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DEKALB, Ill. -- A gunman, dressed all in black, stepped on stage in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday and opened fire on a geology class.A short time later, five students were dead and the gunman had killed himself on the lecture hall stage. Sixteen others were wounded, at least two of them critically.It was the fifth school shooting in a week in the U.S.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

At 8:45 p.m. on March 3, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Squad 322 and Tower 323 (in„Baltimore County,„Md.) were alerted for a crash with reported entrapment on the outer loop of Interstate 695 between„Reisterstown Road and Interstate 795 (Rescue Box 2-63).
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OMAHA, Neb. -- Rural health care shortages continue to be a serious problem across Nebraska. Daunting challenges confront Nebraskans seeking medical care and those who provide it.There is a strong dose of hope, however, emerging through the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Student Association for Rural Health (SARH). The program promotes interest in health careers in rural areas of Nebraska by hosting monthly seminars on rural health issues.
Communications & Dispatch

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- In a sweeping mea culpa, Bucks County officials announced Wednesday they had disciplined 11 dispatchers and four supervisors at the call center for botching a 911 call from a disabled Doylestown woman who died in a house fire Jan. 29.Ten dispatchers were available when Brenda Orr's call came in at 10:31 a.m., but the phone rang six times before an 11th dispatcher, who was already on an ambulance call, picked it up "out of frustration" and put it on hold, said Emergency Communications Coordinator Brent Wiggins.
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ST. LOUIS -- Federal court jurors awarded $17,500 on Wednesday to a fire captain arrested by a Hazelwood police officer in a dispute over where a firetruck was parked during a 2003 car crash rescue.Juror Betsy Vennemann said after the verdict, "We wanted to make a statement that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

MIAMI -- An SUV slammed into a Miami fire-rescue truck that was taking a patient to Jackson Memorial Hospital early Thursday morning.The accident occurred just after midnight at Flagler Street and Northwest 12th Avenue in Miami.Miami fire-rescue Engine 24 was transporting a female patient to Jackson Memorial Hospital. As the ambulance traveled north on Northwest 12th Avenue, lights and sirens on, it collided with a Jeep Liberty that was traveling west on Flagler Street. The impact sent the Jeep sliding on its side along the sidewalk.
Communications & Dispatch

PHILADELPHIA -- Brenda Orr of Doylestown, Pa., was trapped in a burning bed, immobilized by multiple sclerosis, when she dialed 911 on Jan. 29.Twenty-eight seconds passed before a Bucks County dispatcher answered Orr's call.Then he put her on hold.It took 26 more seconds for a second dispatcher to pick up."911. The bed is on fire," Orr, 53, yelled into her phone.By then a minute had elapsed since Orr had first dialed. A half-minute later, she spoke her final words before the phone went dead.
Industry News

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- At first, Milwaukee Fire Lt. William Echevarria didn't believe his partner, Jason Oberg, when the firefighter/paramedic pointed to a woman he thought was being robbed.Then both saw her bloodied face."He says, 'Oh, wow, he's beating her up!' " Echevarria said. "He's pulling her hair and purse."Within moments, the two would foil the robbery, rescue the victim, capture the suspect -- and earn the praise of Milwaukee Battalion 1 Fire Chief Steven Gleisner.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

PHILADELPHIA -- Responding to widespread criticism of slow response times by city ambulances, Mayor Nutter acted yesterday to shore up the city's emergency medical services.With a quick infusion of money for overtime and hiring, Nutter announced that the Fire Department put two new ambulances into round-the-clock service yesterday morning, and will add more units over the next 12 days.
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BANGOR, Maine -- A Winterport man was killed and a Bucksport firefighter seriously injured late Monday in what officers called a "horrific" accident on the Bucksport-Verona Island Bridge.Lance Sanborn, 28, of Verona Island, a full-time firefighter and paramedic with the Bucksport Fire Department and a reserve officer with the Police Department, was headed across the bridge at about 11:30 p.m. Monday when the accident occurred.