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FIRST PLACE: “Pension Funds”
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois President
Patrick Devaney denounces the Southern Illinoisian for its criticism of the public safety pension benefits program in Carbondale, Illinois. He presents a strong case in defense of the pension system and describes how efforts to seek a compromise were undermined by a misrepresentation of the facts.

The Southern Illinoisian
Written by: Patrick Devaney
Submitted by: Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois







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SECOND PLACE: “City on pace for record year of fires, damage”
A report on the sharp increase in fires in Winnipeg and the
economic impact on the city.

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

“Hero firefighter recovers
slowly from burns"
This story highlights the heroic efforts of Baltimore fire fighter and paramedic Jeff Novack, who responded to an apartment fire and rescued an 86-year-old woman from the burning building. Novack rushed back into the building after he heard screams from the third floor, but became trapped. To escape, he broke a window and fell three stories to a cement walkway. Novack was hospitalized for more than a month, including two weeks at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The three closest fire engine were on other calls or closed due to rolling firehouse closures.

The Baltimore Sun
Written by: Julie Scharper
Submitted by: Baltimore, MD Local 734

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