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A TRUCK DRIVER DUMPING A LOAD of gravel in Brandywine, Maryland, last week was seriously injured when the truck rolled over onto him.  The load shifted during the dump causing the truck to roll and pitched him out of the cab.  The truck rolled onto him, but by being on a pile of loose gravel, he was parially cushioned and survived.  The rescue by the Prince George's County firefighters was complicated because the loose base prevented the use of air cushions or hydraulic lifts.

The Hyattsville Patch tells how they rescued him from the wreck in 40 minutes HERE.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, FIREFIGHTERS were working a vehicle extrication on a freeway off-ramp Monday morning when a woman drove through the police blockade and crashed into the accident scene. 

Press-Enterprise

The Press-Enterprise reported:

Around 7:50 a.m., another woman driving a black Toyota Camry lost control in the same area and careered into the parked emergency vehicles. The westbound lanes of the freeway were closed about the same time.

"She loses control for unknown reasons, takes out an exit sign … overturns an ambulance and hits an officer," Thompson said.

The CHP officer was standing with a male family member (of the entrapped victim) of the woman trapped in the Malibu when the car struck the two men and sent them flying 20 feet onto the shoulder. The officer sustained moderate injuries, and the family member sustained major injuries. Both were rushed to a hospital, the sergeant said.

Read the full story HERE.

 

NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, FIRE CHIEF Michael Gomes is going public about the sorry state of the city's seven firehouses.  They are literally falling apart from water leakes, crumbling walls, and piles of dead pigeons.  He tells the Standard-Times:

Gomes said he submitted a 15-year capital plan to the mayor's office in January 2011 to little effect. He said he now wanted to go to the public to win support for an initiative that would direct city funds to the Fire Department for infrastructure improvements.

"I've only been chief for 23 months and I've been asking nicely," he said. "My frustration continues to grow. "  Really what I'm looking for is a dialogue to start planning."

Like far too many politicians these days, the city is apparently governed by the principle of what the citizen cannot see, does not need to be maintained.  The article continues:

The city's 236-member Fire Department occupies seven fire stations, the newest of which was built in the 1950s. The average age of the buildings, beautiful red brick structures with elegant cosmetic details, is 101 years old, harkening back to a time when fire companies still used horses, said Fire Chief Michael Gomes. "At this point in time I am just trying to shed some light on the conditions my people live in," said Gomes, who is trying to build support in the city to construct new buildings, which he said would cost about $5 million each.

"From the outside they look like nice, quaint, turn-of-the century buildings," he said. The reality is, "They're nightmares. We need to start some long-term planning to build some new stations," he said.

He's starting to get some noises from the city council now, but the mayor is just mumbling something about "making improvements" to the century-old buildings.

Read the entire article in the Standard-Times HERE.

THE THREE PEOPLE ACCUSED OF DELIBERATELY blowing up their Indianapolis, Indiana, house last month were arraigned Monday and ordered to be held in jail without bond.  The arson/explosion caused the destruction of 35 homes in the neighborhood and killed two innocent people in the house next to theirs.  They have been charged with murder and numerous counts of felony arson.  The prosecuter has stated the he is considering going for the death penalty.

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  CBS News tells:

The explosion killed Shirley's next-door neighbors, John Dion Longworth, a 34-year-old electronics expert, and his 36-year-old wife, second-grade teacher Jennifer Longworth. Shirley and Mark Leonard told investigators they were at a southern Indiana casino at the time of the blast.

John Dion Longworth's aunt, Pam Mosser, said it is important for people to know how her family suffered while the suspects apparently gave no thought for their neighbor's lives.

"Dion and Jennifer died suffering and screaming. It is unbelievable to me that someone could be gambling and drinking while their house blows up and people are dying," Mosser told reporters after the hearing.

"I cannot forgive that," she said.

Shirley, 47, was facing mounting financial owes, including $63,000 in credit card debt and bankruptcy proceedings, court documents say. And a friend of Mark Leonard's told investigators that Leonard said he had lost about $10,000 at a casino some three weeks before the explosion. The home's original loan was for $116,000 and a second mortgage was taken out on the home for $65,000, the affidavit says.

For the earlier reports and further background on the case, review the Firegeezer reports HERE and HERE.

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