Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Jonesboro Police and Fire Work to Save Jobs.

The city of Jonesboro is proposing a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to help save 67 public safety positions. According to the city of Jonesboro's web site if the tax is approved by the voters, the tax would take place Jan. 1st through December 31st 2014.

If the vote doesn't pass, it will cause the police department to lose 40 postions and the fire department will lose 27 positions.

If you are a Jonesboro resident, please VOTE YES to the 1/2 cent sales tax and encourage your neighbor and friends to do the same.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

UPDATE: West Memphis Funeral Arrangements Announced

WEST MEMPHIS, AR. Funeral arrangements have been announced for Sgt Paudert and Officer Evans.

Visitations for both Paudert and Evans will be at West Memphis Lehr Arena from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm Today and Funeral for Paudert will be at 10:00am on Monday and Evans will be at 2:00pm Monday both at the West Memphis Lehr Arena.

Pine Bluff Firefighter LODD

PINE BLUFF, AR. Lieutenant David Curlin who was critically injured on January 3rd, 2010 at a working commerical building fire has succumbed from his injuries at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

Lt. Curlin was a 14 year veteran of the Pine Bluff Fire Department. While working at the fire a second story wall collapsed pinning Curlin under a metal beam. firefighters used everything from extrication tools to shovels to work and free Curlin from the deberis. It was reported that Curlin and his crew were preparing to exit the structure when the collapse occured.

Funeral arragements will be posted as soon as it is announced.

We wish to extend our condolences to the family of Curling and to the members of the Pine Bluff Fire Department.

Lieutenant David Curlin

Saturday, May 22, 2010

UPDATE: Police Identifies West Memphis Police Shooters

WEST MEMPHIS, AR, Police have identified the two shooters who gunned down two West Memphis Police Officers SGT Brandon Paudert and Officer Bill Evans and wounding Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and Chief Deputy W.A. Wren.

Sheriff Busby is listed in Stable condition. Deputy Wren has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. Both are at The Med in Memphis.

The suspects Jerry Kane Jr. 45 and his 16 year old Son Joseph both of Vienna, Ohio were identified by family members.

Friday, May 21, 2010

West Memphis Police LODD

West Memphis, AR- Two West Memphis police officers paid the ultimate sacrafice on Thursday May 21, 2010. Sgt Brandon Paudert and Officer Bill Evans pulled over a white minivan on I-40 and were gunned down by two unidentified men. The men then sped off and a search began for the mini van. The two officers were airlifted to a local trauma center were they both passed away from their injuries.

90 minutes later Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and his Chief Deputy W.A. Wren spotted the vehicle at a local wal-mart parking lot and local law enforcement converged on the parking lot blocking all escape routes. The minivan sped up in an attempt to escape and a Arkansas Fish and Game officer rammed the van with his truck putting the van out of commission.
It is not clear as to who fire the first shots but both Sheriff Busby and Chief Deputy Wren were wounded in the shoot out. They were both taken to a local trauma center where they are currently being treated.

Both West Memphis officers come from a long line of law enforcement officers. Sgt Paudert is the son of West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert. Officer Evans is a third generation officer whose father and grand father were police officers. Evans also has a brother who is an officer with West Memphis Police.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released. As soon as it becomes available we will post it here and on our facebook page.

We extend our condolences to the families and the members of the WMPD. And hope for a speedy recovery for Sheriff Busby and Chief Deputy Wren.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Norman Eugene Eidson Jr. (1966-2010)

Lake City Fire Chief Norman Eugene Eidson Jr. passed away on April 29th from a heart attack at St. Bearnards Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Chief Eidson Jr. was a 20 year member of the Lake City Fire Dept. His last 9 years he served as Chief of the dept. He succeeded his father Chief Norman Eidson Sr.
Services were held at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro on May 2, 2010. Police, Fire and, EMS agencies from across the area along with the Jonesboro Fire Dept Honor Guard Pipes and Drums came to pay their final respects for the Chief.
Interment was at Pine Log Cemetery in Brookland.Chief Eidson Jr. received full honors.
North East Arkansas Emergency Services would like to extend its condolences to the Chief's family and to the members of the Lake City Fire Dept. May the Lord be with you during this difficult time.
Lake City P.D. and Craighead Co. Sheriff's

Medic One EMS
Valley View F.D.
Bono F.D.
Brookland F.D.
Philladelphia F.D.
Carraway F.D. Lake City F.D.
Jonesboro Engine 6

Jonesboro House Fire

On May 8th Jonesboro firefighters responded to a report of a house fire on West Nettleton Ave. in Station 2's first due area. Fire Crews made a good stop on the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Units on scene:
-Engine 2
-Engine 6
-Truck 2
-Rescue 1
-Battalion 2

Below are photos from the scene which were submitted by Erick Free of Jonesboro.

Truck 2
Engine 6

Engine 2, Battalion 2, Rescue 1
Truck 2
Engine 6