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Search for Survivors Continues in Mexico City

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:21

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a new day on Thursday, a vigil broadcast across the nation as rescue workers struggled in rain and darkness to pick away unstable debris and reach her.

The sight of her wiggling fingers early Wednesday became a symbol for the hope that drove thousands of professionals and volunteers to work frantically at dozens of wrecked buildings across the capital and nearby states looking for survivors of the magnitude 7.1 quake that killed at least 245 people in central Mexico and injured over 2,000.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said the number of confirmed dead in the capital had risen from 100 to 115. An earlier federal government statement had put the overall toll at 230, including 100 deaths in Mexico City.

Mancera also said two women and a man had been pulled alive from a collapsed office building in the city's center Wednesday night, almost 36 hours after the quake.

President Enrique Pena Nieto declared three days of mourning while soldiers, police, firefighters and everyday citizens kept digging through rubble, at times with their hands gaining an inch at a time, at times with cranes and backhoes to lift heavy slabs of concrete.

"There are still people groaning. There are three more floors to remove rubble from. And you still hear people in there," said Evodio Dario Marcelino, a volunteer who was working with dozens of others at a collapsed apartment building.

A man was pulled alive from a partly collapsed apartment building in northern Mexico City more than 24 hours after the Tuesday quake and taken away in a stretcher, apparently conscious

In all, 52 people had been rescued alive since the quake, the city's Social Development Department said, adding in a tweet: "We won't stop." It was a race against time, Pena Nieto warned in a tweet of his own saying that "every minute counts to save lives."

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Los Angeles Search and Rescue Team Prepares for Deployment to Mexico

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:24

PACOIMA, Calif. (KABC) -- After a formal request from the Mexican government, the L.A. County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team deployed to the earthquake-ravaged country on Wednesday as part of a U.S. agency's assistance effort.

The USAR team officially received the call to deploy on Wednesday afternoon, according to the fire department and a statement from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Team members had been awaiting the green light after gathering at a staging location in Pacoima.

"Since midnight last night, we've been packing all of our equipment. We have about a semi's worth of equipment packed up, about 55,000 pounds, so we are self-sufficient from anywhere from one day to 21 days. Food, water, medical supplies we may need, and all our tools," said Inspector Joey Marron with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Read more...

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Mexico Earthquake

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:34

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Mexicans Dig Through Collapsed Buildings as Quake Kills 225

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:36

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities stood at 225.

Adding poignancy and a touch of the surreal, Tuesday's magnitude-7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands. Just hours earlier, people around Mexico had held earthquake drills to mark the date.

One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs. Journalists saw rescuers pull at least two small bodies from the rubble, covered in sheets.

Volunteer rescue worker Dr. Pedro Serrano managed to crawl into the crevices of the tottering pile of rubble that had been Escuela Enrique Rebsamen. He made it into a classroom, but found all of its occupants dead.

"We saw some chairs and wooden tables. The next thing we saw was a leg, and then we started to move rubble and we found a girl and two adults — a woman and a man," he said.

"We can hear small noises, but we don't know if they're coming from above or below, from the walls above (crumbling), or someone below calling for help."

A mix of neighborhood volunteers, police and firefighters used trained dogs and their bare hands to search through the school's ruins. The crowd of anxious parents outside the gates shared reports that two families had received WhatsApp messages from girls trapped inside, but that could not be confirmed.

Rescuers brought in wooden beams to shore up the fallen concrete slabs so they wouldn't collapse further and crush whatever airspaces remained.

The federal Education Department reported late Tuesday that 25 bodies had been recovered from the school's wreckage, all but four of them children. It was not clear whether those deaths were included in the overall death toll of 225 reported by the federal civil defense agency. Pena Nieto had earlier reported 22 bodies found and said 30 children and eight adults were reported missing.

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7.1 Magnitude Quake in Mexico Kills at Least 44

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:26

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 44 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust and thousands fled into the streets in panic.

The quake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south, and it occurred as Mexicans commemorated the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed thousands.

Mexican media broadcast images of multiple downed buildings in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby Cuernavaca. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighborhood in the capital.

Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez reported on Twitter that at least 42 people had died in his state south of Mexico City.

Gov. Alfredo del Mazo told the Televisa news network that two people died in the State of Mexico, which also borders the capital: a quarry worker who was killed when the quake unleashed a rockslide and another person who was hit by a falling lamppost.

Rescue workers rushed to the site of damaged or collapsed buildings in the capital, and reporters saw onlookers cheer as a woman was pulled from the rubble.

Rescuers immediately called for silence so that they could listen for others who might be trapped.

Gala Dluzhynska said she was taking a class with 11 other women on the second floor of a building on the trendy Alvaro Obregon street when the quake struck and window and ceiling panels fell as the building began to tear apart.

She said she fell in the stairs and people began to walk over her, before someone finally pulled her up.

"There were no stairs anymore. There were rocks," she said.

They reached the bottom only to find it barred. A security final came and unlocked it.

The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent people throughout the city fleeing from homes and offices, and many people remained in the streets for hours, fearful of returning to the structures.

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Texas Agencies Conduct MCI Drill, Utilize GPS App to Find Patients

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:15

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A mass casualty training exercise in Southlake Monday gave first responders an opportunity to practice finding potential victims, without ever speaking to them to know their location. Just like a mapping or rideshare app, the SirenGPS app gives location information to public safety officials.

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3 Die in New York City Bus Collision

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:28

NEW YORK (AP) — A city bus and a tour bus collided and spun around in a New York City intersection on Monday, leaving three people dead, including a pedestrian, officials said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was shocked by the "sheer destruction," and noted that "one of those who was lost was simply walking down the sidewalk" as the crash came "out of nowhere."

The pedestrian was killed along with the tour bus driver and a passenger on the city bus. Sixteen other people were hurt, some of them seriously, in the crash at 6:15 a.m. in the Flushing, Queens neighborhood, city officials said at a briefing.

A building that houses a number of retail stores, including a fried chicken restaurant, also sustained a "very substantial" impact, and experts were working to make sure it was secure, de Blasio said.

The hospitalized city bus driver was being interviewed by investigators, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota said.

Though the investigation has just begun, "These buses spun around. That requires an enormous amount of speed," Lhota said.

"We want to make sure we understand what happened and prevent this from ever happening again," Lhota said.

Signage on the tour bus showed it was from the Dahlia Group, Inc., based in Flushing. A person answering the phone there declined to comment; there was no immediately response to an emailed comment request.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that a Dahlia bus was also involved in a fatal crash in Connecticut in February 2016.

One of the company's buses was driving through a snowstorm to reach the Mohegan Sun casino when it overturned on Interstate 95 in Madison, east of New Haven. Thirty-six people were hurt in addition to the person who died.

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London Subway Bombing

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:58

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Bomb on London Subway Leaves 22 Wounded

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:32

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of London police embarked on a massive manhunt Friday, racing to find out who placed a homemade bomb on a packed London subway train during the morning rush hour. The explosion wounded 22 people and ignited a panicked stampede to safety.

Witnesses described seeing a "wall of fire" as the bomb — hidden in a plastic bucket inside a supermarket freezer bag — went off about 8:20 a.m. while the train was at the Parsons Green station in southwest London.

It was not a large explosion, and British police and health officials said none of the injured was thought to be seriously hurt. Yet police said it was a terrorist attack, the fifth in Britain this year.

Six hours later, the Metropolitan Police force said there had been no arrests, but hundreds of detectives, aided by intelligence agents, were looking at surveillance camera footage in the subway, carrying out forensic work and speaking to witnesses.

The site of the blast is in a leafy, affluent part of the city, not near any of London's top tourist sites. British media reported that the bomb included a timer. It's not clear whether the device was intended to explode when it did.

Police were alerted when commuters reported a noise and a flash aboard the District Line train. Commuter Lauren Hubbard was on the train when she heard a loud bang.

"I looked around and this wall of fire was just coming towards us. You just run," said Hubbard, who fled the above-ground station with her boyfriend.

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HCEMS Emergency Medical Professionals Deploy to Florida

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:29

HCEMS Paramedic supervisors Lt. Brian Bricker, Lt. Billy Burnette and Lt. David Burdett, deployed for possible 14 day mission.  Lt. Burdett acted as the team leader. Other agencies making up the Region III team were Cheatham County EMS, City Of Bartlett Fire Department EMS, Memorial Hospital EMS,  and Puckett EMS.  The Region III team deployed on Friday, September 8 from Chattanooga as part of Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma response to help local, state, and federal officials in Florida deal with the impact of Hurricane Irma, the second catastrophic hurricane to strike the United States this season.

Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma teams had a total of 151 members to include: a 40-person nurse strike team; five ambulance strike teams with 57 members; three urban search and rescue teams with 40 personnel; two healthy incident management teams with 10 personnel; and a four-member team of emergency management officials.

“We were privileged to have the opportunity to provide emergency equipment and services to local, state and federal officials and helping the people of Florida before, during and following the destruction of Hurricane Irma,” said HCEMS Lt. Brian Bricker. “The coordinated efforts of each government agency, health care institution and team member was quick, organized and effective.”

“We anticipated a longer stay in the Florida area; however, the coordinated preparedness and immediate response to the disaster by many agencies led to less need,” said Lt. David Burdette. “The recovery continues in Florida and our team here in Chattanooga Region III will be available as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Florida community as they begin the process of rebuilding their communities.”

The ambulance strike teams were developed as a voluntary program by the Tennessee Department of Health EMS to assist in local, state and regional disasters.   Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service is part of Tennessee’s Region III Team.  Captain Eric Ethridge of HCEMS acts as the Region III Ambulance Strike Team Coordinator.  Captain Ethridge said “I am glad to have all of the Tennessee Ambulance Strike Teams home today, but especially proud of our team and glad Region III was able to assist the citizens of Florida.”  Captain Ethridge also stated “This was an effort supported by many departments within each agency that provided assets to the deployment.  Many behind the scenes people made this possible.”

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Israeli Team Assisting Florida Keys Residents Save Dozens on Tuesday, To Continue Rescue Operations in the Area For the Duration of Mission 

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:15

Jerusalem - On Tuesday, the Israel Rescue Coalition and United Hatzalah first response teams divided up into two groups with one headed to Key West, and the other headed to Naples.

In Naples, the team walked into pandemonium. Houses were completely destroyed and people were without food, water and electricity. The team was warned by local officials that there were groups of looters who had no hesitation to shoot at first responders. Luckily, the group did not encounter any of these groups. They worked with community centers that were taking in displaced people who had stayed in the city during the hurricane but were forced to evacuate their homes due to a lack of power, water and food. They joined clean up efforts and helped feed some 500 people at a local Chabad house after clearing the damage that the house had sustained during the hurricane. In one location, Psychotrauma responders helped calm a man who had been stuck in an elevator for some time while emergency crews worked to extricate him.

In the Florida Keys, the situation was far more dire. Key West and many of the surrounding Keys had been without water or electricity since Saturday, and in spite of an evacuation order for the area, many people had decided to find shelter in the safety of their own homes. The highway leading to the Keys had flooded and there was no way in or out for many people who were trapped there.

“One such person, a military veteran named John, lives by himself in the city of Marathon in the central Keys,” said Tamar Citron, a veteran Search and Rescue volunteer from Israel who is part of the IRC and United Hatzalah team. “John suffers from a respiratory condition that requires him to receive oxygen on a regular basis. Once the hurricane hit, he like all the residents who were still on the Islands were unable to leave. He took shelter from the storm in his bathroom and has spent the last four days without water, electricity or telephone reception. When we got to him he barely had any drinking water or food left.”

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After Natural Disasters, Risk of Death and Injury Rises

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 09:56

ATLANTA (AP) — Irma's deadly rampage is over but authorities say the risk of deaths and injuries rises significantly after natural disasters. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says all kinds of hazards can endanger storm survivors, returning evacuees, emergency responders and cleanup crews. "The aftermath of disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can be just as dangerous as the storms themselves," notes CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald. And Orlando Fire Department Lt. Aaron Rhodes, notes stress and fatigue can lead to trouble after a disaster: "For one, people get tired, people get frustrated and start cutting corners."

Here's a look at some of the dangers:

Heat and humidity. Eight patients at a sweltering Hollywood, Florida, nursing home died after Irma knocked out the air conditioning. The deaths are being investigated as heat-related. Meanwhile, power outages afflicting millions in Florida could last days or more. Heat-related ailments can include dehydration and breathing difficulties. Experts say heat stroke can send the body's temperature soaring, while heat exhaustion can lead to heavy, sweaty, pale and clammy skin, a fast and weak pulse and even fainting. Heat cramps also can cause muscle spasms.

Lethal fumes such as carbon monoxide from gas-powered generators and clean-up equipment. Millions in Florida are without power and many turn to portable generators. When used improperly, generators can trap toxic fumes and cause death. Experts say generators, as well as charcoal and gas burning grills, should always be used outdoors and never inside where they can't be properly ventilated. Florida has reported at least six carbon monoxide deaths since Irma. Possible symptoms include headaches, dizziness and nausea.

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8 Die at Florida Nursing Home in Irma's Sweltering Aftermath

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:47

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears Wednesday about the safety of Florida's 4 million senior citizens amid power outages that could go on for days.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: "The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation."

Gov. Rick Scott called on Florida emergency workers to immediately check on nursing homes to make sure patients are safe, and he vowed to punish anyone found culpable in the deaths.

"This situation is unfathomable," he said.

The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC.

Exactly how the deaths happened was under investigation, with Sanchez saying authorities have not ruled anything out, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

Across the street from the nursing home sat a fully air-conditioned hospital, Memorial Regional.

"It's a sad state of affairs," the police chief said. "We all have elderly people in facilities, and we all know we depend on those people in those facilities to care for a vulnerable elderly population."

The deaths came as people trying to put their lives back together in hurricane-stricken Florida and beyond confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm's aftermath, including tree-clearing accidents and lethal fumes from generators.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 17 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in South Carolina and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.

At least six people died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators in Florida. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

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1 Dead, 3 Injured in Washington State High School Shooting

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:36

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — A shooter opened fire at a high school in a tiny town in Washington state Wednesday, killing one student, injuring three others and sending worried parents to the school in a frenzied rush, authorities said.

Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one child died at Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane, while three injured victims were taken to a hospital and expected to survive.

"The shooter has been apprehended and is taken into custody," he said.

Schaeffer, who didn't release any information about a possible motive or the age of the suspect, said the shooting was especially hard for first responders, many of whom have children at the school.

A two-lane road into the community of about 500 people near the Idaho border was clogged with vehicles. Some people abandoned their cars on the street to make it to their children.

Cheryl Moser said her son, a freshman at Freeman High School, called her from a classroom after hearing shots fired.

"He called me and said, 'Mom, there are gunshots.' He sounded so scared. I've never heard him like that," Moser told The Spokesman-Review newspaper. "You never think about something happening like this at a small school."

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital received three pediatric patients, spokeswoman Nicole Stewart said. They were in stable condition and surrounded by family, she said.

Authorities didn't immediately release the ages of the victims.

Stephanie Lutje told The Associated Press that she was relieved to hear her son was safe after his high school near Freeman was put on lockdown. She commended the school district for its communication with parents.

"It's been amazing, within probably 15-20 minutes of hearing about it, I'd already received a phone call, I'd already received a text message saying that their school is OK," she said.

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Deaths from Carbon Monoxide, Power Outages Reported After Irma

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:49

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents struggling to put their lives back together in Hurricane Irma's wake fell victim to new hazards, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents, house fires and deadly fumes from generators.

Five residents of a Hollywood nursing home that lost power in the storm died, authorities said Wednesday. They gave no immediate details on the cause. Police and fire crews began evacuating Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after the deaths there.

In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

Also, at least five people died and more than a dozen were treated for breathing carbon monoxide fumes from generators in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

Aside from the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida were killed in Irma-related circumstances, in some cases during the cleanup, well after the storm. A Tampa man died after the chainsaw he was using to remove branches kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

Elsewhere, Irma was blamed for four deaths in South Carolina and two in Georgia. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 percent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and nearly all the rest were heavily damaged.

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N.Y. Governor Expands Sick Leave Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:49

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation that expands unlimited paid sick leave benefits for 9/11 first responders.

First responders to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, who later developed an illness as a result, could now be eligible for unlimited paid sick leave.

“When the towers came down, those big clouds that people breathed in, there may be people who ran from that scene, who may be diagnosed with the 9/11 disease and not even know it yet,” Clifton Park Fire Chief Art Hunsinger said.

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Israel Response Teams Help Evacuees in Atlanta and Savannah Before Heading to Florida  

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:13

Jerusalem - The Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah (UH) Search and Rescue team that departed Israel on Saturday night landed in Atlanta early Sunday morning. The team stocked up on supplies to bring to battered Florida but was grounded due to severe tornado warnings that affected the area of Atlanta and southern Georgia all throughout Sunday. Not wanting to lose any precious time that could be spent helping Florida evacuees, the team headed to the Beth Jacob synagogue of Toco Hills where the congregation and synagogue itself were providing food and shelter for some 1,500 Irma evacuees.

The Orthodox Synagogue of Beth Jacob and its congregation took it upon themselves to house and feed the evacuees, who traveled north in order to escape the devastation of Hurricane Irma. As reported by Fox5 News in Atlanta, Rabbi Adam Stein of Beth Jacob Synagogue said, “This has been a very difficult time, but also a beautiful time; one in which communities have come together.”

Dr. Shula Wittenstein, a member of the IRC and UH team who is working as an EMS responder as well as a member of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response team, spoke about why the team felt it was important that they stop to help the evacuees in Atlanta. “We know what it’s like living in a country with a lot of terror, where we feel the impact every day. This is a different type of experience and challenge but it still involves a certain amount of tragedy and loss for many people. We want to reach out to these people in any way we can and help them immediately in the best and most professional way possible. It is pretty obvious that we have a big job to do here and I hope that we will be able to help as many people as we can. ” Dr. Wittenstein is a Psychologist who volunteers with United Hatzalah in Israel by providing psychological and emotional stabilization and first aid to people who need it in the immediate aftermath of traumatic situations.

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Residents Return Home to Some of the Hard-Hit Florida Keys

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:52

MIAMI (AP) — Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-slammed Florida Keys as officials tried to piece together the scope of Irma's destruction and rushed aid into the drenched and debris-strewn state.

Two days after the storm roared into the Keys with 130 mph winds, the full extent of the destruction there was still a question mark because communications and access were cut off in many cases.

But residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed back for their first look.

The Lower Keys — including the chain's most distant and most populous island, Key West, with 27,000 people — were still off-limits, with a roadblock in place where the single highway to the farther islands was washed out. Road repairs were promised in the coming days.

Corey Smith, a UPS driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said Tuesday that power was out on the island, there was very limited gas and supermarkets were closed. Branches and other brush blocked some roads.

"They're shoving people back to a place with no resources," he said by telephone. "It's just going to get crazy pretty quick."

Still, he said people coming back to Key Largo should be relieved that many buildings escaped major damage.

On Tuesday morning, the rainy remnants of Irma pushed through Alabama and Mississippi after drenching Georgia. Flash-flood watches and warnings were issued around the Southeast.

Seven deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia and one in South Carolina. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

An estimated 13 million Florida residents were without electricity — two-thirds of the state's population — as sweltering heat returned across the peninsula in the storm's wake.

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JEMS Editor-in-Chief Reflects on 9/11

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:19

Today, I reflect back on 9/11 and the many friends that were impacted on that day—there are too many to mention all of them. They’re in my heart. There were many lives lost on 9/11, but also many lives saved due to the quick thoughts, actions and care rendered.

There are countless stories of EMS actions that took place on that fateful day which may never be heard. Many of these are detailed in our 9/11 editorial supplement. I chose this seemingly nondescript image because it reminds me of one of these stories. 

The image shows a burnt-out Crown Victoria, which EMS Deputy Chief Zach Goldfarb and his aide, EMT Mary Merced, had just placed in service that morning. 

They were so proud of their new command vehicle. They’d just packed all their boards and vests when the call came in for the World Trade Center.

They parked on the West Street highway. Zach began his command duties while Mary charted and retrieved vital information for him. Most importantly, Mary was his eyes and ears. 

It was Mary who noticed debris falling from the towers with increasing frequency. She called it to Zach’s attention. He immediately had crews move their vehicles further away from the Tower closest to them. 

Then Mary, who stood in the same spot for a long time and had an unobstructed view of the tower, advised Zach that she thought one of the towers was leaning.

Trusting his skilled EMT assistant, Zach immediately ordered everyone off the West Street Highway and into a building across the street in the financial center.

Moments after they vacated the West Street highway, the tower came down and produced the destruction you see in this photo.

The tower is nothing but a shell in the background. The walkway across West Street Highway to the financial center, the ambulances, a ladder truck and Zack and Mary’s new car are in the foreground: All destroyed.

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Dallas First Responders Climb 110 Flights in Honor of Fallen 9/11 Responders

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:33

Dallas (Fox4 News) -- More than 500 first responders remembered those who died on September 11, 2001, two days before the 16th anniversary of the national tragedy.

The men and women wore full gear as they scaled Renaissance Tower in Downtown Dallas, and carried with them the name and picture of a first responder who died on 9/11.

Renaissance Tower is 55 stories tall, half the height of the Twin Towers, so the first responders made the trip twice.

At the finish, the first responders rang a bell as each fallen hero was remembered by name.

“I just think 'there’s somebody at the top I’m trying to get to' that’s the only thing that keeps me going because it hurts,” said Officer Jerry Ramsey with the Longview Police Department, “I just want them to know we will not forget and we appreciate what they did and the sacrifices they made.” Read more...


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