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FIRST PLACE: “Pants on Fire”

Many fires and accidents preceded the August 2007 demolition of the 40-story Deutsche Bank building. This article calls the subsequent fire, which killed two fire fighters, an avoidable disaster caused by the lack of regular inspections prior to the demolition.

The Village Voice
Written by: Wayne Barrett
Submitted by: Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York Local 854


SECOND PLACE: “From One Fire Fighter
to Another: A Gift of Life”

Fire fighter John Hall needed a kidney. His fellow fire fighter and best friend, Jim Sparks, gave him his “extra.” A year later, both are fully recovered.

Florida Times-Union
Written by: Jim Sparks
Submitted by: Jacksonville, FL Local 122

HONORABLE MENTION: “Fire Fighters’ Union Cites Hectic Year"

In Winnipeg, specially trained fire fighters respond to medical calls as primary-care paramedics. The number of these emergency calls grows by the year, leading to more conflict over the allocation of city resources.

Winnipeg Free Press
Written by: Gabrielle Giroday
Submitted by: Winnipeg, MB Local 867


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