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FIRST PLACE: Hanging onto life: 75-plus emergency workers fight  
                         odds to save 5 teenagers

“The accident triggered the largest gorge rescue in county history, knitting some 75 emergency workers (mainly fire fighters). After 2 hours and 55 minutes of difficult and dangerous effort, they brought all five survivors safely from the gorge…Some have been around a long time. Yet, we’ve never seen a team effort like this… People were just going to get them out, period. It was amazing.”

The article is reconstructed from fire fighter’s recollections of a rescue operation to save five teenagers from the Sand Bank Gorge in Ithaca, New York. It features interviews of the fire fighters and paramedics who saved the teenagers, as well as gratitude for the rescue workers. The two-part article is gripping, comprehensive and keeps readers’ attention. It portrays the professional and dangerous work of fire fighters and emergency personnel in the best light.

The Ithaca Journal
Stories by: B. J. Phillips
Submitted by: Ithaca, NY Local 737

SECOND PLACE: Assembly OKs bill to help firefighters with cancer”

This compelling article discusses the life of a Nevada fire fighter who has put a name and face to Assembly Bill 451. The Bill clarifies an existing state law that certain cancers are occupational diseases for professional fire fighters.

But the 39-year-old fire fighter soon realizes that the bill won’t help him fight against an insurance company or the ultimate battle for his life. This article offers a glimpse into the lives of those who have become cancer victims while trying to do their jobs. It strongly appeals to the senses and brings out the battle of emotions with political realities.

Las Vegas Sun
Story by: Erin Neff, Ethan Miller and William Harnedy
Submitted by: North Las Vegas, NV Local 1607


“Fire fund focus of flap”
The Dispatch
Story by: Tory Brecht and Todd Mizener
Submitted by: Moline, IL Local 581

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