Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

The proposed expansion of the Engine 37 firehouse (above) in Chestnut Hill remains a burning topic in the local community as steps are being taken to allow the 123-year old station to remain functional yet historically accurate. Located at 101 West Highland Ave. in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” the Engine 37 firehouse is the […]

 

Mayfair: Fallen Heroes Run Gives a Deeper Look at the Lives of Police and Firefighters

Mayfair: Fallen Heroes Run Gives a Deeper Look at the Lives of Police and Firefighters

It becomes all too easy to see a police officer or a firefighter and only associate them with their job but in reality, they are much more than that. They have family members and loved ones and hobbies that they enjoy. For some, their jobs are costing them their lives because they have a passion to […]

 

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West have consistently been portrayed in the news as poverty and crime-ridden areas. But often overlooked are the leaders that work in the community. Whether new to the community or long-time presences, these people have worked tirelessly to make their neighborhood a better place to live. 1. A rookie to the squad, firefighter […]

 By Sean Carlin and Ali Watkins

City Hall: Hearing Called For 2012 Kensington Fire Tragedy

City Hall: Hearing Called For 2012 Kensington Fire Tragedy

Just months after fielding a heavy round of public criticism over the summer’s fatal building collapse on Market Street, the city’s Licenses and Inspections Department could see a new wave of controversy in the coming weeks as City Council begins examining last year’s fatal Kensington warehouse fire that took the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters. […]

 By Thomas E. Zamonski and Parissa M. Zecher

Germantown: Woman Jumped From Window to Save Her Life

Germantown: Woman Jumped From Window to Save Her Life

A woman in Germantown jumped from the third story of a burning home early Tuesday morning to save herself, Philadelphia Fire Department officials said. Executive Chief Richard Davis said firefighters from Engine 19, Ladder 8 reported to the fire at 5605 Baynton St. at 12:28 a.m. Tuesday. Davis said the firefighters were able to have […]

 By Ahlora Thomas-Lyons

Kensington: The Fire and The Aftermath

Kensington: The Fire and The Aftermath

Imagine waking up at 3 a.m. to sirens, bright lights and smoke-filled air. Your block is almost completely engulfed in flames. For the next two days the place that you call home would be bombarded with city officials, reporters and bystanders alike. This became reality for the residents of Jasper and Boston streets as a […]

 By Stephanie Klock

Al Dia: Fire Department Battalion Chief Motivates Latinos

Al Dia: Fire Department Battalion Chief Motivates Latinos

Battalion Chief Joaquin Colon is not the average employee at the Philadelphia Fire Department. But it’s not just because of his high rank. Colon is the only Latino in the city to ever receive the ranking of battalion chief. The 55-year-old Colon was promoted to the position on Dec. 16 after serving for 29 years […]