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  • Massive Fire Destroys Historic Church in Philadelphia's Tacony Neighborhood
    VIDEO/PHOTOS: A massive fire destroyed a historic church in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood. Firefighters were able to bring the flames under control around 7 p.m. Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said the building was a total loss. Built in 1884, St. Leo had been a community landmark in Tacony for more than 135 years.
    - PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia
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  • Firefighter shortage poses problem as number of California fires continues to rise
    Fires in Fresno are up 50% compared to this time last year, and with the hottest months still ahead, officials say that percentage is expected to rise. Firefighters are expecting 2021 to be a record-breaking year. Crews have already put out 2,500 fires this year. That's nearly half of last year's total in just over four months.
    - PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Fresno
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  • Firefighters’ lawsuit over cargo ship blasts in Florida moves to federal court
    A lawsuit filed by 10 Jacksonville firefighters who were injured last year while fighting a cargo ship fire at Blount Island has been transferred to federal court, News4Jax learned Friday. The lawsuit, filed by the Pajcic & Pajcic law firm, holds Hoegh Autoliners and several other companies responsible for the firefighters’ injuries stemming from the cargo ship fire and resulting explosion.
    - PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV News 4 Jacksonville
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  • 4-year-old boy becomes Texas fire chief through Make-A-Wish foundation
    VIDEO/PHOTOS: The McAllen fire department, along with other local fire and law enforcement agencies, came together to grant four-year-old Justin Perez’s wish to become one of his favorite superheroes, a firefighter. Fire Chief Jim Schultz said it was heartwarming to know that Perez looks up to front line workers.
    - PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVEO-TV NBC/CBS 23 Brownsville
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  • U.S. COVID cases down 30% over past two weeks as country averages 2 million shots per day
    The rate of average daily new COVID cases in the U.S. fell to below 41,000 over the weekend, down 30% from two weeks ago and the lowest level since September, Johns Hopkins University data showed. The country has reported an average of 2 million vaccinations per day over the past week, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, down 40% from its peak level.
    - PUB DATE: 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNBC
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  • East Meadow fire latest of 5 reported in New York in past 24 hours
    A series of fast-moving fires have destroyed homes and stretched firefighters thin on Long Island Thursday night. A total of five fires have been reported in Nassau County in the past 24 hours, including the latest fire reported in East Meadow shortly before 8:30 p.m. Dramatic video showed a large flash, in what appeared to have been some kind of an explosion that started the fire.
    - PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
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  • Vaccine Holdouts: How Some Departments Encourage First Responders to Get Vaccinated
    Though first responders risk their lives by fighting fires and crime every day, an investigation by the News4 I-Team found thousands of public safety personnel in the D.C. region may be risking their safety in another way: by declining to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The I-Team found not only are many police, fire and emergency response agencies grappling with how and whether to urge their members to get vaccinated; many are also operating with an incomplete picture of who has received the shot.
    - PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington DC
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  • West Virginia dive team member talks about finding alleged murder weapon in lake
    VIDEO: A possible murder weapon has been found at the bottom of a lake nearly a year after the killing. When Williamson firefighter Shane Runyon went through water rescue training, he never imagined he’d use those skills to help with a murder investigation. Williamson Police Department Chief Grady Dotson enlisted the Williamson Fire Department dive team’s help after getting a tip that a hammer allegedly used to kill John Jackson in May of last year had been thrown into Laurel Lake.
    - PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3 Huntington
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  • How a 10 cent wrist band is making North Carolina firefighters more aware of their cancer risk
    A 10-cent wrist band could help researchers give North Carolina firefighters greater insight into their risks of cancer. Occupational Health and Safety data reveals firefighters are nine percent more likely to get cancer than the general population. Why is part of a study between the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University, and North Carolina firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
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  • Fallen Heroes Day honors members of Maryland's public safety community who died in the line of duty
    Friday is the 36th annual Fallen Heroes Day. It's a day which honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel who died in the line of duty. The annual event is the only statewide ceremony in the nation that brings together all segments of the public safety community. The Fallen Heroes Day ceremony is usually open to the public.
    - PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore
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