A Georgia man ran into a burning building to rescue his beer
A Georgia man risked burning alive when he ran into a burning building to rescue a few cans of beer.
A lot of people have a vague awareness of the possessions they would rescue first in the case of a fire. Usually it's pets and people, followed by the most valuable things in their homes. A computer or a photo album might be high on a person's list. A few cans of Bud Light are not normally a high priority, but that's what one man risked his life to save this week in Georgia.
Six adults and two children were watching TV in Columbus, Ga., when the house started filling with smoke. The adults grabbed the children and ran to safety, when suddenly Walter Serpit, who walks with a cane, decided to run back into the burning building to rescue his beer.
"I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out," he said to ABC News. "I went back into the house like a dummy. The door shut on me because of this back draft. It was about to kill me."
Serpit actually managed to rescue a few cans of beer without getting burned. Nobody was injured, and firefighters arrived and were able to put out the blaze. A newly installed water heater is considered the likely cause of the blaze that engulfed the building. The Red Cross arrived shortly after the fire was out and said it was working to help the family get back on its feet after the fire.
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Do you remember how old you were the first time you cooked over an open fire?
Don’t laugh, but I first cooked over an open fire when I was 27 years old. I know, I know. A lot of kids cook hot dogs over an open flame, but I was never an outdoor person when I was young.
As you all know, I was born and raised in the city so these things were pretty foreign to me. But now I cook over an open flame whenever I get the chance.
So if you are like I once was and aren’t sure about campfire cooking, let me share with you how to go about it. There are multiple methods, and truthfully, it is probably some of the best food you’ll ever eat (at least in my opinion.)
Here is how you cook over an open fire:
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Past 50, and Still Running Into the Flames
There was a two-digit footnote to tragedy tucked behind the name of a fallen firefighter, Robert Beddia, who died Aug. 18 in the blaze at the Deutsche Bank skyscraper at ground zero. It was his age.
Firefighter Beddia was 53, the senior man at his SoHo firehouse and the senior firefighter at the seven-alarm fire that day. He was one of only 502 firefighters aged 50 or older on a force of more than 9,000 uniformed firefighters.
He was said to be in outstanding physical condition, and like every member of the force, he had to undergo an annual physical. The mazelike conditions at the building, and a broken standpipe that denied water to firefighters, are seen as the chief culprits in his death. The man who died with him, Joseph Graffagnino, was 33.
Still, the thought of a 53-year-old man hauling a fire hose up the stairs of a burning skyscraper surprised some members of his own department.
“I hear people talking on my job, ‘Why didn’t he retire and do something else?’ ” said Firefighter Daniel McCarthy, 54. “The majority are thinking they’re going to work 20 years and get out. That wasn’t the case when I came on. I understand why he was still working.”
Firefighter Beddia carried the tools every firefighter must. They included a thick bunker coat, a mask, an emergency rope-and-pulley system, a hose and, on his back, a Scott air pack — 75 pounds of gear, on a sunny August day, in a burning building.
The six-pound rope system was devised after a fatal fire in 2005.
“This thing has added quite a bit of weight to our pants and our shoulders,” said Firefighter John Hagemann, who will be 50 next year. “A lot of guys are having back problems. It’s very difficult to carry. Your coat doesn’t go over it properly. If you don’t stay in shape, you’re not going to be able to do the job.”
In a city where the faces staring from the windows of passing fire trucks mostly seem to belong to firefighters about half that age, Firefighter Beddia stood out, as do his peers, the senior rank-and-file members of the department.
They have served two decades or more and could retire any day, but choose not to. They watched as a group of firefighters and officers more than double their number put in their retirement papers the year after Sept. 11, 2001, and now, for many, they are alone among their peers in a given firehouse.
In a department of 9,090 uniformed firefighters, 502 of them, or 5.5 percent, are 50 or older, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office. This does not include supervisors, like chiefs and captains, who do not routinely carry gear into buildings. The 502 include 123 firefighters who are 50 and 9 firefighters in their 60s. Sixty-five firefighters are 53. The mandatory retirement age is 65. The average age of a firefighter is between 35 and 36.
Firefighters older than 50, the gatekeepers of a job steeped in tradition and reliant on on-the-job training, were a much more common sight six years ago. Twenty of them died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
But the department lost many more veterans to retirement in 2002. A firefighter’s pension is based on the last year of pay, and for those with 20 years under their belts and a large amount of overtime from working at ground zero, retirement, even if it seemed earlier than expected, was too good to pass up. A record 1,293 firefighters retired in 2002.
The annual physicals for firefighters include tests of vision, hearing and blood pressure, as well as tests under physical exertion, like climbing stairs, and blood tests. Blood pressure is checked before and after the climbing. Those who do not pass are reassigned to light duty or to an administrative job. The number of firefighters 50 and older on light duty was not available.
Several firefighters with 20 or more years of experience said that the number of men their age had never seemed smaller. They spoke of the new challenges since they were probies, or first-year firefighters, from generation gaps around the kitchen table to sore knees and weary backs.
“You can’t do the things you used to do when you turn 50,” said Firefighter Lawrence Naughton, 51, of Engine 219 in Brooklyn. “Most things you can do, but just not as long as the young kids. It takes me a little longer to go up the stairs. I pretty much just drive now.”
Firefighter Hagemann looks around the kitchen of his Brooklyn firehouse and sees old friends in the faces of the firefighters sitting around the table. Not because they themselves are old, but because he knew their fathers.
“I’m working with the sons of 11 firemen I worked with over the years,” Firefighter Hagemann said. The senior firefighter at Ladder 147 in Ditmas Park, he holds a position of authority and respect, but that can be a lonely place as well.
“I don’t have my pals that I can say, ‘Hey, you want to go out and have a beer?’ ” he said. He considered their sons. “These guys would be happy to have a beer with me. But it’s not the guys I came up with.
“I read a lot. I find the young people don’t read much,” Firefighter Hagemann said. “They’re deep into the really trivial pop culture, things that don’t matter to me at all. Like, Paris Hilton kind of stuff.”
Much about the job has changed on this group’s watch. Back when these firefighters started, in the 1980s, they wore much less gear. In 1994, a fire on Watts Street in SoHo that killed two firefighters and a captain speeded up the introduction of new “bunker gear,” designed to protect firefighters from burns.
Firefighter Hagemann was 36 at the time. “I quickly got used to that,” he said.
But the new harness and rope system, introduced after the deaths of two firefighters who fell from a burning apartment in the Bronx in 2005, was a different story.
Good Samaritan Saves Man From Burning Car In New Brighton
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) &ndash A Minnesota Air National Guardsman is being hailed as a hero for helping pull a man who was trapped out of a burning car just moments before it became fully engulfed in flames.
The Minnesota State Patrol said the incident happened at about 6:40 p.m. on I-35W and County Road D. A motorist, identified as Robert Renning, was heading southbound when he noticed a vehicle on fire nearby. He was able to get the driver, Michael Johannes&rsquo, attention and both vehicles pulled over.
“I could see the flames coming out from underneath the car on the way back,” Renning said.
By the time Renning waved him down, Johannes had smelled something odd.
Both Johannes and Renning pulled over.
But once on the shoulder the SUV automatically locked, trapping Johannes inside.
“I put it in park and that’s when I couldn’t get out,” Johannes said.
The SUV’s doors had automatically locked. Johannes could not open them.
“The flames were starting to kick out around the bottom a little bit. Starting to smoke. The interior of the car was completely filled in smoke. You couldn’t see who or what was inside,” Renning said.
The State Patrol said Renning immediately ran to the car and was able to get a car door open by bending it in half and shattering the glass.
Renning tried the car doors but they wouldn&rsquot open. Then he saw Johannes trying to kick out the passenger side window. Renning said he knew he had to do something.
The State Patrol said Renning immediately ran to the car and was able to get a car door open by bending it in half and shattering the glass.
“I grabbed the top of the door frame and pulled until the glass shattered,” Renning said.
He then pulled Johannes to safety.
“It had to have been adrenaline. I don’t know how I did it. I truly don&rsquot,” Renning said.
The charred frame of the car shows where Renning bent the frame with his bare hands.
Authorities said Renning was not hurt during the rescue. Johannes suffered minor smoke inhalation and a couple of minor cuts after being pulled through the shattered glass.
Renning says he is not a hero.
“I didn&rsquot do anything anyone else wouldn’t have done at the time. It was all timing,” he said.
But that&rsquos not the way the Johannes see it.
“I am eternally grateful for myself and my husband and my daughter that we can still be here as a family so thank you Bob,” Johannes&rsquo wife, Lisa, said.
Michael Johannes and Robert Renning have talked by phone and Johannes says he repeatedly thanked him.
Renning says that is all that he wants, but Johannes says he also plans to take him out for a beer.
The State Patrol will be nominating Renning for a Good Samaritan award.
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“He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half of a burning car to extricate a trapped person,” said State Trooper Zachary Hill, who responded to the scene. “I feel this man deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another from burning alive.”
Johannes had just purchased the 2006 Chevy Trailblazer the week before.
WCCO checked and that GM model had been the subject of two fire related calls.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: A Deadly Tinderbox
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As wildfires continue to rip through parts of the West, Oregon is experiencing catastrophic destruction.
From The New York Times, I’m Megan Twohey. This is “The Daily.”
Today: As wildfires continue to rip through parts of the West, Oregon is seeing unprecedented destruction. My colleague Jack Healy talks to those living in its path.
So Jack, tell us what’s been happening in Oregon.
Unrelenting fires continuing to rage throughout Oregon —
Well, a million acres of Oregon have burned in recent weeks —
— The flames comes that toxic smoke that’s blanketed the West Coast, smothering several major cities.
— as incredibly dry conditions, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, combined with a really historic and devastating windstorm to create some of the worst fire conditions that people here have seen in years, if not generations.
Nearly three dozen wildfires so widespread they can be seen from space.
There are 30 different fires burning.
In Oregon, officials are bracing for a mass fatality incident.
They have killed 10 people and displaced tens of thousands of people across the state, from just outside of Portland all the way down to southern Oregon.
This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history.
The damage is widespread, and the scale is just absolutely mind-boggling. So I flew into Portland last Thursday. And when I arrived, the plane touched down through a thick, impenetrable haze of smoke that has actually grounded a lot of flights and prevented travel in and out of the area pretty severely.
So right after touching down in Portland, as I drove into the fire zone through tiny little towns that were being evacuated and places that were smoldering, one of the things that I kept hearing from residents, whether it was people in Portland, or fire officials who were on the front lines of this, or people whose houses were being actively evacuated, was this: Everybody just kept saying, “The entire state is burning.” The scope of these fires is so widespread that it’s hard to conceive of what a million acres really looks like. I talked to one Red Cross volunteer who had been trying to put people up in hotels. And one of the challenges that they had been facing is that as hotel rooms fill up around the area where the fires are, they were trying to put people farther out in different towns. But the problem they were running into is that they were encountering refugees from other fires the farther out they put people. So it was like these disasters were sort of spreading and colliding as you went south from Portland, to Salem, to Eugene, to Medford.
So you’re hearing that the whole state is on fire, and now you have to cover it. Where are some of the places you go?
So I went to an evacuation site in Salem at the state fairgrounds. There were a lot of people sleeping in their cars and just parked in the parking lot waiting for some motel or some room that was close by that would take a pet or accommodate their family.
Two of the people I met were Carla Heath and Cindy Essman. They’re two sisters.
And for the past week or so, they have been sleeping in the front seats of their silver Buick Encore.
The seats go back. It’s comfortable. We’re actually sleeping, so —
It is, I know. You do what you have to do at this point.
You know? And that way, everybody can stay together.
They spent two nights in the parking lot of a shopping center.
Yeah, Bi-Mart shopping center in Stayton.
And they decamped to the Oregon State Fairgrounds just because smoke was getting so terrible that it was getting hard to breathe.
Just the smoke in Stayton is so bad?
Oh, you could cut it with a knife it’s so bad.
That’s why we’re here with three birds, two dogs.
Yeah. The birds were on the other side.
Their house survived, and they’ve been able, like some other residents, to kind of return and check on it and go back and forth as the fires have continued to kind of chew through the landscape.
It’s been interesting. Let’s just put it that —
They don’t want us to go back.
No, they don’t want us to go back now. It’s getting too — oh, the smoke is horrible there now.
But they’ve been really concerned about what they’re going to do long term and how long they’re going to be evacuated from their house.
Is your patience starting to wear thin? Or you seem like you’re in pretty good spirits about all this.
No! We’re keeping a good — we’re keeping a positive attitude about this.
Not at first, but we’re getting better. Now that we’re out out, I think things are looking up.
Well, ladies, thank you so much for your time.
Thank you. It was nice meeting you.
Really good to meet you. Take care.
So Jack, where do you go next after talking to those sisters?
So after I spend some time talking to other evacuees, I decided to head up closer to the burn zone. And as you drive up, the air just gets worse and worse, and the smoke gets thicker and thicker until it’s basically like the most noxious cloud you’ve ever been in. As I’m driving, I have the air conditioning blasting and trying to recirculate air through the cab of this white Toyota pickup truck that I have rented to get around. And I’m wearing an N95 mask inside the car in an attempt to keep as much of this fine particulate matter that just fills the air from entering my lungs.
And as you push further into the areas that have been burned, you start to see telltale signs of what the fire has wrought along the roadside. You see fields that look like Hawaiian black sand beaches because the fires have just scoured them the color of charcoal. You see areas that are totally unburnt, and then you turn a corner and there is what’s left of a house — just the cytoskeleton of twisted metal and a single chimney standing up like a, like a solitary soldier standing guard or something.
And things get worse and worse the farther east you go, where these little communities of retirees and recreational enthusiasts and summertime campers were just really devastated.
Hey. I’m a newspaper reporter covering the wildfires.
When I pulled into the tiny town of Gates —
Are you guys part of the crews of residents who are just trying to —
This is my friend, Sean. He’s just here for the cause.
I met a little cluster of neighbors who had decided to stick it out inside of the fire zone — inside of this part of the area that had been evacuated and cleared out — because they were determined to try to save their homes.
And if we didn’t come back in here, my house would be gone, because there’s fires going around that we put out.
Oh, so you actually came back in and —
I’ve been here since then. I haven’t left.
He’s been here the whole time.
No kidding? That’s amazing, Darren.
I just bought the house in November.
I’ve been trying to stay, but I got a wife calling me at home going, get out. And Darren’s staying.
They were taking a break from days of driving up and down the roads —
So you think it just jumped from house, to house, to house.
I mean, I was there with other people for 11 hours trying to put that town out.
— looking for a little spot fires or smoldering areas of the woods when I got there. And —
— having a beer. Looks like you’re taking a break from helping defend your —
Yeah, we just sent a truck down, and he’s filling up at the fire hydrant down —
They were actually cracking open a couple beers and waiting for another couple of neighbors to return to their houses with a refill of water supplies from one of the local fire departments.
Yeah. I should take you down to my house. I’m just three houses down. I told you, it’s right where the fire stopped.
They walked me around the back of their homes and showed me the hillsides right immediately behind their houses —
When I came back, this was on fire. If we didn’t come back, his house wouldn’t be here. My house —
— that had burned up and almost swallowed up their houses.
They’ve also armed themselves with shotguns and sidearms.
Are you guys carrying because you’re concerned about looters, or would you normally be carrying anyways, even if this wasn’t a fire situation with no —
I have — my underwear drawer is locked and loaded. It’s ready to go. Open carrying like this — I usually wouldn’t walk around like this.
But with everything going on, I absolutely would.
They say they are worried about looters and outsiders coming in to rob their places or exploit the evacuations to carry out looting.
The sheriffs are going through, and they’re tagging mailboxes with the caution tape. And that indicates, we’ve checked and no one’s here.
Ah. Which is like an invitation.
Which for looters means, oh, there’s no one there.
And is the looting a real thing that’s happening? Is that a real threat at this time?
To a certain extent, yeah. What has happened in some cases is that there have been some reports and arrests of looting. But what’s also happened, though, is that there have been a bunch of rumors and swarms of misinformation circulating on social media about some alleged organized effort by Antifa to set fires or carry out organized sprees of robberies in communities that have been evacuated. You know, kind of really fan the flames of a climate of fear right now, as people try to wait for some sort of semblance of order, or normalcy really, to be restored.
So it sounds like these guys feel like they’re caught between the danger of the fire itself and the potential fear of someone breaking into their homes. And they have decided that staying and protecting their homes is worth the risk of the fire.
I think that is the essential calculation for so many people.
It’s do you risk your house burning down, or do you risk just not knowing what’s happening at what’s probably your biggest economic asset and the source of so many years of work? Or do you leave and stay safe personally? People across the state are making that individual calculation for themselves.
It’s the apocalypse, man. The whole state’s burned down. I’ve never seen anything like it.
I’ve never seen anything like it.
So Jack, after you leave the town of Gates, where do you go next?
Well, I went to the Black Bear Lodge, a little motel in Salem where evacuees had been staying for the past week. And there I met Travis and Jane James.
Did you guys want to chat out here, or —
And they are from the tiny little communities of Detroit and Idanha. And Detroit suffered probably some of the worst devastation in the fires outside of Portland. About 70 percent of the businesses and homes in this little lakeside resort town were destroyed, including cafes, a motel, a little restaurant, the market, and even the city hall was destroyed.
The town was basically wiped off the map.
And what do you Travis and Jane tell you?
Well, Travis and Jane had a pretty harrowing story of escape.
So just take me back to Monday, I guess it was, when the wind started to really kick up. What had you guys been doing that day?
Because the lieutenant said, water, water. So we were watering the perimeter.
Some people from Detroit and Idanha were able to get out earlier. They left when evacuation was only a suggestion or a possibility.
Didn’t want to leave, because we just got the house.
That was my stupid mistake, thinking that I could save the house.
They had been hoping that they could stay and protect their house. But around 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, it was just getting to be way too dangerous.
It was gray. It was smoky. It was getting bad.
It was orange outside the day before from the smoke.
And we had limbs of trees —
— coming down on our house totally burnt.
Burnt limbs were raining onto their house, as well as burning pine cones and other pieces of ash, and all this other debris that was rising on the column of heat from this fire and just being thrown for miles.
When that happened, we got the code three: “Get out now.”
How did it arrive? Did your phones go off?
Yeah, it came on as an alert.
They finally got the alert.
And so had you guys already assembled like a —
— bag or anything like that?
We came out with a suitcase and two dogs.
They ran out of the house and started to drive down the mountain to try to get to safety. But what happened is, as they’re driving through these walls of fire, trees are falling around them. They’re exploding as they drive.
Yeah. We went around — a tree had fallen down on the highway. We went around it. And as soon as we went around it, the rocks slide hit us.
And their car smashes into a rock slide, and they get a flat tire —
And so, yeah, so what happens then? The tire blows?
— in the middle of a forest fire.
We couldn’t change the tire.
How do you take the tire off? You can’t.
They had no choice but to turn around and head back to Detroit, where they had just come from.
We had to put everything back, throw the dogs back in, and then ride on the rim another seven miles back to Detroit.
And the entire forest is basically exploding around them.
I mean, are you talking to each other during all this? What are you doing? Are you filming? Or just —
I was filming a little bit. I was screaming at him.
Yeah. What were you saying?
Why are you putting me through this?
So what do they do once they get back to Detroit, which is on fire?
Which is on fire. So Travis and Jane and about 70 other their refugees from this fire ended up taking shelter at a boat dock that was sort of a clearing, an area that was not immediately surrounded by trees. Then they were going to wait there until some National Guard helicopters could land and evacuate them by air.
They had to cut a tree because we were surrounded. We couldn’t get out. So they going to bring — what— had three helicopters hovering.
Yeah, they had Pave Hawks up from the —
— National Guard place right down here in Salem.
They’re on station for about four-and-a-half hours before they had to abort because of fuel.
Yeah. Because they couldn’t come because of the smoke.
So they were just kind of hovering?
Yeah, they couldn’t — the wind was blowing 65 miles an hour, so they couldn’t land.
They waited there for hours, but those helicopters could never come in because the winds were just too rough.
And what is happening with the fire during all of this?
I mean, the fire is just burning all around them basically. They’re getting covered in debris and ash. And as Jane said, we were surrounded. We couldn’t get out.
How many people would you say were there?
When we left, there was 40 vehicles and 78 people.
They just kept coming in from all over the place. Nobody could get out. They just kept coming in and coming in.
And so what do they do? What is the plan?
They were going to move us all down to the docks.
Yeah, they told us to grab —
— and surround the fire trucks around us — the water trucks — and put a big water barrier.
The plan was to essentially make a last stand against the fire. That’s what the fire department called it.
And so essentially the plan was the fire trucks were going to be your last wall of defense.
Which would try to create a sort of wall or barrier between them and the fire. And they would spray as much water between the people and the encroaching flames as possible and just try to hold out as long as they could. But ultimately, what happened is that —
Then they got an OK to leave. So we all lined up, followed the fire trucks out.
Someone with the Forest Service was able to find another way out of there, and they found an evacuation route. And they assembled a convoy of fire trucks, R.V.s, pickup trucks, and they headed out of there on a narrow, little road with smoke and flames roaring up on either side of it.
And there’s all this fire on the left-hand side.
Falling down. And we’re going —
We had got to stop a couple of times, so then they —
So the fire department could get out and remove —
They’re out there chainsawing —
— burning trees. They’re chainsawing them and pulling them out with their trucks so we could keep going. It happened two or three times.
And during that drive, they sort of crept along and tried to stay together as best they could, so that people would not get detoured into other fire zones. Because as they’re driving, there are skirting along the edge of another massive fire that is burning just to the north of the one that had just consumed their community.
It was just a last minute make-or-break thing. It was like, we got one shot to get out here. It’s on fire, but we’re going to go. So we went.
— the whole fire department. And I’m just gonna tell you — Idanha-Detroit Fire Department, they —
Oh my gosh, they are — they get so many kudos from us.
They had no heroes until that day.
Jane was still really distraught and really traumatized by this.
But I went into complete meltdown.
When we talked, it had been five days or so. And just thinking about that trip was still something that brought her to tears.
— worried that you were gonna die?
When you see death, it humbles you even more than you are. All I did the whole time was just cry.
I could not stop crying. He kept trying. I’m like, I — I can’t. It was just way too much.
And so what is their plan now? What will they do once the fires stop?
Well, their house survived.
Yeah, they sent — the lieutenant of Idanha-Detroit Fire Department, sent me a picture at of house.
Oh, OK. So there it is. That’s great.
I guess the fire burnt right up to our property line.
They were some of the lucky ones, and their plan is to go back. And I’ve actually been struck by how many people in these places that have burned down are planning to go back. And whether it’s just, return to a house that is now surrounded by a landscape of char, or whether it’s to go back and try to rebuild from nothing again.
People said that this had increased, in some ways, their commitment to these communities that are incredibly threatened and are going to be even more threatened and even more at peril as the effects of climate change grow more pronounced.
Yeah, Jack, my understanding is that these fires aren’t going anywhere. So how did these people square those realities, that the land they live on is under increased threat of destruction but that they also want to try to rebuild their lives there?
Are you guys going to go back? I mean go back and live there —
It’s beautiful up there. It’s God’s country up there. It’s — I could sit outside for hours just watching the wildlife.
We got chipmunks and squirrels.
We got three families of chipmunks. We got a koala bear squirrel. We got chucks.
I think for a lot of the people that I’ve talked to there is a certain amount of wishful thinking, hoping that this fire was just some sort of historically aberrant event — that the winds that ignited these firestorms won’t flare up again, that somehow things will get better. But at a certain point, I think others are starting to wonder whether they can just live with the increased risk of living in a fire zone.
Because if you look outside your window across the West, we sort of all are living in some kind of fire zone. Even if you live in San Francisco or L.A. or Seattle or Portland, you’re miles away from any place, any hillside that’s going to burn down and surround your family, you’re still socked in by smoke. And you’re still contending with incredibly dirty and, in some cases, dangerous air conditions.
And honestly, I’m one of them. I live in Colorado, and I live on the side of a hill in a pretty wildfire-prone part of Colorado. And I know that climate change is real, that the risks of these fires are getting worse as hotter temperatures dry out the brush and as weather patterns shift.
But I think that there is a certain love and commitment that people have to these communities in the mountains, in forests that they’re not willing to give up. Not to mention the fact that for so many people you’re locked into your home. A lot of people don’t have the ease of just pulling up stakes and leaving. It’s what so many of the people in Detroit or Idanha or Gates had invested their entire lives and savings, and a lifetime of work into. And to leave — even when the fire is banging down your door and climate change is screaming its presence — to leave is a really difficult thing.
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It’ll start getting cooler.
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I wish science agreed with you.
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On Monday, while meeting with leaders in California about the wildfires there, President Trump brushed off a question about climate change, suggesting instead that the state had failed to properly manage its forests.
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When you have years of leaves — dried leaves on the ground, it just sets it up. It’s really a fuel for a fire, so they have to do something about it.
Meanwhile, in a campaign speech, Joe Biden attacked Trump’s record on climate change, saying his inaction and denial had fed destruction in California and Oregon.
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If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze? If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater?
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Now that I have a clear understanding of what happened, I have to let you, the public, know what steps I am taking today to deal with our failures. Today is Chief Singletary’s last day.
Lovely Warren, the mayor of Rochester, New York, announced she was firing the city’s police chief two weeks before he was scheduled to voluntarily step down because of the department’s handling of the death of Daniel Prude.
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— we have a pervasive problem in the Rochester Police Department, one that views everything through the eyes of the badge and not the citizens we serve.
That’s it for “The Daily.” I’m Megan Twohey. Michael Barbaro will be back next week. See you tomorrow.
Already, several mountain communities had been destroyed by flames that roared though the surrounding forests. State officials received reports of dozens of missing people. And as some of the largest blazes neared Portland’s southern suburbs, the authorities warned residents thinking of staying behind in some communities that there would be no firefighters to protect them.
The lesson of this week is that the state must now prepare for more of the same, said Dr. Mote, the Oregon State climate scientist, who recalled that extreme warmth had also led to a record low snowpack in 2015.
“This situation of large fires, and that low snow year — these are both things that I and my colleagues who’ve studied climate change in Oregon for 20 years have been saying would happen eventually,” he said. “And now they’re happening.”
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I Survived. is a documentary television series produced by NHNZ that aired on Lifetime Movie Network.
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||68|
|Running time||60 minutes (including commercials)|
1 hour, 30 minutes (9/11 episode)
|Original network||The Biography Channel |
Lifetime Movie Network
|Original release||24 March 2008 ( 2008-03-24 ) –|
January 26, 2015 ( 2015-01-26 ) [ contradictory ]
The show allows survivors to explain – in their own words – how they overcame life-threatening circumstances without dramatic reenactments. Most episodes feature three separate stories involving kidnapping or getting stranded in a remote location however, some only feature two.
The official website states:
What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? In a stripped-down, simple-yet-cinematic interview style, I Survived. allows survivors to explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances – offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever. I Survived. is storytelling at its most dramatic, most basic and most honest. 
The series premiered on March 24, 2008 and aired its last episode on January 26, 2015. Its sister series "I Survived. Beyond and Back" (in which people share their near death experiences) debuted in 2011.
Are There Toxins In Wine?
Unfortunately, you’re not totally in the clear when it comes to your heart-healthy glass of red wine, either.
The labeling of wine is also regulated by the TTB—but not quite so many suspect ingredients sneak into your merlot or sauvignon blanc.
According to Naturopathic Nutritionist Frank Cooper, “Chemicals that are permitted by law for use in winemaking include pesticides, herbicides, equipment cleaning chemicals, and sulphite preservatives.”
These nasty chemicals can slip into your wine either during the growing of the grapes or in the production process.
Let’s just assume that any wine not labeled “organic” uses some kind of chemical pesticides and herbicides on their crops, since grapes are generally high-spray.
But the toxin that is most often added in the production process is a preservative called Sulphur Dioxide (Sulphites or Preservative #220). These preservatives are usually not found in vintage wines, because the wine is expected to taste different from year to year and traditional wine-making practices are still observed.
It’s the big label brands that often contain Sulphur Dioxide and/or other flavor enhancers and chemicals because they need to keep their product consistent.
Most people aren’t going to keep buying their favorite $8.00 bottle of wine if it doesn’t taste the same every time they pop a cork—or unscrew a top, or open the box. Plus, that cheap wine needs to stay “good” in a cupboard, on a shelf, in 70 degree weather.
Do you ever feel like cheap wine gives you a headache and a bad hangover, but good (expensive) wine does not? You might want to check for preservatives.
10 seconds of terror: Alaska man survives brown bear mauling
This May 18, 2021, photo, provided by Allen Minish shows lacerations on Minish's head as he recuperates at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, following a mauling by a brown bear. The bear charged Minish after a chance encounter in a wooded area near Gulkana, Alaska, and he estimated the encounter lasted less than 10 seconds. (Courtesy of Allen Minish via AP) Allen Minish/AP
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) &mdash Allen Minish was alone and surveying land for a real estate agent in a wooded, remote part of Alaska, putting some numbers into his GPS unit when he looked up and saw a large brown bear walking about 30 feet (9 meters) away.
&ldquoI saw him and he saw me at the same time, and it&rsquos scary,&rdquo Minish said by phone Wednesday from his hospital bed in Anchorage, a day after being mauled by the bear in a chance encounter.
The mauling left Minish with a crushed jaw, a puncture wound in his scalp so deep that the doctor said he could see bone, lacerations and many stitches after a 4½-hour surgery. He also is wearing a patch over his right eye and says the doctors are worried about it.
All that happened during an encounter he estimates lasted less than 10 seconds after Minish startled the bear Tuesday morning just off the Richardson Highway, near the small community of Gulkana, about 190 miles (306 kilometers) northeast of Anchorage.
The bear, which Minish said was larger than 300-pound (136-kilogram) black bears he has seen before, charged and closed the ground between them in a few seconds.
Minish tried to dodge behind small spruce trees. That didn&rsquot stop the bear. He went through them.
As the bear neared, Minish held up the pointed end of his surveying pole and pushed it toward the bear to keep it away from him.
The bear simply knocked it to the side and the force of the blow knocked Minish to the ground.
&ldquoAs he lunged up on top of me, I grabbed his lower jaw to pull him away,&rdquo he said, saying that&rsquos how he got a puncture wound in his hand. &ldquoBut he tossed me aside there, grabbed a quarter of my face.&rdquo
&ldquoHe took a small bite and then he took a second bite, and the second bite is the one that broke the bones &hellip and crushed my right cheek basically,&rdquo he said.
When the bear let go, Minish turned his face to the ground and put his hands over his head.
And then the bear just walked away.
He surmises the bear left because he no longer perceived Minish as a threat. The bear&rsquos exit &mdash Alaska State Troopers said later they did not locate the bear &mdash gave him time to assess damage.
&ldquoI realized I was in pretty bad shape because I had all this blood everywhere,&rdquo he said.
He called 911 on his cellphone. While he was talking to a dispatcher, he pulled off his surveyor&rsquos vest and his T-shirt and wrapped them around his head in an attempt to stop the bleeding.
Then he waited 59 minutes for help to arrive. He knows that's how long it took because he later checked his cellphone record for the length of the time he was told to stay on the line with the dispatcher until rescue arrived.
At one point, Minish managed to give the dispatcher his exact coordinates from his GPS unit, but even that was a struggle.
&ldquoIt took awhile to give them that because I had so much blood flowing into my eyes and on to the GPS, I kept having to wipe it all off,&rdquo he said.
He said one of the rescuers called him a hero after seeing how much blood was on the ground.
Rescuers tried to carry him through the woods to a road that parallels the nearby trans-Alaska pipeline to meet an ambulance. That didn&rsquot work, and he said they had to help walk him a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) through swamps, brush and trees. From there, he was taken to a nearby airport and flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage by a medical helicopter. He is listed in good condition.