid pending lawsuit

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:14

Please click here for full article and video.

 

Mission firefighter Homer Salinas fought for his life, first battling cancer he says he got while on the job.

He continues to fight. This time, a legal battle. Salinas was diagnosed with cancer last year.

After going back and forth to receive worker’s compensation, he finally got it. But now the insurance company, the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP), is firing back.

“We should not have to go through this,” said Salinas. “My family should not have to go through what they are going through.”

In January, TMLIRP filed an appeal on behalf of the City of Mission, requesting a judicial review of the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation.

But city officials said the company did not have discretion to sue in their name.

On Wednesday night, city commission members held a special meeting to discuss the issue.

The city commission unanimously ruled against the appeal filed by the TMLIRP and reaffirmed their support for Salinas.

“The law is very restrictive in nature and yes, it needs to be reformed and yes it needs to be addressed,” said Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña.

For Salinas, the support is welcomed but said more should’ve been done to avoid the litigation.

“My question is, how did we get to this point?” he said. “How can we let municipality give that much power to a second entity and you have no control of it?”

Robert Lopez, President of the Mission Firefighters Association, said at least six other firefighters in his chapter have had similar work-related illnesses.

Salinas’ case could set a precedent for all firefighters, not only here in the Rio Grande Valley, but also nationwide, said Lopez.

”It’s a dangerous job and we just hope that when we need help, somebody is there for us,” said Lopez.

While Salinas is now in good health, he said this is a battle he will continue fighting.

“If I don’t make the stand, other firefighters are going to have the same problem,” said Salinas.

Mission city officials said Wednesday night that they will go before the TMLIRP board to pursue the company to drop the lawsuit against Salinas.

O’Caña will be traveling to Austin on Tuesday to lobby for legislation that will ensure worker’s compensation for firefighters like Salinas who get ill while on the job.

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Today is Tuesday the 12th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:00

Here are the stories for today…

Please take a minute of your time and read the piece from Chief Goldfeders “The Secret List” and help by taking the “NFPA Standard 1851” survey.

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Good Samaritans frantically try to rescue driver trapped in a truck after a helicopter crashes into the vehicle and kills a Brazilian TV anchor and the pilot

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:54
  • Award-winning journalist, Ricardo Boechat, was killed after the helicopter he was travelling in crashed onto a truck on a highway in Sao Paulo on Monday
  • Cell phone videos captured the moment two people came to the aid of the trapped truck driver and worked to free him
  • Boechat was a TV anchor with Brazilian station TV Band and headed its nightly news program
  • The 66-year-old won three Esso Prizes, Brazil’s most prestigious journalism award
  • Boechat is survived by his wife, Veruska, and six children

By ASSOCIATED PRESS and ADRY TORRES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Good Samaritans were caught on camera rushing to the aid of a truck driver moments after a helicopter carrying an award-winning Brazilian television anchor crashed into a tractor-trailer on a busy highway, instantly killing the newsman. 

Ricardo Boechat, 66, was returning from a university in the city of Campinas when his helicopter crashed onto a truck on the left lane of Anhanguera Highway in northwestern Sao Paulo on Monday.

Police also confirmed that the pilot died.

Alarming cell phone images capture the moment a woman and man are scrambling to clear the debris from wrecked truck.

The woman attempts to pry the door open but she gives up after noticing it’s jammed. The driver was later freed.

The helicopter, a PT-HPG model from 1975, crushed the big rig’s front hood and shattered its windshield.

The chopper’s tail was spotted on the ground near the trailer’s right side.

The rest of the helicopter was engulfed in flames on the shoulder lane and on the highway median.

Boechat who was born in Argentina while his father was serving a diplomatic mission in the neighboring Brazil later became a news star in Brazil.

The veteran journalist anchored TV Band’s main nightly news, as well as hosting a radio program and writing a column for IstoE magazine.

The station cut into its scheduled programming to announce his death at 1.51pm.

Boechat was also a frequent mediator of presidential debates for his network.

During his distinguished career, Boechat won three Esso Award, Brazil’s most prestigious journalism prize, for his reports on corruption. He was noted for poking fun at politicians across the political spectrum.

Police Captain Augusto Paiva said the truck driver suffered only minor injuries.

‘The helicopter tried to land in an access road close to a toll station. But then the truck came and they crashed. The fire occurred because of the collision,’ Paiva said.

President Jair Bolsonaro, a frequent target of Boechat’s criticism, expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Boechat is survived by his wife, Veruska, and six children.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6692167/Brazilian-TV-anchor-dies-helicopter-crash.html

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UTAH FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT BASEMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 07:51

A firefighter was injured while fighting a basement fire at Los Hermanos restaurant, 71 E. Center St., in Provo, according to a tweet from Provo Fire and Rescue. The firefighter has minor injuries after falling down a flight of stairs and is being evaluated at a hospital.

The blaze closed down Center Street between University Avenue and 100 East.

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