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FDNY Sued over Sliding Pole Injury

An FDNY fire lieutenant who claims he hurt his back sliding down a wet pole last March, has filed suit against the city. Christopher Cooke, 50, suffered a fractured vertebrae sliding the pole at Engine Co. 254.  Lt. Cooke claims ...

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Maine Chief Terminated Over Amputations

A long-serving Maine fire chief is contemplating filing suit over his recent termination that was attributed to his legs being amputated. Skowhegan Fire Chief Tom Keene, was terminated on December 30, 2013 by Town Manager John Doucette Jr. Doucette admitted ...

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Architect Sentenced in LA LODD

A German architect has pled no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter for his role in a fire that claimed the life of an LA city firefighter in 2011. Gerhard Becker is expected to serve about six months in jail ...

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Prescott Ponders Life After Yarnell Hill Disaster

An editorial appeared Sunday in the Prescott (Arizona) News asking a rather sobering question:  in light of $65 million in claims against the City of Prescott and $273 million in claims against various governmental entities following the Yarnell Hill Fire ...

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Canadian Township Pleads Guilty in LODD

A township in Ontario, Canada has pled guilty to a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act stemming from the death of a 21 year old volunteer firefighter. Firefighter Paul Nelson was killed on December 27, 2011 when the ...

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California Fire District Sued For Retaliation

A fire district in California is facing a suit by three current and former firefighters who claim the department retaliated against them for their position on health and safety related matters. Christopher Blair, Han Domini, and Michael Hayek claim the ...

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NY and PA Lawsuits in the News

Two negligence lawsuits are in the fire law news today, one in New York involving the delayed response of an FDNY ambulance, the other in Pennsylvania where a firefighter aboard a tanker driven by an intoxicated chief is suing the ...

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Injured California Firefighter Suing For Retaliation

A Vallejo, California firefighter who suffered second and third degree burns while trying to save a victim’s life has filed suit following his dismissal in November 2012 alleging the city illegally retaliated against him. Todd Milan filed the suit against ...

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$36 Million Claim Filed in Yarnell Hill Fire

The first claim has been filed in the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters on June 30, 2013. The family of firefighter Grant McKee filed a civil claim that seeks in excess of $36 million. The claim alleges ...

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