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  • Florida firefighter speaks out on surviving fall in vehicle from expressway
    VIDEO: A Hialeah firefighter has recalled the night he flew over a barrier and off the Palmetto Expressway after, investigators said, he was hit by another driver, causing his truck to come to rest on its roof along the street below. Alain Pineiro is at home recovering from a fractured neck and rib, but it will take him longer to recover from the emotional pain of the crash.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami
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  • Missouri: Retirement badge of Clayton's first fire marshal returned to family years after it was lost in Florida
    The daughter of Clayton’s first fire marshal on Tuesday retrieved her father’s retirement badge after losing it in Florida. Jill Halsey, 75, of St. Charles, lost the badge at a Florida restaurant years ago — when, exactly, is unclear. But now, thanks to the diligence of Clayton fire Chief John Paul Jones, as well as the Florida man who found the badge, Halsey again has a piece of family history.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch
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  • Police officer’s bodycam video shows harrowing rescue of woman from burning car in California
    VIDEO: A Davis police officer recalled the tense moments before rescuing a woman from a burning car. It looks like a scene out of a Hollywood movie as Davis Police Cpl. Pheng Ly’s body camera shows him pulling a helpless woman out of her burning car and into safety. But the scene happened in real life Saturday night in the middle of Ly’s shift.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
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  • US is nearing 'rapid acceleration' of COVID-19 cases, expert warns, as daily infections hit about 60,000
    US COVID-19 cases will begin to rapidly accelerate in about a week, a leading health expert says, as the country's daily averages keep climbing toward the summer's peak and several states are setting hospitalization records. The US recorded more than 60,300 new cases Tuesday, and the national seven-day case average hit about 59,500 -- an increase of about 73% in five and a half weeks, Johns Hopkins University data show.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
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  • Michigan firefighters destroy $90,000 Mustang Shelby GT500 ... here's why
    Firefighters in Dearborn, Mich, destroyed a $90,000 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 last week, but they had a good reason. The department, which is located in the same town as Ford's headquarters, was using the pre-production muscle car donated by the automaker to hone the vehicle extraction skills needed to rescue victims from wrecked vehicles.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News
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  • Church destroyed by massive fire in Oklahoma
    VIDEO: Authorities are currently investigating a massive fire that consumed a church in northeast Oklahoma City late Monday night. Around 10 p.m. on Monday, Oklahoma City firefighters were called to a large fire at a vacant church in the 2200 block of N. Prospect. As soon as firefighters arrived on the scene, portions of the roof and the masonry walls began to collapse.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma City
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  • Coffee with a kicker: Nonprofit shop in Maryland will help volunteer firefighters recruit
    Second Alarm Brewhouse in Pasadena is pioneering a new business model: Great coffee that helps local volunteer firefighters. The shop has opened its doors in Pasadena and celebrated Saturday. But instead of cutting a ribbon, they cut a hose. The coffee shop was originally a coffee truck, and owner Duane McKee is a volunteer himself.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Capital Gazette - Metered Site
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  • Ohio: Firefighters agree to wage freeze as city deals with pandemic finances
    The city and its firefighters union have come to a contract agreement in which the International Association of Firefighters Local 974 agreed to a wage freeze for the first year of the three-year deal. City Council agreed to the new contract during its Zoom meeting held Monday, Oct. 19. With the city facing uncertainty as to its tax collections in a year in which COVID-19 has played havoc with communities' budgets, Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan was grateful for the union’s consideration.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
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  • Michigan city opens new $6M fire station with unique training equipment built in
    PHOTOS: The city of Portage’s all-new Fire Station No. 2 went into service this October with a design that takes into account the health and wellness of the firefighters who will use it and offers some unique training opportunities. The new facility at 6101 Oakland Drive replaces the oldest of three free stations in the city.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive
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  • From the chief: Los Angeles Fire Department can wear Dodgers caps
    The Dodgers are headed to the World Series after clinching their third National League pennant in four years Sunday, and all of Los Angeles is celebrating a thrilling 4-3 win over the Braves in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. That includes the Los Angeles Fire Department, whose chief announced via Twitter shortly after the Dodgers' victory that all LAFD firefighters are authorized to wear Dodgers caps while on duty through the end of the World Series.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLB.com
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