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PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix officials are expected to announce a plan this week to help police officers afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mayor Greg Stanton tells KPHO-TV he asked City Manager Ed Zuercher to appoint a task force to examine how to better support police officers and firefighters with PTSD.
The effort follows last week's suicide of former Phoenix police officer Craig Tiger.
Tiger was fired after a drunk driving arrest in June 2013. The arrest occurred one year after Tiger and his partner were involved in the fatal shooting of a man who was threatening people in a park with a bat.
Police advocacy groups such as the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association say the Phoenix Police Department should have done more to help Tiger.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a mechanic is dead after being crushed by a car he was working on at a Phoenix used automobile dealership.
Phoenix Fire Department officials say the 43-year-old victim had been working beneath the car Tuesday at Fred Carries Contracts Inc. when a jack slipped, causing the vehicle to fall on his chest.
Phoenix police say Salbador Gonzalez was dead by the time Phoenix police and firefighters were called to the dealership.
Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death.
PHOENIX (AP) — Kara Kalkbrenner has become Phoenix's first female fire chief.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine why a man stopped breathing after being placed in handcuffs by Phoenix police officers following a confrontation.
Police say 48-year-old Daniel Zamora died Sunday morning after being taken into custody by three officers after one home was broken into and a window of another home in a north Phoenix neighborhood was smashed.
Sgt. Jonathan Howard says police had received reports that Zamora had made unusual statements and may have been hallucinating.
Howard says Zamora tried to punch one of the officers but that they were able to take him into custody after a brief struggle. That's when the officers noticed Zamora had stopped breathing.
Police and firefighters tried unsuccessfully to revive Zamora.
The medical examiner will determine cause of death.
It has been a somber two weeks for the members of the Chandler Police Department after losing two of their brothers in a four-day span.
Students from Roosevelt Elementary School in Mesa received a pair of special visitors on Nov. 4.
Proposition 487, to be decided by Phoenix voters this November, has been clouded by a lot of confusion and misinformation. Unfortunately, one of the main perpetrators is Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who in an attempt to confuse voters, has once again attacked our city’s firefighters.
A Bashas' store in Mesa had to be evacuated Monday night after a small fire started in one of the aisles.
Authorities in Chandler say a 2-year-old girl is in critical condition after being pulled from a backyard swimming pool.
The fact that a toddler’s favorite toy held a packet of “Spice,” the illegal drug, wasn’t the only reason that the child was in danger, according to authorities.
An unusual rescue took place in Mesa on Saturday when firefighters had to get a horse out of a back yard pool.
Firefighters rescue a Mesa family's horse from their swimming pool Saturday, Oct. 25. (AP Photo/Mesa Fire Department)
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink.
Mesa firefighters say the horse was wandering outside of its pen Saturday when the animal somehow fell into the backyard swimming pool and became stuck.
Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith says firefighters, with the assistance of a veterinarian, tranquilized the horse before pulling it out using several straps.
Smith says the horse was not injured.
Authorities say one person has been found dead after a fire in Mesa.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in southern Arizona say a 7-month-old girl died this week after being left in a car for up to eight hours before her father noticed her unconscious in the back seat.
Tucson police have identified the baby as Isabel Ledo Herrera but say they are withholding some information as the investigation continues. No arrests have been made.
Sgt. Chris Widmer says detectives confirmed that the father was driving his vehicle and that he didn't know anyone else was in it. Widmer says the father immediately called 911 when he noticed his daughter.
Authorities received a 911 call at 5:19 p.m. Wednesday. The girl died at a hospital after firefighters found her unresponsive.
Widmer says preliminary information indicates the child was in the car for as long as eight hours.
Three people were displaced from a Mesa home Wednesday after a fire ignited in the kitchen.
It’s not news when politicians try to get into our wallets. But this year, both the city of Phoenix and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) have crossed the decency line in their efforts to keep our money flowing their direction.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Authorities say a patient wanting out of an Arizona hospital used an ambulance as his getaway vehicle.
Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis says a man hijacked a parked ambulance Sunday outside West Valley Hospital.
Kutis says a firefighter sitting in the back was able to jump out safely.
Police pursued the man, who failed to pull over.
Authorities then used GPS to locate the vehicle and the patient at his home in the suburb of Avondale.
Kutis says he was arrested on charges of theft of means of transportation, felony flight, failure to yield to police and disorderly conduct.
She did not know why the man was hospitalized.
She says the patient, who felt he was being hospitalized against his will, is being booked into a Phoenix jail.
The ambulance was returned to firefighters.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is ordering U.S. flags on all state office buildings lowered in honor of fallen firefighters, including 19 Hotshots.
Brewer says flags will fly at half-staff in commemoration of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
They will remain lowered until sunset Sunday.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation holds a national tribute every October for firefighters who died in the line of duty the previous year. Officials at the National Fire Academy in Maryland will hold a service for 107 firefighters.
Brewer says this year's tribute is especially poignant as those lost include 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.
The firefighters were killed June 30, 2013 in the Yarnell Hill Fire in northern Arizona.
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and central Arizona, flooding roadways in some low-lying areas and leading firefighters to rescue a man whose van got stuck.
The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain fell early Thursday in Apache Junction, a city on the eastern fringe of the Phoenix area.
That's where the man's van got stuck in high water in a low spot on a street. Helicopter news video shows firefighters helping him climb from his van into a fire truck amid rushing water. Other footage shows intersections and parts of neighborhood roads underwater.
Storm runoff also briefly closed one lane on the U.S. 60 freeway in the same area.
The weather service said motorists shouldn't drive into areas where water covers the roadway.
Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and south-central Arizona, producing standing water in some low-lying areas and resulting in the rescue of a man whose van got stuck.
Over an inch and a half of rain fell in the Apache Junction area on Thursday morning alone.
“Sometimes the airplanes in Chandler are so loud and low, I feel like I am in a war zone.”
Two people were able to get out safely after a fire broke out inside their Chandler home.