October 19, 2021

New fire protocols aimed at thwarting cancer

February 24, 2020

When Homer Fire Chief Mahlon Irish Jr. first joined the Homer Fire Department in 1974, there were no protocols for cleaning gear after fires. Forty years later, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which his […]

Firefighters battle it out at FASNY games in Virgil

February 10, 2020

Despite the planning Corey Bett and other firefighters of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department do to prepare for the annual Fireman’s Association of the State of New York’s winter games, something always changes. “Everything goes out […]

Cortland firefighters rescue trapped dog

December 19, 2019

TULLY — Cortland firefighters rescued a dog Wednesday afternoon after it was trapped on the ice on Green Lake in Tully. City firefighters Dustin Contri and Derek Reynolds arrived around 12:40 p.m. to Tully Lake […]

Former Cortland assistant fire chief Paul Lang honored

November 29, 2019

Volunteer firefighters can fill so many roles in their careers: running into burning buildings; operating the equipment; providing medical help; directing traffic; leadership; support. After 80 years, 99-year-old Paul Lang is still filling some of […]

Cincy fire displaces 2

October 10, 2019

A couple was not injured, but left homeless Wednesday morning after a fire in their Cincinnatus home. Dorris Tracy, of 5076 Knickerbocker Road, was getting ready to help her husband, Norman J. Tracy, out of […]

‘It’s in the blood’

June 15, 2019

Growing up, Brandon Casterline would ride his bike a few blocks to the Cortland City Fire Department’s Franklin Street station. He’d hang out with the firefighters, talking to them and listening to the stories they […]

Firefighter for a day

May 18, 2019

Ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom: My heart raced as if it was ready to burst out of the two shirts and firefighter turnout gear I had on and land right in my hands. My hands tingled and […]

‘We had to do something’

January 14, 2019

The smell of pancakes, eggs and sausages wafted through the air as people bustled in and out of the Marathon Fire Department’s Morton Building on Sunday. It was the department’s monthly pancake breakfast but this […]

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