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Ebola: The Real Lesson

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Perversion of Courage: Tom Neathway’s Story

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British Paratrooper Gravely Injured In 2008, Tom Neathway was a sniper assigned to combat duty in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He was moving a sandbag, later determined to be booby trapped, when it detonated taking with it both of his legs and one arm. Neathway was in his mid-twenties at the time; he went on to […]

Fastball, Inside: WMATA, Babes.

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Ethics: What They’re Saying

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Virginia’s President Mike Mohler: I was on the Constitution and Bylaws committee and it was one of my proudest appointments. I worked with people like Frank Montenaro who set a great example for younger leaders. When it became obvious that I am not a rubber stamp for anyone I was removed from the committee. I […]

FDNY: Death as a Footnote

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Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas Lt. Ambelas, assigned to Ladder 119, was killed fighting  a high-rise fire in Williamsburg. His death barely makes the front page of the New York Times, effectively buried as a footnote. In the “New York/Region” section where you would surely expect greater notice it is the ninth story down under “More […]

Firefighters, Facebook and Life Online

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In January I wrote of dozens of New York firefighters and police officers caught up in a Manhattan district attorney (DA) investigation over obtaining fraudulent disability benefits, including from 9/11. Supposedly fully disabled public safety types were outed by their Facebook photos on jet skis, etc. [ http://www.turnoutblog.com/2014/01/07/911-drove-me-crazy/ ] The plot has thickened a bit as Facebook […]

IAFF Ethics: The Gold Letter

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Piercing the Veil of Ethical Secrecy Laurence Gold has been retained to assist in the review of the Schaitberger house purchase/conflict of interest. Mr. Gold: My name is Eric Lamar and I am a member in good standing of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO.  My membership number is 0293837.  I have been a […]

DCFD: Quander’s Squander

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  The Mills’ Death as Anti-Union Agitprop Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you have no doubt heard of the January 25th incident in Washington, DC, where an in-quarters truck company crew ignored multiple and repeated cries for help from the public after 77-year-old Cedric Mills collapsed right across from the fire station. At […]

When the Goose Flew the Coop

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  Where's "Roland"?  “Roland” commented on my recent post when I was banished from the IAFF Blog Roll apparently for wandering outside the acceptable "thought boundaries."  In amongst "Roland's" meandering and bizarre commentary was this: “I’ve seen the current leadership support you on issues (dear to your heart) that many of our less progressive members find controversial.” That […]

Leadership: Team Christie

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  What Would the "Boss" do? Most by now have heard of the "shit-storm" enveloping New Jersey's governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Here's a quick synopsis relevant to the topic at hand: Christie wants to present himself as the Republican "Everyman" beloved by Dems, too.  In his bid for re-election, endorsements from democrats would prove […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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EMT RJ-FL
Legacy of the Big Black Buck
Your post brought a smile of rememberence of the "blaxplotation" movies of ths 70's such as mandingo. The relations and myths are still evident today as you said (so i guess that events in ferguson aint much of a suprise)..but in the same breath i say the only way you change a perception is by…
2014-11-26 18:39:26
Eric Lamar
Safety: Hillsborough at 25
J- Thanks for writing. Eric
2014-11-25 22:09:46
Jim Malone
Safety: Hillsborough at 25
The tragic deaths of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough was the result of a criminally corrupt police force showing utter contempt for the Health and Safety of the citizens they are paid to protect. The establishment cover up post disaster has caused reverberations in British society for 25 years, the courage of the friends and family…
2014-11-25 20:50:42
Eric Lamar
Providence: A HoMo Horror
Bill, Thanks for writing and have a great thanksgiving. Eric
2014-11-24 14:45:39
Bill Hand
Providence: A HoMo Horror
As previously stated, there is almost always more to the story. Here in Houston our mayor who is female and openly gay is doing all she can to take away our FD benefits. I don't like her because of her agenda against firefighters. It has nothing to do with her gender or sexual preferences, but…
2014-11-23 20:51:22
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