July 22, 2010
The mayor gave firefighter Jeffrey Novack the medal of valor Thursday, and for a brief moment all was good in the city. Baltimore's chief executive joked about Novack's boyish appearance, his being just 23 years old and all, and already a hero. It was a perfect stage: the opening ceremony of the Firehouse Expo, which attracts thousands of firefighters from all over the country to Baltimore to learn better training and safety. Participants gave Novack a standing ovation as the shy young man stood in front of colleagues from departments in New York, Boston, Chicago and beyond.
July 14, 2012
It's a sad day when the politicians turn their backs on the people who risk their lives each and every day for people ("Police union urges agency overhaul," July 11). Police officers and firefighters injured in the line of duty no longer get a cost-of-living raise of any kind until they are 55 years old, and even then it's a paltry 1 percent. While the politicians enhance their own pension packages and give themselves raises, the people who put their lives on the line each and every day are told to make do with what they have.
July 26, 2010
In reference to your article on firefighter behavior on July 23 ("Visiting firefighters warned about behaving themselves"), Id like to comment on Capt. Stephen G. Fugate, who does not seem to have a clue about the volunteer system in the state of Maryland. I for one have volunteered in Baltimore County for the past 30 years and have never heard a high ranking officer such as Captain Fugate degrade dedicated personnel who give their lives, time and commitment to their communities in and around the city that Captain Fugate works in. In regard to his attempt to blame volunteers for vandalism in a Baltimore hotel at last year's safety and training expo, I have seen many career personnel get out of hand on many occasions.
June 8, 2012
When are people going to learn that using Facebook and other social media is just another way to get yourself into trouble ("Bel Air firefighters suspended over postings on Facebook," June 6)? Anything you say can be held against you, even if your intentions were mistaken. I don't know why we are so surprised by the consequences of posting on social media when in example after example it seems to get people into trouble. I hope this does not make citizens lose faith in our wonderful fire company because they are still there for us and are still great.
November 3, 2011
All the politicians in this city get wonderful pensions, but the people who risk their lives and health to protect their fellow citizens get nothing. I have been retired from the Baltimore City Fire Department for 14 years. I have a medical disability pension because of being hurt on the job. Because of the condition of my knees, I have been unable to work a full-time job. In the 14 years I have been pensioned, my health insurance contribution has gone from $450 a year to $7,300 a year.
January 8, 2011
Baltimore City firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at a Northwest Baltimore church Saturday morning, fire officials said. Firefighters were called around 9 a.m. to 4014 West Belvedere Avenue where the one story brick Holy Tabernacle of God church was showing "heavy smoke and fire conditions," said Chief Kevin Cartwright, spokesman with the department. Houses in the area were evacuated due to heavy smoke conditions, according to an advisory from Baltimore Firefighters Union Local 734. The fire was placed under control around 10:30 a.m., Cartwright said.