Recall: What Happened in the Fire Service

Probes, pets and not so routines were among stories this past week.


Probes following line-of-duty deaths were in the news this week.

Phoenix was cited for violations and fined $95,000 in connection with the death of a firefighter.

Brad Harper, 23, died of traumatic injuries after becoming trapped between an ambulance and a fire engine.

Read about the incident.

Meanwhile, authorities in Alabama say a water shift is to blame for a crash that claimed the life of a volunteer firefighter, a decorated U.S. Army veteran.

Police said Oden Ridge volunteer firefighter and former Army Sgt. Jantzen Murrell Frazier, 28, was not speeding when the vehicle crashed.

The recipient of five Purple Hearts, the husband and father of four, was buried with military and firefighter honors.

Also this week, a JetBlue airbus isn’t blue at all.

The Airbus 320 is painted red and adorned with the FDNY patch on the tail. It was created in a partnership between JetBlue Airways and the FDNY Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for training and education of firefighters and residents of New York City. 

See the plane.

Pets also made the news.

A monument to fire dogs was unveiled in Washington, D.C.

Watch the ceremony.

And, crews in Watertown, N.Y. found it wasn’t their typical cat stuck in the tree.

Two captains combined efforts to rescue to lynx cub who escaped from a nearby zoo.

In Maryland, a fire investigator hit pay dirt while doing a follow-up.

He foiled a scrap metal theft