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2 Shelby County volunteers honored for fire department work

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A community leader from north Shelby County and an Explorer with the Shelby County Fire Department were presented Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Volunteer Stars Award at a March 9 ceremony in Franklin, Tenn. They joined winners from the other 94 counties in Tennessee. Leah Sticklin has worked for more than 25 years with the Northaven […]

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Arlington approves Forrest Lake, gets fire station updates

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Arlington’s city board heard an update on fire station renovations, approved a planned development and conducted other business at the March 3 meeting. Fire station renovations Interior demolition at Fire Station 71 has been started, but wet weather has postponed some outside work. Fire chief David Franks said the project is still on schedule. The project […]

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Shelby Fire gets translation tool

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The Shelby County Fire Department has a new tool to overcome language barriers during emergencies. The department now has ELSA, a handsfree device for first responders. When a firefighter presses the button, the call connects through RTT Network Operating Center to a bilingual interpreter within seconds. Each year, emergency responders everywhere encounter more and more […]

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Shelby Fire officer honored for youth mentoring

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Brent Perkins, public information officer for the Shelby County Fire Department, has received the 2015 Jerome Turner Award for his contributions to the Memphis and Shelby County community by mentoring 25 young adults in the department’s Explorer program. Perkins was honored at the 100 Club Dinner on Jan. 26. The 100 Club of Memphis created […]

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Lakeland’s December report explains 2 serious home fires

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The Shelby County Fire Department has explained the origins of two recent Lakeland fires in the homes of elderly residents, and the department reported answering 53 medical calls and 14 fire calls in Lakeland during December. During the monthly report to the Lakeland city board on Jan. 8, deputy fire chief Dale Burress asked citizens […]

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Lakeland fire destroys 1 home, damages 2

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The day after Christmas was a frightening experience for a Lakeland couple, who watched their home and all its contents go up in flames. Reva and Don Brown were home when a fire broke out at their house at 9036 Breckenridge Cove, but they only suffered smoke inhalation. The Shelby County Fire Department sent multiple […]

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Man dies in Lakeland house fire

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A man died in a fire that destroyed a Lakeland home Monday morning. Multiple callers reported the fire around 10:30 a.m. Monday at 3242 Old Trail Cove, and the first engine responded by 10:35 a.m., according to Brent Perkins, the Shelby County Fire Department’s public information officer. Engines from three fire departments — Shelby County, Arlington […]

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Lakeland to request grant for flooded home

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A Lakeland couple whose home faces repeated flooding because it was built on land that is at least two feet too low got a glimmer of hope last week, thanks to the city board and a grant discussed at the Nov. 13 city board meeting. Randy and Kelli Higdon bought their dream house at 6743 […]

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Smooth Move

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Family and dog escape early morning blaze Oct. 17

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In a Friday morning fire in southeast Shelby County, three family members heard their fire alarm blaring and fled to safety without significant injury. On a second search of the home, firefighters rescued the family’s small dog from beneath a bed. The call came in just before 2:30 a.m., and multiple engine companies from Germantown, […]

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Syrupy goodness

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Thanks to our firefighters

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St. Ann Catholic School students lined up on Sept. 11 to thank the professionals at Bartlett Fire Station No. 1 for their service. The firefighters were given a journal book full of pictures and stories that the students made for them. They also received a fire truck full of candy and treats. The Journalism Club […]

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