Tuesday, April 30, 2013
David Dunville of Hartland is part of a national organization helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings cope with their injuries.
Hartland resident and former firefighter David Dunville is doing his part to help the victims from the Boston marathon tragedy. Dunville, who lost his leg in 2003 in the line of duty as an on-call firefighter, is the first full-time Amputee Peer Support Visitor and part of the national organization, the Amputee Coalition, that's helping Boston bombing victims cope with their injuries, according to a story from abc12.com. Employed by H-Care, with locations in Flint, Davison and Saginaw, Dunville said in a previous report that his position would provide information, support and understanding to both pre and post-operative amputees. “I help them through the process,” Dunville said previously. “I help them understand what is coming down the …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Victims of the accident were transported to Genesys Hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.
Updated at 9:30 a.m. The accident has been cleared and traffic is moving normally along M-59 in Hartland. 8:30 a.m. A multi-vehicle accident shut down M-59 at approximately 8 a.m. Monday morning according to Fire Chief Adam Carroll. Police officers are currently clearing debris off the road. Victims of the crash were transported to Genesys Medical Center, according to Carroll, with possible life threatening injuries. School buses going into the Autumn Woods subdivision were unable to enter the subdivision after the accident and morning communters along the busy stretch of road in Hartland were backed up beyond Old U.S. 23.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority will receive more than $51,000 in grant money.
The Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority was one of eight Michigan departments to receive a federal grant as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. According to a press release from Senator Carl Levin, the Hartland Fire Department will receive more than $51,000 for operations and safety improvements and will include an in-house certification and training program. “The main purpose of the grant was to assist in getting some management training done," said Hartland Fire Chief Adam Carroll, "including building a simulation lab to help better prepare and train our commanders on incident management." The computer-modeling simulation lab will be located in-house and will provide interactive …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Hannah Schultz and Raven O'Rourke delivered handwritten thank you notes to the Hartland Fire Department as a random act of kindness.
Carrying more than 35 “thank you” letters handwritten by their fellow classmates, two Hartland High School students visited the Hartland Fire Department last week to share a random act of kindness. Hannah Schultz and Raven O'Rourke, both high school juniors, had set up a table during their lunch period where students were able to stop by and write notes to the local firefighters with messages such as “Thank you for protecting us - you guys rock,” and “ You have inspired me, thank you.” Delivering their random act of kindness messages to the fire department, the Hartland students said they have enjoyed surprising people with many of the other random acts they have done throughout their school year. As part of a project for their school's …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Susan Porter-Tyson of Linden was involved in a single vehicle personal injury crash near the intersection of Bennett Lake Road and Clairmont Drive in Deerfield Township.
A 46-year-old Linden woman died after her vehicle struck a tree in Deerfield Township on Sunday night. Susan Porter-Tyson was found trapped and non-responsive in her car around 10 p.m., according to a press release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. Rescue attempts were made, but police say they were unable to revive Porter-Tyson, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the woman was alone in the car and driving at a high rate of speed before losing control of the vehicle. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the report. A preliminary investigation shows that alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor, but a final determination will be made once toxicology reports are obtained. The single …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
70-year-old Jim Brake is a station role model and "great example" for his fellow firefighters in Hartland.
On March 3, eight Hartland firefighters completed a climb at the GM Renaissance Center to support the American Lung Association. Climbing 70 floors in full gear, it was the first year the local department participated in the effort and among them was 70-year-old Hartland firefighter Jim Brake, who climbed one floor for each year of his life. Brake, who has been at the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority for 16 years, decided to participate in honor of his mother who passed away from cancer as well as a close friend who is currently battling the disease. Brake also said he chose to climb to be part of his team. Completing the climb in 47 minutes, Hartland Fire Chief Adam Carroll said Brake’s time was not only a great example for the whole …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Firefighters from the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority were honored during an awards ceremony on Friday night.
During Friday's Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority awards ceremony, many of the local firefighters were recognized for their rescue efforts from the past year. From structure fires to life saving efforts, citiations were awarded to many of the local firefighters including Gregg Schkade's CPR efforts during a fundraising event at Striking Lanes. A special life saving award was presented to Sgt. Matt Whitmore who, while off-duty, helped save the life of a 3-year-old boy after a frantic woman pulled the toddler from Spring Mill Pond on at Island Lake Recreation Area in July. During Friday night's ceremony, Fire Chief Adam Carroll read a letter from the father whose son was saved to the audience. Firefighter Tamara Johnston was awarded a …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Lt. Terry Conklin was honored during the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority awards ceremony on Friday night.
During Friday night's Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority, Lt. Terry Conklin was awarded the Firefighter of the Year award for 2012. Fire Chief Adam Carroll presented the award to the 16- year veteran telling the audience of firefighters, family and community members that Conklin had gained the "respect and admiration of his peers." During his 14 years in Hartland, Conklin has been one of the top run respondants, responding to more than 3,300 calls. In 2012, Conkilin responded to 424 calls, according to Carroll, while being a frequent trainer to other firefighters and being active in community events. "He's in the station almost daily," Carroll said, "participating in a litany of projects." Accepting the award, Conklin told the audience that…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The 2013 Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority will host their awards ceremony this Friday starting at 7 p.m.
The Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority will be hosting their awards ceremony on Friday starting at 7 p.m. According to the fire authority's Facebook page, firefighters Sean Kletzka, Gregg Schkade II and Rob Lehman will be awarded their promotions to the rank of Sergeant. Firefighter Jake Thompson will be awarded a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. There will also be an announcement for "Firefighter of the Year," according to the Facebook page. The ceremony will take place at the Hartland High School auditorium and the public is welcome to attend.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A barn belonging to McGrain Land Services caught fire Thursday afternoon.
A barn belonging to the McGrain Land Services of Howell was destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon. Howell and Hartland fire departments responded to the structure fire around 12:30 p.m., according to the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority Facebook page, and had the fire under control shortly after 1 p.m. According to owner Melissa McGrain, the barn contained work equipment including trucks, air compressors and other tools, for the family business – McGrain Land Services. The barn itself was located just a short distance away from the family’s home. McGrain, who was home at the time with her youngest son, niece and nephew, says her dog alerted her to the fire when he wouldn’t stop barking. "The smoke was billowing black," McGrain said. …