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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Woman sentenced 74 years for arson, murder of two Missouri firefighters

The woman who ignited gallons of flammable liquids in her nail salon looking to get an insurance check but ended up killing two Kansas City firefighters was sentenced Friday to 74 years in prison. The stiff sentence for Thu Hong Nguyen was punishment for causing what Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor Dan Nelson called “pain that is real, is ragged and is ongoing” for the families and friends of firefighters John V.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Kansas City Star
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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

California firefighters: Battalion chief secretly photographed, videotaped union members

A La Verne Fire battalion chief secretly took more than 250 videos, 1,500 photographers and kept a 235-page file of notes, some of which included conversations union members had with their wives, the La Verne Firefighters Association alleges in a new claim filed against the city last week. The association, engaged in a legal battle with the city the last 10 months, alleges Battalion Chief Michael Thompson began his surveillance of union members in the summer of 2017 with the intent to gather evidence for disciplinary action against them.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Bulletin
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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Illinois firefighters to help battle human sex trafficking

The Peoria Fire Department is trained to do much more than just put out flames; in fact now they're adding a new skill to their repertoire, that could save someone's life, but not in the way most would assume. They're joining the fight against human sex trafficking in Central Illinois through a new training.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Week.com
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Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-HME Rescue-Pumper

Dona Ana County 14, Las Cruces, NM Fire Department Ahrens-Fox rescue-pumper. HME 1871 Spectr cab and chassis; Cummins ISL9 450-hp engine; Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump.

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

Behind The Wheel: After Long Career, Firetruck Finds New Home In Royal Oak

Thompson currently owns a 1978 Ford F-700 firetruck pumper unit that’s all-original, unrestored and still pumps. He previously owned a firetruck for about 13 years, but he sold it due to how much work it required. Eventually, though, seller’s remorse started to kick in.

“I missed having a firetruck so much that I realized I had to get another one,” said Thompson. “It’s just a blast. It’s just stupid, crazy fun.”

Thompson, a retired General Motors Co. engineer, bought his latest firetruck on eBay from a collector in Flint in 2015. Before that, the truck had a long career that spanned multiple states and fire departments.

Although he’s still researching the truck’s history, Thompson said he has determined that the firetruck was purchased brand-new in 1978 by a fire department in Pennsylvania, and then it moved on to a fire department in Missouri. It made its way to Sedan, Kansas, in the mid-to-late ’90s, where it stayed in service until 2013. 

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