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Orange Fire Department Members Practice Ice Rescue Techniques

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Feb 202019
 

With several weeks of winter weather still ahead, members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department recently practiced rescuing people who fall through ice.

“Our town has many bodies of water, so we need to be ready to perform ice rescue,” said fire chief Vaughn Dumas. “We’ve used donations and funds raised to assure that our firefighters have the necessary equipment to get skaters or others out of the freezing water if the ice breaks.”

Following a classroom session, firefighters gathered at Wright’s Pond to practice, donning ice-rescue suits and deploying an ice sled and a pontoon boat. Firefighters helped each other put on the bright, yellow cold-water rescue suits and pulled themselves across the ice to a “victim.”

They used a flotation collar to pull the victim onto the sled or boat.

“The suits make you look like a yellow Michelin man, but they can keep a rescuer warm and dry so he or she can reach a victim,” said Lt. Dan Abrams, training coordinator. “It takes practice to use the suits properly. We also drill with our sled or our pontoon device to reach and remove a victim. Without training, the firefighter also could wind up in the water.”

Dumas, who often played the victim during the exercise, said people should call 9-1-1 if they see someone fall into the water.

“If there’s a rope, throw it to the person. Keep your eye on the victim and, if possible, keep talking to them, but don’t go out onto the ice,” he said. “You could wind up in the water too. Let us handle the rescue. That’s what we’re here for.”

Orange Volunteer Fire Association
625 Orange Center Road • P.O. Box 878
Orange, CT 06477
(203) 891-1052

 

Amity Native Sarah Foster Struck By Truck, Killed In New York City

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Feb 172019
 

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Amity native, Sarah Foster, 27, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Louis M. Klein Middle School in Westchester, was hit and killed by a home heating oil truck as she crossed the street near her home on Friday, Feb. 15 around 5:45 a.m. 

The New York Post reported Foster was pulling a small suitcase and trying to cross at the intersection of East 37th Street and Third Avenue when she was struck.

Published accounts reported that the truck was making a left turn onto East 37th Street at the same time Foster attempted to cross while wearing headphones and a hood, according to police sources and witnesses.

After she was struck, Foster fell to the ground and responding EMS pronounced her dead at the scene.

The driver, identified as Steven McDermott, 51, remained at the scene and was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, police said.

“Sarah was an extraordinarily warm, talented and dedicated young teacher,” school Superintendent Louis Wool said in a letter to the community. “During her time in Harrison, her contributions as a teacher, colleague, and coach were far-reaching. It will be Sarah’s enthusiasm and joy for learning and for life, evident in all that she did, that will remain with all of those she touched. We extend our deepest condolences to Sarah’s family.”

A former Woodbridge resident, Foster was popular in High School.

A former classmate shared this with Orange Live: “As a classmate, she was kind-hearted. Always willing to help anyone with anything. She was always smiling. A very intelligent and educated young lady. She was friends with everyone and everyone loved her.”

Accident Investigation Leads To DUI Arrest

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Feb 052019
 

Orange Police responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 600 block of Dogwood Road on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:43 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly observed Nina Steele, 34, of West Haven standing on the side of the road near the accident. According to the report, her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot.

She stated that she did not know what she hit in the road. (Officers discovered it was a mailbox). Officers administered standardized field sobriety tests. Subsequently, Steele was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to drive in a proper lane.

Steele posted a $50 cash bond and she was given a court date of Feb. 15.

Man Charged With Carrying A Firearm While Under The Influence

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Feb 052019
 

On Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8:15 p.m., Orange police were dispatched to Marsh Hill Road on a report of an erratic driver. 

The driver, later identified as John E. Kouremetis, 38, of Branford, then began to follow and throw beer bottles at another vehicle. 

Police stopped the car and, according to the report, Kouremetis was behind the wheel with a strong smell of alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle.  Officers administered Standardized Sobriety Field Tests, and also discovered a firearm and controlled substances within his vehicle.

Kouremetis was taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, illegal operation of a motor vehicle to harass/intimidate, carrying a firearm under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of a controlled substance and failure to drive in a proper lane.

Kouremetis posted a $500 bond and was given a court date of Feb. 19.

Orange Police: Man Arrested For Larceny

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Jan 092019
 

On Jan. 6, at 2:03 p.m. Orange police responded to the Target Store at 25 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint.

The investigation revealed that Christopher M. Carr, 26, of Milford had taken merchandise without paying for it. He was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Carr was released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 18.

Police Blotter: Man Flees From Police, Arrested and Charged

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Jan 092019
 

Orange police were called to the LL Bean Store, at 560 Boston Post Road, on a shoplifting complaint on Jan. 5 at 8:54 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Robert L. Banks, 48, of Bridgeport had allegedly stolen $1,016 in merchandise and left the store.

Officers took Banks into custody after a brief foot chase. Subsequently, he was charged with fourth-degree larceny, resisting arrest, and illegal possession of a shoplifting device.

 

According to the report, Banks posted a $1,000 surety bond and received a court date of Jan. 18.

Fog Advisory

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Jan 082019
 

A dense fog advisory is in effect from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Expect visibility of one-quarter of a mile or less at times.

Limited visibility will make travel very difficult tonight and into the early morning.

Drive with caution, do not use your high beams as they will only reflect on the fog.

If you are walking, wear reflective clothing if possible.

 

Jan 012019
 

Happy New Year to all of our faithful Orange Live readers.

Here’s wishing everyone peace, happiness and much less stress than what many of us have had in the past year or two.

Be kind to one another, and live each day as if it is your last.

 

Firefighters Respond to Rollover Accident On Christmas Eve

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Dec 242018
 

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Around 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Dogburn Road near the Woodbridge town line for a vehicle roll-over.

First responders found the car off the road on its side. All of the occupants had gotten out of the vehicle on their own.

The narrow road was closed during the cleanup.

Remember, Orange is lucky to have a dedicated volunteer fire department. Many of the members who responded were celebrating the holiday with family and/or friends when the tone came in. They left these gatherings and rushed off to help someone in a time of need. That’s what they do. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or how cold or hot it is. The men and women of the OVFD are always there for you.

Everyone have a safe and happy holiday. Don’t drink and drive. Take care!

 

 

Fire Department On Scene of Significant Fuel Spill

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Dec 222018
 

Last Saturday, the firefighters responded to a fuel spill at a local gas station during the Santa’s Helper event.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department is braving the cold to clean up a significant diesel fuel spill behind the Taco Bell on the Boston Post Road.

One vehicle reportedly was involved in a collision with something and leaked a lot of fuel sometime before 5:30 p.m.

The firefighters are no strangers to cleaning up this type of spill, but the Fire Chief also called for DEEP to respond in order to protect the environment.