Battle of the Badges: Raising money for mental health services for Fishers first responders

FISHERS — There has always been a rivalry between fire and police and in Fishers that runs strong. This weekend, that long-time rivalry will come to a head and the two departments will battle it out. “The rivalry stems from the fire guys really not doing anything and just kind of sitting around all day,”…

Father, son share a burning desire for volunteer firefighting

Volunteer firefighters are critical to the safety of residents in many small communities. That rings true in Coldwater and throughout Severn Township, where Andy Jones and his son, Mark Jones, have a combined 45 years of dedicated contributions through volunteer firefighting. The duo were recently recognized for 30 and 15 years of service, respectively. Andy, 54, started his firefighting…

Three Staten Island brothers graduate FDNY academy within months of one another

“It was a beautiful thing to see them supporting each other,” said their mother, Suzette Machuca. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When Daniel Machuca, 28, graduated from the FDNY academy in August, his two younger brothers, who graduated just months prior, didn’t hesitate to commemorate his accomplishment. Jason Machuca, 23, and Eric Machuca, 25, stationed at…

Firefighters to ride 1,000 miles for cancer charities

The son of one of the fundraisers inspired the challenge after surviving childhood cancer. A team of four current and ex-firefighters are gearing up to ride 1,000 miles to raise money for cancer charities. The nine-day challenge sees the group, known as The Four Amigos, cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats on Saturday. Peter…

Hundreds join Whitehall first responders for annual National Night Out

Hundreds of Whitehall residents gathered at John Bishop Park in Whitehall to interact with local first responders and enjoy free food and resources. People lined up to try and drop police into a dunking tank or handled SWAT equipment Tuesday evening as hundreds of Whitehall residents gathered at John Bishop Park in Whitehall for the annual National Night Out. National…

Boy battling cancer granted wish to be firefighter for a day

A Sacramento firefighter who helped make a sick boy’s wish of becoming a fire-eater come true on Wednesday said he knows first-hand what the Make-A-Wish experience can do for a child. Source: Boy battling cancer granted wish to be firefighter for a day

Make-A-Wish grants Hemet teen with cystic fibrosis a pool

Press-Enterprise Make-A-Wish grants Hemet teen with cystic fibrosis a pool Press-Enterprise 13-year-old Ryan Schwyzer of Hemet, who has cystic fibrosis tries on Hemet Fire Department fire gear and receives an above ground swimming pool through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Hemet Thursday, August 17, 2017. Source: Make-A-Wish grants Hemet teen with cystic fibrosis a pool

Firefighters plan fundraiser for cancer-stricken comrade

  Bryan Carper has been a familiar sight at fires in Scott Township. Paralyzed in an accident in his younger days, he could not actually fight the blazes. But he came in his wheelchair and did what he could to help to his fellow members of the volunteer fire department, passing out food and drinks…

Cancer patients get help with treatment thanks to fire company’s fundraiser 

The Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company launched a fundraising venture with the Virtua Foundation this week as a means of helping those in Gloucester County affected by cancer. The Franklinville company was prompted by several cancer-related tragedies over the last two years, to look for a means of helping people access treatment for cancer in Gloucester County. The…