Thursday, March 7, 2013
Nine Shelby Township firefighters climbed more than 1,000 steps at Detroit's Renaissance Center March 3 to raise awareness and funding for the American Lung Association.
They weren't responding to a fire but they were saving lives: Shelby Township's firefighters joined hundreds at Detroit's Renaissance Center on Sunday for the Fight for Air Climb Firefighter Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association. Sweating and wearing 70 pounds of gear, nine Local 1338 Shelby Township firefighters climbed more than 1,000 steps of Michigan's tallest building, and with an overall team score (time) of 36:57.51, they finished first in Class I for the second year in a row. "They make us really proud," said Fire Chief James Swinkowski. "The team works really hard and given the amount of people doing that physically challenging climb, it's a big accomplishment to win." Finishing just one minute over the…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
"All too often in our careers we face sad situations," says firefighter who helped save Shelby Township resident Marilynn Niemiec in December 2012. Not this time.
The last thing Marilyn Niemiec remembers from the morning of Dec. 14 is the pool. But, luckily, the Shelby Township woman has a crew of new, lifelong friends — all firefighters and paramedics from the Rochester Fire Department — to help fill in the rest of the details of the day. Niemiec, 76, was swimming at the Older Persons' Commission in Rochester when her heart stopped beating. She was in cardiac arrest: her blood pressure dropped; she stopped breathing. The OPC staff started CPR and called 911 for help. The Fire Department responded to the call at 7:45 a.m. and immediately began a series of life-saving events. "We shocked our patient eight times and on the eighth time, we were successful," said Fire Chief John Cieslik. "Within 24 …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Utica welcomes 3 new members of the Utica Fire Department.
The Utica Fire Department just got a little bigger Tuesday with the hire of three new firefighters. During a ceremony at the City Hall, Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan swore in firefighters James Brown, 28, Mike Chmielewsi, 33, and Bryn Wisniewski, 22. Welcome aboard!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Shelby Township Firefighters shopped with Macomb County Children Thursday at Meijer and helped them cross off their Christmas shopping list.
Shelby Township firefighters turn personal shoppers Thursday to help children of underprivileged families do their Christmas shopping at Meijer. During the annual Shop with a Hero event, seven Shelby Township firefighters paired up with about 20 local children to cruise the aisles of the Meijer on Hall and Hayes roads. The shopping spree gave the children an opportunity to finish their Christmas shopping and buy gifts for their families and friends. Seven-year-old Jamison, of Shelby Township, said he was most excited about buying a Nerf gun for his friend so they can continue to have "mini wars" in his basement. Before the shopping fun began, Meijer supplied the families, firefighters and volunteers a pizza dinner, snacks and dessert. Also…
Friday, September 30, 2011
The sixth annual Shelby Township Firefighters charity golf outing braved the rain Friday to raise money for cardiovascular research at Children's Hospital.
A little rain and wind on a late September morning didn't stop the Shelby Township Firefighters from raising money for cardiovascular research at Children's Hospital, while having a little fun. The Shelby Township Firefighters Local 1338 held its sixth annual Golf Outing on Friday at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington Township. More than 60 people took off in a fleet of golf carts at 9 a.m. for the four-man scramble. Businesses and neighboring firefighters came out Friday to support Shelby's cause. Members of the Sterling Heights, Utica and Washington Township fire department joined the Shelby Fire Department. Each player was greeted with a chance to win big-ticket door prizes, such as a car or $10,000. The event also included steak …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Get the news you need to know to get you ready for the holiday weekend.
Happy first day of July. Though it’s hard to believe we are halfway through 2011 (only six more months to 2012!), Shelby-Utica Patch soldiers on to bring you all the news you need to know this morning as you prepare for the holiday weekend.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Here's the quick scoop on the news for Utica and Shelby Township.
Here’s all the news you need to know to get going on the last day of June 2011.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Fire tears through Utica condominium Tuesday night and leaves family homeless. One resident of complex treated for smoke inhalation, family dog rescued from burning unit.
A fire at a multi-family attached condominium unit in Utica Tuesday night left one family homeless and a neighbor injured. Nobody except the family dog was home when a fire broke out at a condo on the 12000 block of East Hickory Street. Assistant Fire Chief Randy Plante said neighbors reported that they saw smoke emanating from the 1,200-square-foot middle condo complex, which is attached to three other condos. Fire crews battled the flames for hours and were able to contain the blaze to the unit where the fire started to keep it from spreading to neighboring homes. The family's dog was rescued. Plante said the dog was taken to a veterinarian and is doing well. A resident of the condo complex was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation…