Channel 3: Marie Kondo Effect, Goodwill of Southern Nevada & The Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada

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KOLO8 News Now: Home Fire Drill Day, Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada

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KOLO8 News Now: Nevada Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada

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KRNV News 4: Nevada Firefighters Memorial finds new home on capital grounds in Carson City

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After a decades long push and the passage of Senate Bill 540, a new Firefighter’s Memorial will be built on the capital grounds in Carson City.

The Professional Firefighters of Nevada have been advocating to have a new memorial built after the old one in Mills Park was constantly vandalized and littered with trash.

The new location will have overnight security and more public traffic. It will be located right next to the Police Memorial aside the Legislative building.

The new memorial will have four black granite walls with the names of fallen Nevada fire fighters, and will have five life-sized statues of firefighters costing approximately $450,000. In order to fulfill the expenses, the Professional Firefighters are asking for public donations.

Officials have not decided what will be done with the old memorial, but believe it may be re-purposed.

The new memorial is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2019.

To donate, click here.

To view on the KRNV News 4 website, please click here.

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Nevada Appeal: Carson City Firefighters Memorial being moved to Capitol

After 25 years, the Carson City Firefighters Memorial is getting a face lift.

The memorial, now located in Mills Park, will be reconstructed and moved onto the Capitol Grounds to provide a nicer, more publicized space.

“This will be more visible, well protected and have a lot more visitors,” said Bryon Hunt, of the Professional Firefighters of Nevada. “It is a great place to honor those who gave their time and life to the fire service.”

The new memorial will feature five bronzed firefighter statues with a black granite background depicting all of the Nevada fallen firefighters.

“The old memorial was great, but this is better,” Hunt said. “It is more recognizable as a memorial and it will be representative of what we do.”

One advantage the new spot has is visibility to Nevada lawmakers.

“Though this isn’t about politics, it is a great reminder for those who are in charge of our health to see what we sacrifice for our community,” Hunt said. “It is about honoring the fallen, but it is good to remind those in law making positions to see what we are willing to do for our state and city.”

The old memorial will be decommissioned and disposed of with respect and dignity, Hunt said.

“Being such as great memorial, we want to make sure it is handled in a proper manner,” Hunt said.

For firefighters across the state, this new memorial means a lot to honor their fallen brothers and sisters, especially since they get to share it with their fellow firefighters.

“This means the world to us,” Hunt said. “The old memorial meant so much to us but the new one will be in a location that is more fitting to what we want to represent. Plus it puts us with our brothers and sisters in blue with the Law Enforcement Memorial in the same complex.”

In addition to the names of the fallen, the memorial will have a QR code that can be scanned by smartphones so the statue is interactive and visitors can scan to learn more about each name on the statue.

The PFFN organization has spent nearly a decade trying to relocate the memorial. It wasn’t until the bill passed this legislative session that it could become a reality.

However, residents shouldn’t expect to see the memorial any time soon. Hunt said they don’t anticipate it being up until at least halfway through 2019. Until then, residents can still visit the Mills Park memorial.

While the cost to build the Capitol Grounds memorial hasn’t been cemented, Hunt said it’s anticipated it will cost more than $100,000. For the PFFN, the difficult part of this project will now be finding enough donations to be able to see this through.

“We will have to knock on a lot of doors but that’s OK,” Hunt said. “The PFFN were able to donate a portion of the necessary funds, but that is only a portion so we will be asking for help.”

To help donate, visit PFFN.org for the link to the donation site or checks can be mailed to 9821 Cantebury Rose Lane, Las Vegas 89134.

To view on the Nevada Appeal website, please click here.

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FOX5 Vegas: Dry Christmas Trees Burn, Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada

Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada and Henderson Professional Fire Fighters Cory Whitlock and Dan Pentkowski discuss Christmas safety tips.

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KOLO 8 News Now: Nevada Fire Fighters Memorial, Bryon Hunt

Bryon Hunt, of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, discusses the Nevada Fire Fighters Memorial in Carson City, Nev.

 

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FOX5 Vegas: Thanksgiving Safety – Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada

Cory Whitlock, of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, shares cooking safety tips for Thanksgiving.

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Las Vegas Weekly: The Way Forward

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Cory Whitlock – Las Vegas Firefighter/Paramedic

“It’s really encouraging to see a community rise to the occasion, whether it be our professional firefighters, the first responders—AMR, Mediquest, community ambulance, security, Metro—even the public. Everyone rose to the occasion. You have to look at the silver lining a little bit. Bonding our communities together so that we can be more successful, more powerful, as one—that’s what this is all about.”

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CNN: ‘Gurneys just kept coming’

Ben Kole and his daughter Rachel, both EMTs, were at Sunday’s concert.

For Kole, 50, it was especially agonizing to have to tell those near death that he couldn’t do anything for them.
“You have to tell them, ‘I’m sorry. I have to help somebody else,'” he said. “You don’t want to give them false hope, and you want to give those that are serviceable a chance.”
He and his daughter, Rachel, an EMT who had been assigned to the concert, worked in tandem, triaging the injured. Kole estimates that between them they had to deliver that devastating news to a half dozen victims.
But they also were able to treat about 50 people, he said.
Rachel Kole is 20 and has been an EMT only since May. Amid all the agony, she also saw plenty of altruism.
One victim who’d been shot in the arm told her, “You can move on. There are other people who need you more.”
To view the full story on the CNN website, click here.
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