New York Marathon 2017: Medina Team For Kids Charity
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It has been 15 years since I have run a marathon and now that I am retired for just over a year, my deciding to run the New York Marathon 2017 was because my son, Matthew received an entry into the marathon through the lottery system. I was very happy for him and my wife and I thought we would go there to watch him run. I have run 24 marathons in the past and I know the experience when one crosses the finish line after 26.2 miles. It is very euphoric and emotional, but as I said, 15 years since I have done one so I thought to myself that it would be a neat experience to be a part of and now that I am 64 years old, I may not ever get a chance again. So the road to the marathon begins here when you click above and you will understand the charity I am running for. I now have motivation to train for that day but more importantly to connect with people and ask for donations to help their cause. Thank you very much and I know when I run that day you will be there in spirit to carry me across that finish line. Sincerely, Raul Medina
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Intentional Car Fires have Milwaukee Firefighters Training to Become Detectives
It's a call Milwaukee Firefighters are seeing more than ever before: A car engulfed in flames, abandoned on a quiet road or in a parking lot.
Their first concern is putting out the flames. Their second, figuring out how the fire started.
"What we're trying to do is determine whether or not the car fires that we do see in the city of Milwaukee are accidental, or whether they're arson," says Captain Schuyler Belott.
Already this year, Milwaukee Firefighters have been dispatched to 249 vehicle fires, that's more than 2 per day.
"We certainly have a problem in the city of Milwaukee with stolen vehicles, and they're being used for other crimes, and then at the end burned," says Belott.
So how can firefighters pull evidence from a burned out shell of a car?
"It takes a lot of studying," says Forensic Examiner Mike Riegert.
On a recent April weekend, about 30 firefighters and police officers took part in a first-of-its-kind training in Milwaukee.
Riegert and his forensic team started 10 fires on 10 different cars, simulating real-life scenarios for first responders.
"We're simulating some arson fires, some electrical fires, some mechanical failures," says Riegert.
Riegert travels from state to state, training law enforcement and firefighters on how to detect arson.
"Vehicle fires are a lot different than structure fires," he says. "There really aren't a lot of people that specialize in vehicles."
The first step: Figuring out where the fire started.
Riegert says most arsonists act quickly, hoping to start the car on fire and get away. That often involves pouring gas on the interior seats, which leaves a visible pattern after it's burned away.
"You identify the place with the greatest amount of damage to find the origin of the fire," says Belott. "There's a lot of different ways it can happen."
Out of the 800 active firefighters with MFD, only 30 are trained as fire investigators. That number will grow by 50% this year, thanks to trainings like this one.
"What I think we're seeing is more of those fires that aren't necessarily accidental or mechanical," says Belott. "The more investigators we have, the better job we can do."
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9-11-16 STANDING FOR THE FALLEN Memorial Tribute VIDEO is finished!!
After sorting through thousands of photos and videos from our 9-11-16 BOOKS FOR BRAVERY and STANDING FOR THE FALLEN Memorial Tribute Events, the video tribute is ready for you to watch!
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ERS Retirement Calculator
Did you know that you can see your contributions to date into the Employee Retirement System and your current Service Credit? Did you know that you can also create a benefit estimate any time you want to?
Go to the ERS Login page (below). If you do not remember your login information, click on the "Forgot User Name and / or Password" link to retrieve it.
After you log in, click on "Member Account Summary". Your numbers will pop up. Look for a link called "Benefit Estimates". Click on that.
The Pension Benefit Calculator page will then appear. Read about what can and cannot be done with this tool. Then scroll down to click on the "I Agree" tab.
You're finally there! Fill in the blanks and see what your future holds!
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