Daily Incident Log - 6/21/2012

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06/21/2012 -


Bridge To Be Named After Asheville Firefighter Killed In Line Of Duty

A North Carolina firefigher who died in the line of duty last year will get a bridge named after him later this summer. Wednesday, the NC Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal announced the decision. The dedication is scheduled for August 15 at the Smoky Park Bridge in Asheville. The bridge will be renamed as a memorial to Capt. Jeff Bowen, an Asheville firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty in July 2011. The state Board of Transportation voted in April to name the bridge in honor of Bowen.



Officials promise investigation of Croatan fire

Federal officials will conduct a "thorough examination" of what propelled a prescribed burn to rage out of control, scorching more than 21,000 acres in the Croatan National Forest, a U.S. Forest Service official said Wednesday. "Fire is always an unpredictable situation," said Don Simon, public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service. "The fire started with an approved plan. We got a hot spot, and the next thing you know the fire pops up," he said. "Unburned fuel and wind conditions caused the fire to burn back across the line.


Mooresville: Good Samaritan dives into pond to rescue elderly woman trapped in car

A Mooresville man is being called a hero after pulling an elderly woman out of a car that had plunged down a steep hill and into a pond. The man who made the rescue talked about what he did, but asked if he could remain anonymous. Before the first firefighters arrived, the Good Samaritan dove into the pond to reach the elderly dr iver. By the time rescuers scurried down the hillside, the man, who does not want to be identified, went into the water to pull Jane McClung to safety.


Firefighters on standby as wildfires burn locally and around the country

(VIDEO) Goodman says the forest service could get as little as 16 hours notice, and there is a real possibility they may need to help out in Colorado, even as East Coast firefighters continue to battle the Croatan National Forest wildfire. "The resources on that end of the nation have not exceeded their capabilities," he said. "If this continues on another month, it's very likely we will be sending people there."



Frustrated firefighters speak out about Columbia Richland fire department losses

The Columbia Firefighters Association is concerned about the number of employees that have left Columbia Richland Fire Department in the last five years. Since 2007 more than 200 employees have left the department, which includes the more than 55 that left last year. Don Townley left Columbia Richland Fire Depa rtment and now commutes from his Lexington home to another department in Georgia.


Related: Firefighters Call for Better Pay  

Firefighters say neighbor armed with shovel pulls man out of burning Rock Hill house

Family members say a neighbor rushed to their Dad's rescue when he smashed out a window with a shovel and pulled him from their burning home. The incident was reported at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 600 block of Montgomery Road. Four people were inside the home when the fire broke out, according to the Rock Hill Fire Department. Three of them escaped out a rear window and ran across the street to the neighbor's house to ask them to call 911.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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