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    During an appearance on "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Saturday morning, a number of leaders of American-based companies that are producing American-made products shared their wares just in time for Christmas shopping this year — and all of these products are noteworthy. And guess what? You may have just discovered the answer to the age-old holiday dilemma around this time of year, which goes something like this: "I have no idea what to buy for [Mom, Dad, my sister, my brother, my aunt, my best friend, my neighbor, my grandparents] for Christmas!" So help is here. And as a bonus, you'd be helping others as well.  Got Your Six Coffee, out of Springfield, Missouri, is dedicated to assisting our veterans and many others who put their lives on the line day in and day out to serve and protect their fellow Americans. (Got Your Six Coffee Co.) "Our mission," the company says, "is service to those who serve."  It also explains, "Through the sale of freshly roasted, award-winning gourmet coffee and amazing relationships with incredible companies, sponsors, and partners,...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House passed a $368.5 million public safety and police funding plan Thursday for fiscal year 2021-2022, increased from its $80 million plan proposed in May. One area that got more funding is school resource officers, who work either full-time or part-time in schools with the aim of ensuring students, teachers and staff’s safety. READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Two Stars With Motor City Ties Lighting Up Entertainment WorldThe sponsor of the spending plan bill, Republican Rep. Mike Mueller issued a statement Thursday citing the Oxford High School shooting as the reason for the increase to $50 million in funding. Four students were killed Tuesday and several others were wounded in the shooting at the school in Oxford Township. Lawmakers from both parties cited longtime underfunding of first responders, while Republicans cited a growing negative public opinion of law enforcement. “Those who protect us are not necessarily given the honor and respect they deserve,” Republican Rep. Bryan Posthumus said. “Our communities cannot thrive without the protection provided by law enforcement officers. Their steadfast commitment to the people of this...
              more   In a press conference Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is proposing raises and bonuses for law enforcement officers and first responders as part of his budget hopes ahead of the 2022 Florida legislative session. “Increasing salaries for state law enforcement by 20 and 25 percent respectively is going to make a real difference for those officers, it will make a real difference for the families, it will help retain a lot of the talented people we have as well as recruit new people,” DeSantis said. In 2021, DeSantis announced $1,000 bonuses for law enforcement officers, and DeSantis desires the same bonuses to be a part of budget talks for this upcoming year, as well. He is also asking for $73 million to raise the minimum entry salary for state level law enforcement positions. On Twitter, DeSantis added to his comments by saying Florida will continue to support its law enforcement community. “While other states defund their police, in Florida, we will always support our law enforcement,” DeSantis tweeted. While other states defund their police, in Florida, we...
    THORNWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of first responders paid tribute Monday to one of their own who died on Thanksgiving Day. A house fire killed 26-year-old Sean Patrick Carroll, a volunteer firefighter, in the Westchester hamlet of Thornwood. As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, Carroll was remembered for his big heart and generous spirit. READ MORE: Attorney General's Office Releases Another Round Of Transcripts In Andrew Cuomo InvestigationIt was a final solute to a selfless young man whose death deeply affected those paying tribute at Holy Rosary Church in Central Westchester. “Sean was just a loving, caring individual who put service above everything. He followed in his father’s footsteps, in his brother’s footsteps. It’s just a tragic loss,” said Rye Brook Police Chief Gregory Austin, who works with Carroll’s father. Richard Carroll is a cop in Rye Brook. He, along with sons Sean and Matt, volunteers at the Thornwood Fire Department. Members of that company led the response to a fire at the Carroll’s home on Thanksgiving morning. Sean, asleep in the basement, did not survive. It took a terrible toll...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Promoting Florida as “greener pastures” for law-enforcement officers, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday teased a plan for salary increases and bonuses as part of his upcoming budget proposal. DeSantis said the budget he will propose next week for the 2022 legislative session will include $73 million to increase pay for officers at the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Minimum pay for entry-level officers would increase by 20 percent, while salaries of veteran officers would go up 25 percent. READ MORE: Federal Judge Reconsidering Florida’s Request For Injunction Against Health Care Shots MandateThe proposal also will include a second round of $1,000 bonuses for first responders as a show of appreciation for work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters. “Last summer, we made clear we had their (law enforcement officers’) back. We wanted to make sure our communities were kept safe,” DeSantis said while flanked by officers and motorcycles inside the Florida Highway Patrol Troop D building in...
    A 14-year-old girl painted a mural spanning several walls in Marion, Illinois, that pays homage to Marines and first responders. The idea for the mural began earlier this year when Chief Tim Barnett of the Marion Fire Department approached attorney Ronald Osman and his son Blane about putting a design on a building across the road from the fire station, the Southern Illinoisan reports. He suggested a tribute to firefighters, especially those who lost their lives during the September 11 terrorist attacks, would be appropriate. Posted by WFCN News – Illinois on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Osman served as a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era and wanted to honor servicemembers he knew that gave their lives during the war. “I did not go to Vietnam, but I had a lot of friends (who) did and people that I served with did,” Osman told the Southern Illinoisian. “Two in particular, one that was killed in Vietnam and the other is still (missing in action) in Vietnam. They’re fine young men and they deserve to be remembered. ...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh’s first responders are now equipped with a drug used by hospitals to treat opioid use disorder and withdrawal. READ MORE: Black Friday Shoppers Return And They're Expected To Spend Records Amount Of MoneyAll Public Safety first responders are trained to give naloxone, or Narcan, to people who are overdosing. Buprenorphine is usually used in the hospital, but now EMS will be equipped with the drug. The program will let Advanced Life Support EMS units give buprenorphine to patients experiencing opioid withdrawal, something that happens often after Narcan is used, even if they don’t go to the hospital. Patients can then schedule a virtual follow-up to get a buprenorphine prescription and other resources. READ MORE: Four People Taken To The Hospital As A Result Of A House Fire In Stowe TownshipThe city is the third in the country to provide buprenorphine, the Mayor’s office said. “The opioid epidemic has deeply affected so many cities and communities. If tools like buprenorphine exist, we need to have them in our communities and with our emergency...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While many had Thanksgiving off to celebrate the day with family, there were plenty of people who had to work. So, it’s only appropriate we here at CBS2 give thanks to all those who spent the holiday on the clock. READ MORE: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Back Spectators In New York CityThe Lew family was gathered around the table sharing what they were thankful for. “Health, my family, being able to travel again,” Donna Lew told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. Lew was visiting New York from California for Thanksgiving and grateful K. Rico South American Steakhouse was open for their holiday meal. “I was saying thank you to all of them for being here tonight,” Lew said. Even though he spends most of the night away from family, it was important for owner Tommy Greco to be working, especially looking back on the pandemic. “Give thanks that were still here, we’re still in business, we got our staff back,” Greco said. Restaurant workers were among the many people who spent the holiday on the clock. There...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For first responders, there’s no such thing as taking a holiday. With that in mind, the Statler Hotel in Dallas joined Operation Forever Free, a DFW-based charity, to host a Thanksgiving meal for hundreds of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses and veterans. “t’s about showing them the appreciation they need and deserve for the things that they do on a day to day basis to help us have what we have,” said Chef Jason TIlmann of Refined Hospitality Concepts. Thanksgiving meal for DFW area first responders (CBS 11). Most of those first responders stopped by during their work day to share a meal with the family before heading back out on duty.
    A digital upgrade to the country's 911 system was slashed from President Joe Biden's Build Back Better reconciliation bill.  Axios reported Wednesday that a proposed $10 billion upgrade to the country's 6,000 call centers was stripped from the bill in order to bring the pricetag from the original $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion - a move meant to appease moderate Democratic senators.   The money was supposed to go toward allowing Americans to send pictures, texts and video content to 911 operators - and then for centers to seamlessly share that content with one another.  A $10 billion 911 upgrade that was originally found in the Build Back Better bill has been stripped out, with only $470 million left in the bill that passed the House last week Currently only about 3,000 out of 6,000 of the nation's 911 call centers can accept text messages Currently, about 3,000 911 call centers can receive text messages, Axios said.       The House version of the Build Back Better act, which passed Friday morning, now only has $470 million to go toward the modernization effort.  'To say...
    A SERIOUS car crash reportedly left multiple people injured in Rochester, New York, on Wednesday, as first responders rushed to the scene. The crash reportedly took place at the intersection of Lyell Avenue and Mount Read Boulevard shortly after 10am. 1A crash in Rochester, New York, reportedly left multiple people injured Officials have not reported any fatalities at the moment. Photos from the scene showed a heavy police presence as well as fire and medical officials. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. We pay for your stories!Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at exclusive@the-sun.com or call 212 416 4552. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
    Washington, D.C., first responders who will be working on the Thanksgiving holiday are welcomed at the 22nd annual "Thanksgiving on the Mayflower" event. Hilldrup Mayflower, a moving and storage company, donated the Mayflower truck, which will be parked in front of the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will serve gourmet food to them, according to a press release from the Four Seasons. “Our team couldn’t be more excited to prepare this meal for DC’s finest," said Executive Chef Oliver Beckert. "It’s a true privilege." SEE IT: TEXAS STUDENT HITS BLACK TEACHER IN CLASS AND MAKES RACIAL COMMENTS: 'THIS TEACHER IS ABOUT TO GET F***** UP!' A team of chefs will prepare some 500 meals for the first responders, including slow-roasted turkey , stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy, and cranberry relish, according to the statement. “Our Thanksgiving feast is one of my favorite events of the year," said Four Seasons Regional Vice President and General Manager Marc Bromley. "We work closely all year...
    With the dust still settling after a red SUV mowed down Christmas parade marchers in a Milwaukee suburb Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens – including children – law enforcement and witnesses at the scene are praising first responders’ handling of the chaos that unfolded. A police officer uses a flashlight while looking for evidence in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV sped through a barricade and slammed into a Christmas parade, injuring multiple people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) Brayden Kowalski, 19, one of the witnesses at the scene, described the first responders’ professionalism as "wonderful" in an interview with Fox News. "It was wonderful," Kowalski said when describing the first responders’ professionalism and swift actions.  He said it didn’t take long for first responders to arrive on scene and he recounted how paramedics and fire personnel worked their way up through the crowd, starting from where shots were first fired.  The aftermath of Sunday evening's chaotic incident.  (Angela O'Boyle) He noted that Waukesha, a "peaceful town" about an hour’s drive west...
    First responders worked together and acted fast to save the life of a woman found unconscious on the floor of a Madison home. Madison police, fire and volunteer ambulance crews responding to a report of an unconscious woman found the 62-year-old passed out on the first floor of her Prospect Street home just after 12:35 p.m. Friday, borough officials said. Madison Police Patrolman Matthew Mirabella, Madison Firefighters Brian Castano and Lt. Kyle Wickman, and MVAC members Jack Luts and Jim Wynn confirmed with the victim’s family that she had gone into cardiac arrest and quickly began performing CPR, authorities said. Crews then applied an automated external defibrillator as Atlantic Health paramedics arrived to assist with the lifesaving efforts. The woman soon started breathing on her own and was taken to Morristown Medical Center, where she is recovering, officials said. “I am very proud of all of our highly trained Madison first responders who worked together as a team to ultimately save this resident,” said Acting Chief of Police John R. Miscia. “A quick response and great teamwork made for a...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – First responders are honoring the life of Marc Olson with a memorial procession from Fort Collins to Fort Morgan. Olson died while flying a groundbreaking night mission over the Kruger Rock Fire in Estes Park on Nov. 16. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Former Clear Creek Middle School Teacher Arrested For Multiple Sex Offenses, Animal CrueltyOlson was described as a highly-decorated veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force with 32 years of service. During his 42 years of flight, Olson amassed more than 8,000 total flight hours with 1,000 hours of NVG flight, including in combat and civilian flight. (credit: CBS) The Colorado Local Assistance State Team helped organize a memorial procession for Olson on Monday. The community and local emergency agencies were invited to line the route to show his family support. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Customers?The procession began at 10 a.m. at the Larimer County Coroner’s Office located at 1600 Prospect Parkway in Fort Collins and concluded at Heer Funeral...
    City leaders are sharing just how many first responders remain unvaccinated in D.C. long after the mayor mandated they get the shot. Some 2,287 requests for vaccine exemptions have been submitted from the city’s health care workers, and they continue to come in, said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of DC Health. It’s a small amount of the population of which more than 70,700 have reported they are fully or partially vaccinated. However, roughly 10% of DC Fire and EMS workers are requesting exemption from vaccination. “I think it’s 251 firefighters who have asked for a religious exemption. It does not mean they get it. It’s important that we deliberate carefully because any denial we make, I assume, will get challenged and appealed. So we’re very deliberative in the way in which you go about reviewing those exemption requests,” City Administrator Kevin Donahue said, breaking down the exemption review process. All the letters, which the city refers to as a “notice of noncompliance,” have been sent out, Nesbitt said. The next steps will be a written reprimand, followed by suspension, then...
    A 13-year-old Seattle boy reportedly watched his father die due to a medical emergency as staffing shortages likely delayed first responders. The incident occurred on November 2, when a Seattle teen first dialed 911 to report his 45-year-old father was suffering from a medical emergency in their apartment, according to conservative talk show host Jason Rantz of KTTH in Seattle. The vaccine mandate in Seattle is leading to a shortage of first responders. And our new staffing crisis likely contributed to a mans death — in front of his 13-year-old son. Its a tragic story. I break it down on Tucker Carlson Tonight. Full story: https://t.co/8VuP9zd99X pic.twitter.com/h43WA9sCEL — Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) November 13, 2021 When an aid team of two firefighters arrived on the scene, they were unable to enter the building without police officers as the address was flagged unsafe for Seattle firefighters, according to KTTH. After receiving the 911 call, the dispatcher told firefighters twice the resident had a history of hostility towards first responders. However, the cautionary note applied to a previous tenant of...
    A chemist in D.C.’s crime lab has discovered a new synthetic opioid being used on the streets of the District. The lab immediately alerted first responders about the possibility the drug could be resistant to the lifesaving antidote Narcan. As part of her work testing used syringes to surveil the drug supply for new threats, chemist Alexandra Evans discovered the first known sample of Protonitazene in D.C. More D.C. News “It’s a synthetic opioid. As far as its use, we have only observed it in a syringe, so we know that it’s used intravenously,” she said. The opioid is not a new compound. Evans said it has appeared in some other cities across the country, but it’s the first time it’s appeared in the District’s drug supply. “Every few weeks, we’re seeing something that we haven’t seen before … you can definitely see that there’s consistent changes in the drug supply here in the District,” said supervisory chemist Morgan Levitas, of the Public Health Program run within D.C.’s Department of Forensic Sciences. Immediately after Evans’ finding, DFS alerted...
    Appalachian State’s uniform announcement video for the game against South Alabama was pure America. The Mountaineers will take the field against the Jaguars this Saturday, and the team’s uniform announcement video is all about how great the USA is as a country. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) It honored first responders, police and the military. Give it a watch below. It’ll put a smile on your face. “They wear their uniforms so we can wear ours.”#GoApp #BeatSouthAL #HeroesDay pic.twitter.com/6mmajD7wRw — App State Football (@AppState_FB) November 11, 2021 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again for everyone who needs to hear it more than once. There’s not a single sport in America that honors this country and is more proud of the USA than college football. It’s not even close. Not a single sport does a better job of honoring our beautiful and great country than college football. Here come the Black Knights‼️#GoArmy | #LastoftheHard pic.twitter.com/ETMGx9rsue — Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) September 11, 2021 On the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, damn near every...
    NATICK (CBS) – The heroes who jumped into action to save the life of a runner who collapsed during the Boston Marathon were honored Wednesday. Meghan Roth is an elite runner who says she remembers nothing about what happened. The 34-year-old collapsed at mile 8 in Natick. READ MORE: 'Kids Need To Find Connections,' Lynn History Teacher Eugene Schultz Gains TikTok Fame Sharing His PassionFirst responders, a doctor running the marathon and two spectators all jumped into action when they saw her collapse because of a heart attack. Boston Athletic Association President Tom Grilk read a thank you letter from Roth to the people who revived her. READ MORE: 'It's Been Crazy,' Turkey Shortages, Supply Chain Issues Impacting Thanksgiving Meals“You were there for me when I needed you the most. You revived me, you comforted me and with your heroic actions, you brought me back to life. You brought me back home to my biggest joy and love, my son Jackson.” The members of the Natick Fire Department who performed live saving measures to save...
    Hoping to continue curbing the spread of COVID-19, the Alameda County Department of Public Health has issued a new order requiring all first responders to be fully vaccinated against the virus by Dec. 21, or submit to weekly testing. The order, issued Tuesday, applies to all police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and anyone whose work requires them to enter “high-risk health care facilities” such as hospitals, nursing facilities, or those who are involved with both emergency and non-emergency medical transports in Alameda County. “Due to the nature of their professions, these workers are at high-risk for spreading COVID-19 to patients in their care, to older and medically vulnerable residents, and to staff at these health care settings,” the health department said in a written statement. Any workers not fully vaccinated by the deadline must continue to wear masks “while in the presence of patients or residents and must test for COVID-19 weekly,” the statement said. “COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness and death,” the county health department statement said. “While a...
    ELIZABETH, New Jersey (WABC) -- Brides Across America has partnered with Camille La Vie to provide free wedding gowns to military veterans and pandemic first responders ahead of Veterans Day.The nationwide Operation Wedding Gown initiative launched Wednesday at the Camille La Vie location at the Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth.Ten women were invited to Camile La Vie on Wednesday to shop for their dream dress -- including women in uniform and first responders.Britanny Weaver, a 28-year-old nurse, was among those who shopped for her fantasy."Wedding dresses are super expensive so this really helped -- knowing people appreciate what we do, it's nice," Weaver said.Those with Camile La Vie said it's the least they can do to thank the women for their service.Sierra Gibble is engaged to a member of the Air Force who just returned from Afghanistan."It's been a hard past couple of months with the deployment, so it feels very honoring, I'm very thankful," Gibble said."Whether it is for love of country or love at the altar, our frontlines deserve our very best," Brides Across America said in...
    Las Vegas fire officials have released 911 calls from the now-former Raiders star Henry Ruggs' deadly high-speed DUI crash, revealing confusion among witnesses who initially did not realize that there was a woman burning alive with her dog inside her SUV.  Ruggs, 22, on Wednesday was formally charged with felony DUI resulting in death, DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm and two reckless driving felony charges, along with a misdemeanor count of possessing a gun under the influence of alcohol.   Ruggs was not present during his arraignment. He was represented in court by his lawyers, who asked the judge to waive his appearance without offering an  explanation for his absence. Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld petitioned the court to deny the prosecutors' request seeking to obtain medical records of Ruggs' girlfriend, reported 8NewsNow.  Judge Suzan Baucum said that it was an unusual request and scheduled a hearing for December 8 to deliver her ruling on the matter.   Newly released 911 calls reveal that Las Vegas first responders initially misidentified the SUV of the victim in the Henry Ruggs crash (left)...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Get vaccinated or be tested: that's the latest mandate for first responders in Alameda County.They join neighboring counties like Santa Clara San Francisco and Contra Costa with similar mandates for employees.In the city of Fremont, the writing is literally on the wall. The banners on the street say COVID knows no age, race, color, or religion.Alameda County says getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus and they are doubling down on that notion with a new vaccine mandate for employees engaged in 9-1-1 ambulance transport, non-emergency medical transport and first responders (including law enforcement and fire)."Having people vaccinated when you're exposed to thousands of people, whether it be in our jail setting or out in the public, makes everyone safer," Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern said. "It makes first responders safer and the people that we come in contact safer if everyone is vaccinated."RELATED: Here's why CA may be on the verge of COVID-19 winter surgeFor the nearly 4,000 emergency personnel in the county like fire sheriff's and...
    WITHAMSVILLE, Ohio — A woman driving a Tesla died in fiery crash near Cincinnati after going off the side of the road and hitting a landscape boulder and two trees, according to authorities. Another driver who called 911 early Monday said he heard an explosion and then saw the fire quickly grow. He said he was unable to get near the burning car. Firefighters told WCPO-TV in Cincinnati that the Tesla’s battery technology complicated their efforts to put out the fire. “A standard car fire, typically, once we get the fire extinguished, it’s out, it’s done, we’re good to go,” said Capt. Mike Masterson of the Pierce Township Fire Department. “What we’re finding with this one is the batteries are shorting out on us, and they just keep generating heat and keep reigniting.” The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has investigated a series of fires in Tesla vehicles and earlier this year said the high-voltage lithium-ion batteries pose safety risks to first responders after crashes. Related Articles San Jose: Pedestrian dies from injuries in Oct. 30 car collision...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Every day Steven Stinchcomb goes to work as an emergency response technician, he knows he’s risking his life. On Crash Responder Safety Week, it’s time to increase awareness to lower the chances. Stinchcomb has been hit by a car four times in his career. But a moment two-and-a-half years ago stands out, as he laid on his back on I-695. READ MORE: 'You Can Still Have An Impact, No Matter The Circumstance': Inmates At Maryland Correctional Enterprises Prepare Turkeys For Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving Meal“I’m looking up at the sky and I see cars going around me on both sides,” he told WJZ while sitting in his response truck. “I’m like, ‘Man, I need to get up and get out of here before I get hit again.’ So I stood up and ran in front of my truck as fast as I could.” His scars have healed but the memories are fresh. “I had a pretty good cut on my hand from my pocket knife and I had some scraps and bruises from being dragged on my lower...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In an effort to protect first responders at accident scenes, Gov. Larry Hogan has declared Nov. 8 to 14 as Crash Responder Safety Week in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration, the Maryland Transportation Authority, the MDTA Police and the Motor Vehicle Administration jointly are reminding motorists to stay alert, move over and slow down when approaching first responders and traffic incidents. READ MORE: Baltimore Unveils Improvements To Areas Near Lake Montebello During Lake2Lake Play DayFirst responders and highway workers responded to more than 95,000 crashes on Maryland roads in 2020, in addition to thousands of other traffic incidents such as disabled vehicles and roadway hazards, according to the Highway Safety Office. SHA first responders assist a motorist or manage a traffic incident an average of every nine minutes, and their presence at crash scenes prevents 225 to 250 secondary incidents each year, according to an SHA statement. Since 2016, when SHA first responders were tending to traffic incidents, there were 68 accidents, including five this year. Nationally, 23 highway workers and one law...
    Police, firefighters and EMS crews were called to a fatal crash in Ocean County, authorities said. The crash occurred about 10:15 p.m. on Route 72 at Warren Grove Road in Barnegat Township, initial reports said.  It was not immediately clear whether a pedestrian had been struck or a motorist had been ejected from the vehicle, reports said.  The Ocean County Medical Examiner's Office had been notified. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Young children received the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday in Queens, including 9-year-old Desiree Mohammadi. You may remember the Long Island native emptied her piggy-bank to donate $52 for snacks for first responders back in May of 2020. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here She was joined by her parents, as well as Sandra Lindsay, the Long Island nurse who was the first American to receive a COVID vaccine. CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan will have more on this story on the News at 5 p.m.
    Firefighters, police and EMS crews were called to a serious head-on crash in Central Jersey. The crash was reported at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday near 326 Swimming River Road in Colts Neck, initial reports said. An unconfirmed report said that CPR was performed on one of the drivers and that he was revived and breathing.  CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    Roughly 2,300 New York City firefighters called in sick Monday as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) administration has placed thousands of workers on unpaid leave for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine. City workers, including first responders, had until Friday at 5:00 p.m. to provide proof of receiving at least one vaccination. Overall, the city has placed 9,000 workers on unpaid leave, while thousands more, 12,000, await to see if the city will grant their exemption request — something de Blasio warned will likely not happen. On Monday, about 2,300 New York City firefighters called out sick — a significant portion of the 11,000 uniformed workers the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) employs. While claiming to have love and respect for the first responders — the same first responders he has placed an coercive ultimatum on — de Blasio railed against the workers who called out. New York City mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa speaks to the media in front of an FDNY firehouse on November 01, 2021 in New York City. Sliwa, who is the founder of the public protection...
    Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) sounded the alarm on Monday’s deadline in New York City requiring city workers to have at least one dosage of a COVID-19 vaccine. The mandate will reportedly cause New York City to suffer from a shortage of firefighters and EMS workers. During Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Stefanik called the mandate “unconstitutional” and cautioned that forcing first responders out of their jobs “makes New York less safe.” “It’s not going to work,” Stefanik said of the mandate’s effect on the shortage of first responders. “New York has already faced a crime crisis this past year, and when we think about the front line workers, the first responders who put their lives and health on the line serving New Yorkers during the COVID pandemic, now to penalize them when we already have historic numbers of retirement — there was news about the number of fire departments that are not able to respond in the same timely fashion than they typically would be. Certain fire department companies are closing in New York City.” “The vaccine mandates...
    In what their deputy commissioner called a "very unusual" move, thousands of New York City firefighters took medical leave in the past week as the mayor's coronavirus vaccine mandate for first responders effectuates. Two thousand members of the New York City Fire Department went on leave as Mayor Bill de Blasio's policy went into effect Monday. That's about 18% of the force, as the department reportedly employs about 11,000 firefighters. "Irresponsible bogus sick leave by some of our members is creating a danger for New Yorkers and their fellow Firefighters," said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro in a statement Sunday. "They need to return to work or risk the consequences of their actions." FIRST RESPONDERS RESIGN ON SOCIAL MEDIA OVER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE MANDATE De Blasio announced the vaccination mandate on Oct. 21 for municipal workers, which includes first responders. There are no concerns over shortages of firefighters that would shut down firehouses, Nigro said. FDNY Deputy Commissioner Frank Dwyer called the firefighters' decision "very unusual," according to NBC News. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City will start enforcing its COVID vaccine mandate for municipal workers Monday. That means tens of thousands of employees will be placed on unpaid leave until they get their first shot. READ MORE: NYC Vaccine Mandate: Mayor Says 91% Of City Workers Have At Least 1 Shot, Pushback Heats Up From Those Still FightingThe overall vaccination rate for the city workforce is at 91%. Going down the list, the NYPD is at 84%, Department of Sanitation is at 82% and FDNY is at 80%. The latest numbers show 25% of firefighters remain unvaccinated, along with 13% of EMTs. The FDNY commissioner has said the department will continue to respond to all calls for help. The head of the Uniformed Firefighter Association held a press conference early Monday. The NYPD commissioner said gaps in his department will be filled with overtime and double shifts. “City workers should get vaccinated. It’s always something, you have to peel off the BandAid at some point. So might as well do it tomorrow,” said Chelsea resident Kumaran Vijayakumar. COVID...
    (CNN)With New York City's Covid-19 vaccine mandate in effect, some officials worry about what it could mean for first responders, groups of whom have strongly pushed back against the requirement. Members of the fire and police departments and other city workers had until Friday evening to show proof they have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine or be placed on unpaid leave. The same mandate has been in effect already for city health care and education workers.But in the days leading up to the deadline, both the fire and police departments scrambled in preparation for potential staff shortages, with one source telling CNN last week the Fire Department of New York was preparing for a 20% reduction in service starting Monday. It is a challenge familiar to other cities who have worked to enact vaccine mandates amid ongoing resistance from law enforcement officers and their unions. New York fire and police departments are scrambling to cover staff shortages when vaccine mandate takes effectVaccination rates for the FDNY and the departments of sanitation and corrections increased by 3%...
    Dear Amy: I am a retired fireman. I spent my career solving problems and not thinking about the underlying stress I was experiencing. I just did what needed to be done. I recently had a parent die (not unexpectedly), but then my best friend died as well. I am not afraid to say it has taken its toll on me. I’ve felt withdrawn and depressed — not to the point of self-harm at all, but I just feel down and grumpy, starting from the moment I open my eyes in the morning. I can’t find any enjoyment in anything I do and do not want to continue having it affect my family. I know they understand that I’m in a crappy mood — and the reasons for it — but it’s not fair to them. The bottom line is I want to enjoy life and laugh again, before I get too old to do it. – Really Sad Dear Sad: You deserve much credit for putting all of this together and for describing your symptoms, along with your stated goal...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Saturday stopped to take selfies with first responders and medical personnel who joined Group of 20 world leaders on stage following their traditional "family photo."This weekend's summit in Rome marks the first time the group has been able to meet in person since the start of Covid-19. Bringing the first responders and medical personnel on stage with the leaders was meant to honor their work and service throughout the pandemic.Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, center front, stands with the Italian medical team and world leaders as they gather for the official family photograph on day one of the G20 Summit at the convention center of La Nuvola, in Rome on Saturday, October 30, 2021.More than 4.9 million people across the globe have died from Covid-19, including more than 745,000 Americans. The Biden administration is pushing to get every American vaccinated. So far, just over 57% of the total US population is vaccinated. While in Rome, the leaders of the world's largest economies are expected to discuss the pandemic, global supply chain problems, a global minimum tax...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City officials are developing contingency plans to head off a shortage of first responders if the resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate continues. There are still thousands of firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others first responders who are resisting Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s orders to get the vaccine. The mayor, however, remains resolute — no shot, no job. But whether it affects public safety remains to be seen, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday. READ MORE: FDNY Unions Protest Vaccine Mandate For NYC Workers, First Responders: 'We Currently Have A Staffing Shortage As It Is'New York City will still have fire trucks and ambulances to respond to emergencies after the vaccine mandate goes into effect on Friday, just fewer of them. The FDNY is preparing contingency plans to operate 20 fewer fire companies, though there are usually two companies in each fire house, and 100 to 150 fewer ambulance tours per day if first responders remain adamant about not getting the COVID vaccine. “The department, Commissioner Nigro and his whole team, I think, are very able to put...
    SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – October 28 is National First Responders Day, and one local company is donating a big gift to honor them. “First Responders have been on the forefront of pandemic and it’s been very hard for them,” Sunrise PD Maj. Keven Sweat said. READ MORE: Feds File Cease And Desist To Stop Florida From Withholding School Funds Over Mask MandatesIt’s also been hard financially on local agencies. “So you know, the pandemic has hurt all industry as well as in the public sector. Our local governments have really been at risk, our taxpayers are hurting. Our residents are hurting our businesses are hurting,” Sunrise Mayor Michael Ryan said. But as things are slowly getting back to normal, there are more opportunities to reach out in the community, though it also comes with costs. “A lot of companies have had to take a step back for the donations to the early phases due to the pandemic, but this will definitely help out the situation,” Sweat explained. READ MORE: Race For New Mayor Of Hialeah Heats Up Before Municipal ElectionChetu a...
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Thursday was National First Responders Day to honor the men and women who put their lives at risk for others. This includes firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other frontline workers. First responders deal with trauma and stress every day — some are in recovery for substance abuse, healing together at a program in Chester County tailored for their special needs. READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Announces Plans To Step Up Safety Measures Around School Corridors As Gun Violence Rises In CityPutting their lives on the line to keep us safe, first responders are a brave bunch. “I’m a pretty tough cookie, I was a police officer for 20 years,” former police officer Claire Lang said. For Lang, a former cop in Chester County, being tough took a devastating toll, a she spiraled into substance abuse. She lost her job and then her heart. “Losing my kids has been the hardest thing that I’ve ever gone through and I’ve been through a lot,” Lang said. It’s estimated up to 30% of first responders suffer with post-traumatic...
    ACTON (CBS) — The Acton Fire Department and Police Department came to the rescue of a rabbit in need on Thursday. According to the fire department, a rabbit was stuck in a fence on Nagog Park Drive. First responders were able to remove the rabbit safely. An officer getting a rabbit out of a fence in Acton. (Photo Credit: Acton Fire Department) The rabbit was let back into the wild after it was untangled from the fence. An officer holding the rabbit before releasing it. (Photo Credit: Acton Fire Department) Great work by Acton’s first responders!
    FIRST responders risk their lives every day to make sure that people are safe. One day a year, we take the time to honor them for all they do and for the sacrifices they make. 2First responders risk their lives every day to keep everyone safe What is a first responder? A first responder is known as someone who is designated or trained to respond in the event of an emergency. They are typically the ones that are first on the scene and are known as the ones who risk their lives to save others. Those who are considered first responders include: Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) Paramedics Police Offices Firefighters 911 Dispatchers Lifeguards are also considered first responders because they are the first to help a drowning victim. When is National First Responder Day? Every year, National First Responder Day is celebrated on October 28. Most read in US NewsNUMBER ONE MEME ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ anti-Biden song shoots to number one spot beating AdeleBIZARRE POST Laundrie's ex posts...
    Police, firefighters and EMS crews were called on a report of a drowning in Ocean County, authorities said.  The discovery of a body in Barnegat Bay was reported at about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday near Anchor Drive and Barnegat Avenue in Seaside Park.  No other details were immediately available. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    New York City firefighters, cops and municipal workers marched Monday to protest vaccine mandates imposed by the city, with some protesters erupting into “Let’s go Brandon” and “F*ck de Blasio” chants. Democratic Mayor de Blasio announced Oct. 20 that all municipal workers are required to be vaccinated with at least one dose by Oct. 29, and would be eligible to receive a $500 bonus for receiving their first shot. However, what appeared to thousands of city workers, including firefighters, cops and first responders, marched throughout the city against de Blasio’s mandate, waving American flags and chanting “USA!” and “Hold the line!” (RELATED: New York City Mandates Vaccinations For 148,000 School Teachers, Staff) WATCH: “Let’s Go Brandon” Chant over a thousand municipal workers including FDNY, EMS, NYPD and SDNY #HappeningNow in Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/yxQhyXz4cJ — Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) October 25, 2021 “F**k DeBlasio” Chant over a thousand municipal workers including FDNY, EMS, NYPD and SDNY as they march through Brooklyn #HappeningNow pic.twitter.com/0Na4smNaRF — Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) October 25, 2021 “Today is the day in which we, the workers of this great city,...
    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) — A show of appreciation for local first responders. Eyewitness News was at the Swedeland Volunteer Fire Company in King of Prussia on Monday. The town’s business community is providing free meals this week to police, fire, and EMS personnel from Upper Merion Township. The free meals are a part of their First Responders Appreciation Week celebration.
    Police, firefighters and EMS crews were called on a report of a rollover with entrapment in Central Jersey. The crash was reported about 8:30 a.m. near the Walmart at 1126 Route 9 in Old Bridge, initial reports said.  It was not immediately clear if the crash resulted in injuries. Cheesequake Fire Department had been called to provide mutual aid, reports said. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
    First responders nationally are quitting their jobs over coronavirus vaccine mandates. About 1,900 state workers in Washington reportedly either resigned or were fired by Tuesday, according to the state's Office of Financial Management. That's about 3% of the state's workers. Another 1,900 were allowed to work in a less public role, and 2,900 workers' employment statuses are being determined, the Seattle Times reported. Across social media, first responders employed by the state are taking resignation announcements on their own terms, with some even going viral with the hashtag #StopTheMandate. INDIANA OFFICIALS RECRUIT UNVACCINATED CHICAGO POLICE "I was hired in January 2020," said one firefighter in a video that has garnered more than 227,000 "likes" on TikTok . "All I know as a career firefighter is this pandemic. I've cared for COVID patients, followed all the protocols and mandates, and to my knowledge, never once exposed anyone to this virus." @dylly_jams #stopthemandate #freedom #firstrespondersforfreedom #washingtonstate ♬ original sound - Dylly_Jams @cel_marie86 #stopthemandate #copsoftiktok #wsp #terminated #farewell ♬ original sound - user9871801850544 "Due to my personal choice to take the...
    He then mocked those who are against COVID-19 vaccines on the basis of personal choice. "'Freedom! 'I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID,'" Biden joked, and was met with applause, laughs, and cheers. "No, I mean, come on, freedom." He continued, "Number two, the second one is that the gross misinformation out there." “...should police officers, emergency responders be mandated to get vaccines and if not should they be, stay at hom… https://t.co/KF7ctZG2dI — The Daily Wire (@The Daily Wire) 1634869694.0 Anything else? Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) appeared on Fox News Friday morning, where she slammed the president for his remarks on police and first responders as well as for mocking the American public, much of which prides itself on freedom of choice. "My reaction is this is absolutely absurd and sadly it's very typical of Joe Biden and the Biden administration to attack Americans' everyday freedoms," she said. "First of all, they're turning their backs on law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives and their health...
    Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., slammed President Biden on Friday after remarks he made at the CNN Town Hall where he mocked those pushing back on vaccine mandates on the basis of freedom and said first responders should be fired if they do not comply.  BIDEN SAYS POLICE OFFICERS, FIRST RESPONDERS SHOULD BE FIRED FOR REFUSING JAB ELISE STEFANIK: My reaction is this is absolutely absurd and sadly it’s very typical of Joe Biden and the Biden administration to attack Americans' everyday freedoms. First of all, they’re turning their backs on law enforcement officers and first responders who put their lives and their health on the line every single day, particularly during the COVID pandemic… These mandates are unconstitutional and it’s an attack on our very freedoms in this country and to have the President of the United States mock freedom, frankly, that’s un-American. WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW Video This article was written by Fox News staff.