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A week after Glenn Usdin's FireTruckBlog.com told the story of the man who couldn't seem to give away his fire truck to the Detroit Fire Department, there's an update.
The department's mechanic and Detroit's fire commissioner inspected Joe Rippolone's 1983, tower ladder. Commissioner Donald Austin has said it is a donation worth accepting.
Click here to see more from the fire commissioner.
Last week, firefighters attending FDIC in Indianapolis made the climb (Previous STATter911.com coverage of the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at FDIC is here). Wednesday, firefighters stepped it up at Hilton Washington to honor the 343 honor firefighters who lost their lives on 9-11. The event was co-hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Among these doing the climb were Prince George's County Fire/.EMS Department Chief Marc Bashoor and a class of PGFD recruits.
Click HERE to learn how to host or participate in a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.
Scenes from Wednesday's climb:
Residents in Lyndhurst, Chagrin Falls and Shaker Heights will need to change their ionization type smoke detectors to photoelectric ones.
Shaker Heights (Ohio) Fire Chief Kevin Jacobs told WKYC-TV, "We've found photoelectric smoke detectors tend to respond tens of minutes faster in a smoldering fire which are more common today than the fast burning fires."
The fire department plans to provide new photoelectric smoke detectors to residents who can't afford to make the switch.
Read WKYC's full story here.
A tour bus overturned early Saturday morning on the New England Thruway in the Bronx, killing 13 people. Six others have been transported with critical injuries.
More than 60 firefighters were on the scene. A spokesperson for FDNY told WCBS, “The bus flipped over on its side. The roof of the bus was sheered off by that light pole. This is very bad.”
There were 31 passengers and a driver aboard, headed to New York City from Mohegan Sun, a casino in Connecticut.
Screen grab from WABC‘s video:
Evangelyn Code told ABC2 that Lutherville VFC Firefighter Mark Falkenhan rescued her from her third floor apartment during Wednesday night’s fire.
“I was getting ready to jump and he asked me please don’t jump, I’m coming to you with a ladder and he came over with a ladder,” said Code.
She returned to the apartment complex Thursday and told reporter Brian Kuebler:
“He was my hero but I feel bad about what happened, I really do. Knowing he was a volunteer firefighter and leaves his two children, his wife….I feel bad.”
Watch the video above to see Brian’s interview with Evangelyn Code and read the story on ABC2news.com here.
VIEWINGS: Saturday and Sunday, January 22 and 23, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Location: Ruhl Armory, 1035 York Rd, Towson
FUNERAL: Monday, January 24, at 11 a.m.
Location: Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore
BURIAL: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 East Padonia Rd., Timonium