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Hennepin Avenue's SEVEN opens its heart and its doors to 2 injured firefighters


Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Minneapolis, MN (July 27, 2010) - A shout of "Mayday!" crackled over the scanner - a word every firefighter dreads.

A fiery burst blew out of the roof of the three-story home. Firefighter Jake LaFerriere hung on for life from a window before dropping several feet to a porch roof and the eventual safety of his Firehouse 11 comrades.

But he wasn't the only casualty at the scene that Sunday, July 3. Capt. Dennis Mack was also burned.

More than a month later, these two brave men are still recovering - and estimating when they will return to duty is uncertain.

Now it's time to say thank you to Jake and Dennis and help them and their families shoulder the consequences of that momentary burst of heat.

A fundraiser will be staged in downtown Minneapolis on Monday, Aug. 16 at SEVEN, just one of thousands of businesses and homes that Minneapolis firefighters stand ready to protect every hour of every day.

"This isn't much, compared to what these men have given, but this is our way to say thank you and also give their families some comfort, not only financially, but to let them know that Jake and Dennis are appreciated by everyone in this city," said SEVEN's David Koch. "We want to make sure these brave men from Firehouse 11 and their loved ones are not forgotten just because the headlines have faded away."

Jake LaFerriere has been with the department for nine years and is newly married. He remains hospitalized with third-degree burns on both hands. He cannot feed himself or change his own bandages. He will need skin graphs and is looking at recovery lasting up to a year.

Capt. Dennis Mack is a 19-year veteran. He and his wife have two children. Dennis suffered third-degree burns on both forearms. He's been home recovering since his release from the hospital.

"What happened to Captain Mack and Firefighter LaFerriere on this house call could've happened to any of us," said Firehouse 11 Capt. Tony Kuczek. "We work in a dangerous profession, and when something like this happens it reminds us how lucky the rest of us have been."

SEVEN's benefit at its SKYBAR and Ultralounge is open to the public and will run from 7 to 10 p.m. It will feature food and beverage stations with an interactive touch. The evenings highlight will be having firefighters Mack and LaFerriere on hand for the festivities. There also will be items available for a silent auction. A firefighter's boot will stand ready and hu .....
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STATE ON PACE FOR LOWEST TRAFFIC FATALITIES SINCE 1944

Wed, Jul 21st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports





ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the state is on pace to have the lowest number of traffic deaths since 1944, despite at least three weekend deaths that pushed the 2010 total ..... 
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SPEEDING DRIVERS ON THE RADAR FOR JULY ENFORCEMENT

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - To counter the trend of motorists increasing speeds during summer, Minnesota law enforcement agencies are stepping up speed patrols in July. The added speed enforcement is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), whi ..... 
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JUNE DWI ARRESTS: 125 BUSTED IN STATE'S 13 "DEADLIEST" COUNTIES FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - State Patrol Troopers, County Deputies and City Officers partnered to arrest 125 impaired drivers in June during enhanced DWI patrols in the state's 13 counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries, according to the Mi ..... 
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RED CROSS WRAPS UP DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 19, 2010] - Trained Red Cross damage assessment volunteers have completed their survey of damage caused to homes, mobile homes, and apartments in Minnesota due to the storms that hit the state on Thursday night, June 16. The fina ..... 
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AMERICAN RED CROSS OPENS SHELTERS FOR AREA STORM VICTIMS

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:15 AM] - The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, for any area residents who are without safe shelter due to the tornadoes and straight-line winds ..... 
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Red Cross Begins Feeding in Affected Communities

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, June 18, 2010, 12:00 AM] - The American Red Cross will soon begin feeding operations in the Ellendale community as well as in the Lincolnshire neighborhood of northwest Rochester. Our disaster assessment teams are also beginning to re ..... 
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AGENCIES KICKING OFF SUMMER WITH MOTORCYCLE ENFORCEMENT

Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL -As thousands of motorcycle riders hit the roads this summer, around 400 agencies across Minnesota will ramp up patrols on Saturday, June 19 for enhanced motorcycle enforcement to stop impaired and speeding riders. The Department of Public S ..... 
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Fire at the Fillmore Central High School investigation complete

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The investigation has been completed on the fire that occurred at the Fillmore Central High School in Harmony on May 19th.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's Office have concluded that the fire start ..... 
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