Safety & Security: Emergency Response
- Baseball Community Shocked by Fernandez Death
by Joe Capozzi and Tom D'Angelo September 2016
At Marlins Park on Sunday, there was no baseball game. Players cried openly in the clubhouse. A No. "16" was painted on the pitcher's mound. And on the giant scoreboard over rows of empty seats was a simple display: "16 Jose Fernandez." Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' infectious star who escaped Cuba on a raft eight years ago and blossomed into one of baseball's most electrifying personalities, was killed early Sunday in a violent boat crash off Miami Beach. He was 24. "Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish fastest," Marlins President David Samson, surrounded by the entire team, said at an emotional news conference at Marlins Park, where players openly wept. "His personality transcended culture and religion and race. His story will be told forever."
- Panthers Won't Move Home Game Despite Protests
by A.J. Perez September 2016
The Carolina Panthers will not be moving Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings. The team was discussing the status of its Week 3 contest with law enforcement and NFL officials amid the riots that have left the city of Charlotte under a state of emergency but still intends to play at downtown Bank of America Stadium.
- Bomb Blast Forces Marines' Charity Race Cancellation
by Jacqueline L. Urgo and Rob Tornoe September 2016
Police and federal authorities blocked boardwalk and beach access Saturday after a pipe bomb blew up in a plastic garbage can — just minutes before thousands of runners were to pass by in the Seaside Semper Five charity 5k race to benefit U.S. Marines and sailors. No one was injured. The race was canceled and homes were evacuated. The discovery of an unattended backpack just before the race began caused a delay in the competition that may have saved many runners from harm.
- Police Taser Suspect at HS Football Game
by Daily Herald September 2016
Lincolnshire Police pursued a man considered possibly dangerous through the crowd at the Stevenson High School football game Friday night, using a Taser to take the man into custody as he headed toward the football field, according to a news release issued early Saturday morning.
- HS Football Game Called Due to Parking Lot Shooting
by Konstantine Fekos September 2016
The stadium at Small Athletic Field in York city was put on lockdown during the McCaskey and York High football game Friday night after two people were reportedly shot in the parking lot.
- Hermine Threatens College Football Games
by Harry Minium and David Hall September 2016
Although Hurricane Hermine hadn’t yet made landfall in Florida on Thursday afternoon, it could force both Old Dominion and Norfolk State to postpone their football home openers until Sunday.
- Town to Place AEDs at Parks, Beaches
by Rachel Uda September 2016
Fifty new defibrillators will be placed at parks, beaches and pools throughout the Town of Hempstead, officials announced Wednesday as they demonstrated how to use the potentially lifesaving devices. At Shell Creek Park in Island Park, Town Supervisor Anthony Santino knelt over a town employee laid out on the grass and placed electrode pads on the man's chest. The town's medical director sat nearby and simulated CPR before a fake shock from the device was delivered to the man.
- Dolphins Taking Proactive Approach to Combating Zika
by By Joe Schad Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2016
Even though there are 15 miles separating Zika hot zone Miami Beach and Miami Gardens, the Dolphins organization has taken proactive, aggressive steps to treat areas with EPA-approved chemicals designed to limit mosquitoes.
- High Heat Not Necessary for Heat Stroke
by Des Bieler August 2016
Summer may be entering its final stages, but that hardly means that those exercising outdoors are mere weeks away from not worrying about taking the proper precautions to avoid heatstroke. Doug Wetzel, 32 and in terrific shape at the time, was running in temperatures in the mid-70s last year for a triathlon when he veered off course and collapsed on a nearby house's front lawn, the victim of heatstroke. Actually, he was the victim of several catastrophic ailments, including compartment syndrome in his right leg, which led to rhabdomyolysis, which he thinks led to his heatstroke ("This weird, perfect storm," as he put it). From this "perfect storm," he would end up lying comatose at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, in desperate need of a new liver.
- Parasitic Disease Incidence Linked to Area Pools
by Mark Somerson August 2016
Cases of cryptosporidiosis linked to area swimming pools, splash pads and a water park in Columbus and Franklin and Delaware counties have jumped from 107 cases a week ago to at least 202.