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Victory Announced as Texas Judge Ordered By Superior Courts to Reinstate Transgender Widow's Marriage to Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

After nearly 6 years of fighting, my life has changed again with just one order.

Earn a #SmokeyBearHug in #FirePreventionMonth

Smokey Bear | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Smokey Bear

Since October is #FirePreventionMonth, I'd like to ask you to take one small action to help prevent wildfires. I'm not asking you to stop lightning -- nobody can do that! I'm asking you to step in and help prevent human caused wildfires, since nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans.

Why Would Anyone Want to Be a Cop?

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Sandy Malone

It scares the hell out of me that we will not have another generation of good cops coming onto police departments because of the hatred and political environment. I don't want any of our family members or friends to join the police department, but I also don't want to live in a country where the people who should have been the cops don't want to be anymore.

To the Single Mom Who Is Not Actually Single

Chelsea Mosher | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Chelsea Mosher

I sink down to the floor outside his bedroom and tears stream down my face. His door is closed but every scream from his little lungs rips through my being, echoing in my ears, permeating my soul.

2 Firefighters Killed In Kansas City Blaze

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.13.2015 | Crime

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#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

Obama Cites Sacrifices Made By Fallen Firefighters

AP | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

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These Are The 8 Things I Learned About Parenting From Firefighting

Jessie Adams Haug | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Jessie Adams Haug

Whether you're battling blazes or parenting, you've got to have a thick skin and a tough stomach.

9/11 Should Be a Federal Holiday

Sandy Malone | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Sandy Malone

Make the actual date of September 11th a federal holiday. None of this assigning it an "Every Second Monday" or "Every Second Friday" status. It's not like anybody who has any connection to the date, or even basic human compassion, doesn't spend a lot of time on that day thinking about what happened in 2001.

It Comes With the Job

Jennifer Lizza | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lizza

I kiss him goodbye before his shift and I don't allow myself to think about the danger. I can't. I would never sleep again if I did. Instead I watch my boys play with fire trucks, and pretend to put out fires with the hose and I laugh at their imaginations. Deep down part of me hopes they will outgrow this stage because to be perfectly honest I don't think I could handle all three of the men in my life being firefighters.

New Orleans Mayor Prepared To Spend Rest Of Term In House Arrest Over Firefighters' Pay

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

If it comes to it, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) is prepared to govern the next two years while under house arrest.  On Friday, Civil Dis...

My Harrowing Wildfire Escape

Jeff Frost | Posted 08.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Jeff Frost

"No one is leaving this valley. The road is blocked at both ends by the fire, so stay put! It's gonna get really hot and windy. Do not shut your vehicle off!" said the fire chief.

Firefighter Rescued From Blast Zone In China's Tianjin As Death Toll Rises

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.15.2015 | World

TIANJIN, China (AP) — The death toll from an inferno and huge explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin climbed to 85 on Saturday, includi...

How Was Your Fire, Honey?

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger George DeVault, author of FIRE CALL! a volunteer firefighter's memoir "How often do you get a fire call?" people ask all the time....

Fire Safety: 'Dumb Stuff' That Typically Smart People Actually Do

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger George DeVault, author of FIRE CALL!, a volunteer firefighter's memoir The blue minivan was a huge ball of fire when our pumper tr...

WATCH: World's Friendliest Restaurant Holds Hug-a-Thon for Charity

HooplaHa | Posted 07.24.2015 | Good News

Tim, who was born with Down syndrome, loves nothing more than doling out hugs by the hundreds and his birthday coincidentally falls on National Hug Day.

Boy Scouts of America Deserves Condemnation -- Not Praise

Peter McGraith | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter McGraith

Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.

8 Gorgeous Portraits Show That Fighting Fires Is Women's Work

San Francisco Magazine | Lauren Murrow | Photos: Margo Moritz | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women

“There’s an old saying about the fire department: ‘150 years of tradition unimpeded by progress,’” says Captain Tracey Chin, who’s been an...

WATCH: How Are America's Heroes Staying In Shape This Summer? Time To Get Firefighter Fit! | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living

For most guys, fitness is about keeping in shape so they can play sports, or retain their physique from their college days. But for some -- like fir...

See It to Be It

Jennifer Roman | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Roman

I am extremely proud to be a member of my fire department. The work challenges me physically, emotionally and cognitively. It is deeply satisfying. Shouldn't a career like this be open to any man or woman who wants to pursue it?

We Often Forget to Say Thank You and Sometimes It's Too Late

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

Sometimes it takes a lot of words to make a point but at other times a few sentences will do. Kevin McRae worked with my son on the Washington, DC department.

Kate Sheppard

Firefighters' Union Says New Oil-By-Rail Rules Fall Short | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The largest union representing firefighters in North America said Tuesday that a new Department of Transportation rule for transporting ...

Lynne Peeples

Toxic Smoke Forces Firefighter To Retire, But He's Not Done Protecting Others | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green

Firefighter Clive Savacool battled his final blaze, a grass fire in Pittsburg, California, in March 2014. He collapsed after a few hours on the scene ...

5-Year-Old Who Climbed 30 Feet Up Tree Gets Down Safely With A Little Encouragement From Firefighters

The Associated Press | Posted 04.14.2015 | Good News

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Firefighters had to be called to help a 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy out of a tree after he climbed up 30 feet to see the ins...

East Village Fire Brings Out The Best In New Yorkers As City Comes Together To Help

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch & Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.31.2015 | Good News

Amid the chaos of a fire that rattled lower Manhattan on Thursday, there were countless acts of altruism from neighbors and business owners showing su...