Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lynn double shooting

Around 1 AM this morning Lynn PD received a 911 call for shots fired in the area of 66 Harwood St near Western Ave. On  arrival they located a victim at #66 with a gun shot wound to the back and a 2nd victim was located in # 79. Both victims were transported to the North Shore Medical center in Lynn for treament of their injuries.

Medford crash seriously injures 1 early AM on 12/31/2011

Shortly after 3 AM today -Troopers from the Medford Barracks and Medford fire officials responded to reports of an accident involving a Boston Globe delivery truck in Wellington Circle. The victim in the car had to be extricated then transported to the Mass General Hospital in Boston with serious injuries. As a result of the injuries; troopers from the CARS team responded to reconstruct the events of the scene. The roadway was blocked with assistance of Mass Dot officials for approximately 3 hours

Fitchburg 2nd alarm 12/30/2011

Around 6:30 this afternoon. Fitchburg Fire officials answered the call to duty once again for a reported fire at 617 Water St. The building is a 3 story mill type structure owned by Northlander Manufacturing. Upon arrival fire fighters encountered fire in the basement and extending to the upper floors with a smoke condition thru-out and ordered the 2nd alarm bringing surrounding towns in as mutual aid. Crews from Lunenburg, Townsend, and Leominster responded. It was also reported via scanner transmissions that hydrants were dead & long hose lays were also needed. The fire was knocked down and under control in roughly an hour.
 Members of Ladder 2 in the bucket

Member of Fitchburg Engine 3 at the controls
 Leominster Ladder 1 just packed up. Ready to go home

Busy night in Lawrence

The night began to get busy for Lawrence officers around 20:30 hours on the night of 12/30 as they responded to a reported home invasion on Howard Street in the Prospect Hill section of the city. On arrival they located a victim that had been assaulted with a rifle. EMS transported to area hospital where his condition is said to be non life threatening. As the perimeter was being established, Methuen & troopers scoured for 3 male suspects that took off on foot. As of this time it's not known if any arrests have been made in connection with this incident.

At 1:30 AM on 12/31/2011 a 911 call came in for a person shot on Jackson St. They located a victim with a wound to the neck and asked for the ambulance to step it up. It is not known what the condition  of the victim is or if any suspects were taken into custody. It was confirmed later in the day on 12/31/2011 that the victim who was visiting his family and not from the area passed away at the hospital due to his injuries.

Lets not forget the fire department. Shortly before 2 AM calls were being received for a report of a fire near 485 South Union St. Fire fighters arrived on the scene and ordered the 2nd alarm. I didn't hear to much on this as I was monitoring the shooting incident. I think it would be safe to assume there were no injuries & firefighters made a quick knock on the job.

Double shooting in Allston

Around 11 PM on 12/30/2011 Boston Police were summonsed to the area of 15 Chester Rd in the Allston section of the city on a report of a person shot. On arrival they located 2 victims both of which were transported to area hospitals in what was described as non life threatening injuries. No suspect has been taken into custody as of this time.

The Morning of Ice

During the morning of December 31, 2011 Mass State Police units responded to multiple calls for accidents as a result some were minor in nature and others have caused a significant impact.

One of the crashes was reported on Route 146 Northbound near the Masspike interchange in Worcester. When troopers arrived at the scene they found an overturned tractor trailer and as many as 7-10 cars involved and were multiple injuries being reported. As a result of the crash; the highway has been closed both directions as emergency responders head to & from the scene. Worcester fire departments car 4 was also reported to have spun out on the way to that accident scene.

Shortly thereafter a trooper reported that as many as 15 cars went off the road a few miles south of the Worcester incident. Multiple ramps have been closed until treated by MassDOT crews

Updates will follow as soon as I get them

Friday, December 30, 2011

Line of Duty Death Funeral 12/30/2011

On December 23, 2011 During the afternoon hours; Peabody Fire department officials got reports of a building fire at 5 Hancock Street. Crews responded and within minutes arrived on the scene and went to work. Of those companies that responded was Engine Co 5. Fire Fighter James Rice was on board that apparatus as it answered the call to duty.

During the battle to save the house; FF Rice became trapped when a collapse occurred within the structure. Members went in to recover their comrade & removed him from the building. EMS crews transported him to North Shore Medical Center where he passed away due to the extent of his injuries.

Another fine member of the firefighting community was laid to rest this afternoon after a spectacular funeral mass and procession through the streets of Peabody this afternoon. Thousands of fire fighters from across the country including Canada attended and members of the community gathered to mourn the loss

Peabody Square near Engine 5's house on Lowell Street
 Firefighters gathering near church
 Peabody Police Honor Guard
Procession to the church

 Boston Fire's Gaelic group
 Firefighter Rice's last ride:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Newton Robbery 12/26/2011

During the afternoon hours of Monday 12/26/11 around 3:25 Newton PD responded to reports that the gas station at that location was robbed by a knife weilding female described as white with blonde hair and 18-20 years old. She was believed to have fled in a Toyota Rav-4. It is unknown at this time if this robbery is connected to 2 others along the Route 9 corridor from Framingham-Boston that occurred yesterday. But local authorities are investigating every angle.
Updated: 12/27/11
Based on information relayed through teletype machine area departments were issued a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for the subject & vehicle. It was reported by Framingham PD a few hours after the Newton incident the subject was taken into custody without incident and was subsuquently charged with earlier robberies in Framingham & Wellesley. Nice work by all agencies involved! Update courtesy of (@firephoto161, @metrowestnotify, & @alertnewengland VIA the social media site twitter)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Worcester MA Merrifield St. Christmas Eve. 12/25/11

Edited info: (Courtesy of twitter handle @djmt99)
Shortly before 10:30 pm on 12/24/11 Worcester fire department officials were summoned to 19 Merrifield St. A 3 story woodframe structure seated halfway up a steep hill. When units arrived at the scene they were greeted with heavy fire conditions in the rear of this structure. Car 3 took command of the incident aided the companies to an aggressive interior attack and then things took a backwards turn. Thats when the 2nd alarm was sounded.

About 15-20 minutes into the incident the fire broke thru the roof of the fire building and within minutes after that a collapse occured in one sector of the building. The OIC immediately ordered everyone out of the structure due to rapidly deteriorating conditions and several ladder pipes were placed into operation.

After an agressive attack was fought from the outside & conditions improved the firefighters went back into the already dangerous building and chased pockets of fire that were still in the walls & ceiling areas for a good solid hour or better.

This fire posed a number of challenges: The location of this fire was in an area that made it a tough job. The steep hills and narrow streets in the neighborhood posed a number of safety hazards to both firefighters & civilians on the fireground. The below freezing temperatures didnt help as all the water was freezing up on the ground causing icing conditions. The DPW was called in with several sanders to ensure safety for the public & workers at the scene.

Below are a few pictures from the scene:
Chaos on Merrifield St:

 Member of Ladder 3 hard at work on the controls:

 Fire thru the roof:
 A little dark but This is the rear of the building from a block over when I first arrived at the scene
After the bulk of the fire was knocked down & clean-up operations well under way as I was walking around the scene I introduced myself to some of the Worcesters bravest and thanked them for another job well done.