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Man Awarded for Quick Rescue Response to House Fire in the Washington Mountains

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A humble maintenance worker for the Washington State DoT is being honored for rescuing several people from an intense blaze.

The story comes from Blewett Pass on US 97 where Brandon Haight was checking conditions on a route he frequents for his work. Amid the snow and the failing light, he noticed a red glow coming from a residential area and black smoke swirling up among the pines.

Pulling over, he discovered a house had caught fire. Thinking quickly, Haight radioed the traffic management center, since there is typically no mobile phone service in that section of Blewett Pass.

With fire and rescue made aware of the emergency, Haight flew to the scene and began banging on the doors and windows of the home yelling “fire!”

All the residents had made their escape just minutes before the whole house was engulfed in flames and spread to a nearby RV, but Haight had warned the man inside it as well, and all those present cleared the area.

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Barton & Loguidice project for Watertown clinic wins gold award from engineering industry

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A behavioral health campus in Watertown, NY, owned and operated by Citizen Advocates and designed by Barton & Loguidice (B&L) into a safe haven for the delivery of lifesaving mental health and addiction treatment, has been selected as a Gold Award winning project by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY) in the 2024 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.

The 11,000 square-foot clinic, which officially opened on May 1, 2023, filled a critical need for immediate access to 24/7 mental health and addiction support in an underserved area of northern New York. The revitalization of the formerly vacant, blighted property not only connected with the public but also stands as an investment in the community’s well-being.

“This project serves as a testament to the power of transformation and community support, and we are grateful to have been a part of it,” said Barton & Loguidice’s Project Manager, Dean Mason, P.E.

“Citizen Advocates believes in breaking the mold when it comes to what a behavioral health clinic is expected to look like,” said James Button, President & CEO of Citizen Advocates. “We not only want our facilities to be warm, expansive, and state-of-the-art treatment centers, they must also include smart, forward-looking design features that prioritize environmentally sound and energy efficient practices. Our partnership with Barton & Loguidice has been key to making our vision a reality, and it’s no surprise they are being celebrated by their peers for the exceptional work that produced our Watertown clinic.”

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Jefferson County law enforcement awarded after near-deadly shooting

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A near-deadly welfare check.

“There should’ve been law enforcement officers,” Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Barnett said. “There wasn’t.”

On May 16, 2023, a Jefferson County Sheriff Deputy and New York State Trooper responded to a welfare check at 23378 County Route 59 in the Town of Brownville.

The suspect, later identified as 45-year-old Nathan Krump, pulled out a weapon and fired one round at the deputy, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

This led to hours of police response on Pillar Point.

“It takes a second, several seconds for your brain to actually figure out what is that? What’s that noise? And just as it was coming to light, like, holy crap, like those rounds,” Jefferson County Sheriff Detective Sergeant Paige Taylor explained.

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Watertown Fire Department awards 46 firefighters for lifesaving efforts

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WATERTOWN — Forty-six firefighters received awards for their lifesaving efforts in the community during a ceremony Wednesday at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station on South Massey Street.

The awards included EMS Citation Bar, which is given to someone who did an exceptional job on an EMS call; Lifesaving Bar, for when a firefighter directly saved someone’s life; CPR Save, for an incident in which CPR was given to a member of the community, and that person is now healthy; and Stork Pins for people who delivered children in the field, among other awards.

The firefighter awards used to be held annually, City Fire Chief Matthew R. Timerman said, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and staffing issues, the ceremony hasn’t taken place since 2018.

“Finally here we are tonight, here to celebrate all the hard work of the Watertown Fire Department crews,” he said. “They do a wonderful job.”

Normally, there would be around 20 to 25 firefighters recognized, but since it has been a few years since the ceremony has taken place, more firefighters are receiving awards.

“Firefighters really don’t like to be recognized,” Chief Timerman said. “Pretty much, to a person they’ll tell you ‘I’m just doing my job,’… On the other hand, no matter what your job is, if you do your job well, it’s good to recognize people for doing their job well.”

He went on to say that sometimes as a firefighter, it’s easy to get down on yourself, but ceremonies like this one remind them why they do what they do.

“We’ve saved a lot of lives, we’ve done some great things,” he said. “I don’t disagree that this is our job, this is what we’re hired to do, but it’s good to review all of the good things we’ve been able to accomplish … it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture sometimes, so this is a good way to remind everybody why we’re here.”

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