Daily Incident Log - 7/19/2012

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Retired Greensboro Firefighter Fights For Life

Larry "Butch" Cummings is a retired Greensboro firefighter, who was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer 2 years ago. "Sometimes, I feel a little frightened but i learn how to fight scared," said Larry "Butch" Cummings. After 30 years as a firefighter, Cummings is used to putting himself last. "We are so used to him running in and saving other lives and they are coming to rescue him," said Cynthia Cummings.



No entrapment but Traphill house total loss

The initial response to a house fire late Tuesday afternoon in Traphill had an even greater sense of urgency than normal when emergency personnel were told two people possibly were entrapped. Traphill firefighters were dispatched about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and were on scene about 30 minutes before it was confirmed that no one was in the two-story house on Traphill Road.


Greensboro: Prosecutors, Fire Investigator Still Emotional About Arson Deaths

It started as a Valentine's Day prank and ended with an apartment building burned to the ground. The flames spread quickly; four people were trapped inside an apartment. All four of them - Ryan Bek, Beth Harris and sisters, Rachel and Donna Llewellyn - died. It happened during the early hours on February 15th, 2002.


Pitt County fire displaces two people, kills two cats

A Pitt County mobile home fire on Wednesday displaced two people and killed two of their three cats, officials said. Eastern Pines Fire and Rescue received the call about 5:42 p.m. and responded to 5031 N.C. 43 South, near Wesley Lane, Lt. Leon Boyd said. Boyd said the man and woman were not in the home at the time of the fire. The man was working in a barn behind the h ome, and the woman was mowing grass in the front yard to the side of the home.


One killed in Harnett County fire

A house fire has left a person dead in Harnett County. It happened Wednesday at a home on South Ida Street in Coats. Firefighters found the victim dead inside the house. The cause remains under investigation.


Stewart Simmons Volunteer Firefighters commended for life-saving rescue

By all accounts, 60-year-old Don Terry should not be alive today. But he lives and breathes thanks in part to a skilled group of first responders whose extraordinary efforts in March offered him a glimpse at life after death. First responders from Stewart Simmons Volunteer Fire Department gathered Monday in Triplett to recognize three of their own: Fire Chief Doug Berry, Assistant Chief Mark Poteat and first responder Waydell Bicking



Columbia firefighters will soon be able to drive ambulances

It's been years in the making, but Columbia firefighters will soon be able to drive Richland County ambulances thanks to the collaborative efforts between fire services and county EMS. On July 24, Richland County EMS and the Columbia Fire Department will hold a press conference to announce training to allo w firefighters to drive ambulances when called upon.


Spartanburg: More Storms Forcast As Clean-Up Continues

A massive storm led to a dramatic rescue in Spartanburg. Spartanburg Public Safety officers say Latora Cross was driving down Briarwood Road with her family when a tree fell, trapping them inside their car. "The whole windshield pinned them in," a witness said. "I asked if they needed anything and they said just call 911." Firefighters say mirac ulously the toddler in the back seat did not have a scratch on him. And both parents were shaken up, but weren't severely hurt.


Conway area home destroyed by fire

A Conway area home was destroyed by fire and Horry County Fire Rescue investigators are searching for a cause, said Leslie Yancey, public information officer. Fire crews were called at 12:27 a.m. Thursday to a home in the 700 block of Kerl Road, which is located between U.S. 701 North and S.C. 410.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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