4:14pm–#Fairfield—Fairfield Police Dispatch received several 911 calls for a water rescue at Penfield Beach. They quickly dispatched the marine unit, fire department and dive team. Shortly after the call went out police dispatch reported that there was one person in distress and the father has him out of the water. Police continued to get conflicting reports on the number victims. It did turn out to be one boy who went under but was rescued by his father. Firefighters and EMTs checked the boy out and found him to be fine and did not need further medical attention. By 4:25pm the rescue was recalled. For that brief ten minutes a flurry of activity swirled emergency personnel to ensure everyone’s safety. Well done! UPDATE— We just contacted Sergeant Lussier of the Fairfield Police Department. She tells us that this occurred at the Penfield sandbar, a parent was with his other children when his three year old got swept off their feet (not known if it was a boy or girl), the child was recovered by a near by man on a kayak and the parent grabbed his other children. Witnesses tell us that the two rescuers were Eric Barthel of Windsor Locks and Bryan Cafferelli of Fairfield. Sergeant Lussier confirmed that all the emergency resources we listed were deployed but not needed; and that further medical on the child was not necessary. Bridgeport’s water rescue boat from the Vibes was also deployed but not needed.
Remembering the fallen heroes one year later when Lt. Steven Velasquez and Firefighter Michel Baik paid the ultimate sacrifice a year ago.
Personal editorial here:
We had the only cameras on scene and witnessed first hand things a camera cannot capture like the extreme heat conditions that existed without a fire. I had just come from an interview with Mayor Finch where he had opened cooling centers because the temperatures had reached over one hundred degrees. In the final reports the state conducted investigating this tragedy no where does it indicate high temperatures as a factor. I personally feel these reports unfairly place the blame on the firefighters. Watch the extreme conditions they faced in this video. We have all witnessed through our videos the heroic acts the Bridgeport Firefighters perform on a daily basis. I would be very comfortable in knowing my well being depended on the Bridgeport Firefighters. Regardless, we still lost two great men that day.
As you expect for DoingItLocal.com the extended story. Sadly for this one two Bridgeport Firefighters lost thier lives fighting a blaze on Elmwood Avenue today.
One firefighter was treated for heat disorder after battling this blaze at 251-257 Park Street. The house was foreclosed and abandoned. Less than an hour prior Bridgeport Firefighters and us were at another foreclosed abandoned home fire at 216-218 Brooks Street not even 1/4 mile away. Special thanks to Garth Trotto with this story.
Eastbound trains are delayed 45 minutes and westbound service is suspended as the heat takes its toll on Metro-North.
“There are numerous weather-related problems,” Spokesman Marjorie Anders said in a press release. “At least three trains have become ensnared in drooping overheard catenary wire due to this afternoon’s extraordinary heat.”
Temperatures were above 100 as it neared 5 p.m.
Around 4:30 p.m., the 3:27 p.m. train out of New Haven, due at Grand Central terminal at 5:15 p.m. became disabled west of the Stratford station due to damage to the pantograph, the mechanical arm on top of trains that draws power from the overhead wires. An empty train was being sent alongside the disabled one to transport those passengers.
The 1:34 p.m. out of Grand Central, due in New Haven at 3:18 p.m., became disabled between the Westport and Green’s Farms stations. The power was turned off to the overhead wires so the crew could climb up and isolate the disabled pantograph. While this was under way, there is no air conditioning on the train.
Three people complained of heat prostration and were being treated by medical personnel at Green’s Farms, where the trains was met by EMS, Anders said.
Numerous fire and EMS units were responding to the scene, ferrying water for passengers.
Anders said none of the medical conditions were serious.
The train was expected to move and arrive in New Haven around 90 minutes late.
The 12:07 p.m. train from Grand Central, due in New Haven at 1:52 p.m. became disabled between Stratford and Bridgeport also with a pantograph problem.
Several sections of track are out of service continually for construction work, including installation of new catenary wire. This reduces operating flexibility and contributes to the delays, Anders said.
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12:27am–Fairfield– Cleaning lady shows up to clean the office building at 69 Sherman Street to find the basement filled with water. Sounds like dentist Dr. Demartin will be a little down mouth tomorrow, Googlemaps says that is his office.
11:22pm–#Bridgeport–Fire department is on scene at 25 Durango Place for high carbon monoxide levels in the house. All residents were out of the house when they arrived. Firefighters received levels of 90ppm (parts per million) in the kitchen, 110 in the basement and 100 in the bedroom. There are no pilot lights out and the continue investigating with air packs on.
Is there a fire bug in Bridgeport’s East Side?
1:49am–Bridgeport-Fire fighters are on the scene of an abandoned factory at 89 Hastings Street. The receiving bay is showing heavy fire as well as the roof area. This site has had numerous fires in the past. Fire department has already requested an arson team to the scene. 2:05amUPDATE–Additional ladder truck called to the scene. 2:17amUPDATE–Fire department reports bulk of the fire knocked down, looking for additional extensions in the building. This is Bridgeport’s third suspicious fire on the east side in two days. Earlier Friday firefighters fought a blaze at a foreclosed abandoned home on Arctic Street and again at an abandoned home on Shelton Street. 2:47am UPDATE–Alarm of fire recalled at Hastings Street.
6:56pm–#Fairfield–EMTs on the way to Flip Side Burger 1125 Post Road for a man passed out.
1:48pm–#Bridgeport–Car strikes 28 year old man in wheelchair crossing the street at Main and Hillhouse Avenue. Victim is being stabilized by the fire department awaiting EMTs arrival. UPDATE– Happy to report the victim in the wheelchair is fine, EMTs treated him, he refused to go to the hospital said he would take himself. Hero EMTs rewired his wheelchair and got him on his way. Sounds as if he hit the car, minor damage to both. His age has now been updated to 46.
3:17pm– #vibes #dehydratedhippie — Another call for a dehydrated hippie, this time by the arches at the entrances. Please don’t forget to water your hippie! Third call in one hour. 4th at 3:55pm now.
Norwalk–Johnson arrested for exposing himself/masturbating in front of Norwalk DCF. Sometimes the headlines write themselves….Read more….
BRIDGEPORT — Police said a young man was pumping gas at Massey gas station on Hollister Avenue Thursday night when a man approached and shot him dead. Read more…..
Shortly after 9:30 Thursday night Fairfield Police discovered a number of cars with broken windows at the Dogwood Green Condos on Fairfield Woods Road, near Stratfield Road. An investigation lead to a foot pursuit and police chased the suspect for about a block, tackling and handcuffing him at the doorstep of the Mobil Gas Station at 1271 Stratfield Road. This area has been plagued with a number of car break ins in recent weeks. Police have just begun their investigation and do not know if the suspect is solely responsible. Residents town wide have been warned not to leave valuables in plain site, especially electronics and GPS devices.
Mayor Bill Finch and Police Chief Joseph Gaudett will discuss the City’s public safety initiatives, and kickoff of the return of “Take Back the Neighborhood” walks promoting community engagement, during a press conference
“Our ‘Take Back the Neighborhood’ walks have proven to be a successful approach to building better relationships between our residents and police officers,” said Mayor Finch. “It is but one way that the Bridgeport police department has made community engagement and involvement a priority in order to help reduce crime.”
The first of several “Take Back the Neighborhood” walks is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. in the Hollow neighborhood of the City. Participants should meet at the corner of Highland and Washington Avenues.
The grand opening of the Westport Shake Shack at 1849 Post Road East in Westport. The chain also have outlets in New York City, as well as restaurants in Washington, D.C., Miami, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.