Arizona

Actor Dennis Farina dead at 69

Dennis Farina Promo 'Law and Order'

Dennis Farina
Promo ‘Law and Order’

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Actor Dennis Farina has died in a Scottsdale hospital today. He was 69.

According to TMZ, “Law and Order” actor Dennis Farina has died after suffering from a blood clot in his lung.

Farina, a Hollywood legend, appeared in a number of classic films and television shows. His most notable roles were Ray “Bones” Barboni in “Get Shorty,” and mobster Jimmy Serrano in “Midnight Run.”

Usually Ferina found himself portraying a police officer, or a mobster. He played both parts equally well considering his was a former Chicago police officer from 1967 until 1985.

One of his more well-known television roles was Detective Joe Fontana on “Law & Order.”

His latest TV role was in HBO’s “Luck”, which premiered in 2012.

Born in Chicago in 1944, Farina is survived by his 3 adult children from his marriage to Patricia Farina. They divorced in 1980.  He has two granddaughters and four grandsons. Farina’s rep adds that he is survived by “the love of his life of 35 years, Marianne Cahill.”

Last alarm for 19 of Prescott Arizona’s elite firefighting squad

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Credit: Heroes Memorial Foundation, Inc.

PRESCOTT, AZ – Nineteen firefighters were killed in Arizona Sunday, fighting one of the deadliest blazes in history.

The firefighters were members of an elite “hotshot” crew, calling themselves the ‘Granite Mountain Hotshots.’ There task was to dig a firebreak to create an escape route.

According to Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman, Art Morrison. ”A hotshot crew are the elite firefighters. They’re usually a 20-person crew, and they’re the ones who actually go in and dig the fire line, cut the brush to make a fuel break. And so they would be as close to the fire as they felt they safely could.”

One of the fallen Andrew Ashcraft Credit: Facebook - In Memory of Prescott FF

One of the fallen
Andrew Ashcraft
Credit: Facebook – In Memory of Prescott FF

Morrison went on to explain, “In normal circumstances, when you’re digging fire line, you make sure you have a good escape route, and you have a safety zone set up. Evidently, their safety zone wasn’t big enough, and the fire just overtook them.”

The 20 man crew deployed their fire shelters near the town of Yarnell in central Arizona just as the fire started to overtake them. Fire shelters are tent-like structures to help shield firefighters from heat and flames. The flames were too much for the fire shelters killing 19 of the 20 firemen.

The names have been released.

Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Robert Caldwell, 23
Travis Carter, 31
Dustin Deford, 24
Christopher Mackenzie, 30
Eric Marsh, 43
Grant McKee, 21
Sean Misner, 26
Scott Norris, 28
Wade Parker, 22
John Percin, 24
Anthony Rose, 23
Jesse Steed, 36
Joe Thurston, 32
Travis Turbyfill, 27
William Warneke, 25
Clayton Whitted, 28
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Garret Zuppiger, 27

The Granite Mountain Hotshots recruited only the most elite firefighters to their ranks, requiring candidates to complete a boot camp-style test to prove they were in peak physical condition.

Would-be members must run 1.5 miles in 10 minutes and 35 seconds, complete 40 sit-ups in 60 seconds, 25 push-ups in 60 seconds, and seven pull-ups.

According to the Granite Mountain Hotshot’s website, “We believe in rigorous physical and mental training, which allows us to perform at the optimum level in any location and under any circumstances. We are routinely exposed to extreme environmental conditions, long work hours, long travel hours and the most demanding of fire-line tasks. Comforts such as beds, showers and hot meals are not always common.”

Their training consists of running, hiking, yoga, doing core exercises and weight training.

Problem solving, teamwork, ability to make decisions in a stressful environment and being nice were just some of the attributes sought after in a candidate.

This elite organization of firefighters was established in 2002.

Individuals carried 50-70 pounds on their back, hiked seven miles or more to where they needed to work, and worked up to 14 hours, sometimes longer. The average age of the men in the hotshot crew was 22-years-old.

Prescott Fire Department spokesman Wade Ward said, “They have to be ready to leave for an assignment on two hours’ notice, which sometimes means missing family events. They have to be prepared to be on that assignment for 21 days, get two days rest at home, and possibly be sent out on another 21-day assignment.” Ward added, “it had to be the perfect storm in order for this to happen.”

The team had recently returned from fighting a wildfire in New Mexico.

The fire, which investigators believe was sparked by lightning, also destroyed more than 200 buildings in the town, which is home to about 700 people.

“This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement on Sunday. “It may be days or longer before an investigation reveals how this tragedy occurred, but the essence we already know in our hearts: fighting fires is dangerous work. The risk is well-known to the brave men and women who don their gear and do battle against forest and flame.

“When a tragedy like this strikes, all we can do is offer our eternal gratitude to the fallen, and prayers for the families and friends left behind. God bless them all.”

President Obama said in a statement praised firefighters as “heroes — highly-skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet.”

Please visit Heroes Memorial Foundation, Inc. to see how you can help!

 

18 firefighters die in Arizona fire

Sacramento NewsPRESCOTT, AZ – Eighteen firefighters have been killed battling a blaze in Arizona on Sunday.

Read: Update 19 firefighters die in Arizona fire

According to Wade Ward with the Prescott Fire Department, 18 firefighters that were unaccounted for Sunday night have been confirmed dead.

The eighteen firefighters were members of Prescott’s fire department.

There are conflicting numbers, when earlier today the Arizona State Forestry Division released a statement that said as many as 19 firefighters were missing.

According to Arizona State Forestry Division official, Art Morrison, The crew was fighting the Yarnell Hill fire that broke out Friday, just northwest of Phoenix. The fire has grown to over 1,000 acres, damaged three homes and has forced evacuations in Peeples and Yarnell.

Actor Jason London arrested – takes dump in squad car

reg_634.london.cm.12913_copyTMZ is reporting this afternoon that actor Jason London was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., bar.

It appears the 40 year-old actor sneezed on a patron and followed that up by slugging him.

According to the police report obtained by E! News, London started cursing at paramedics who were trying to assist him with the injuries he sustained during the altercation inside the Martini Ranch bar.

In London’s mug shot it looks like he probably should’ve refrained from sneezing on his fellow patrons.

The police report also states that London attempted to shove an officer, who responded by kneeing the actor in the outer right thigh, to which London replied, “F–k you! You won’t do s–t for me, you f–king hillbilly!”

The report continues to describe the ride to the station with London berating the officers saying, “Guess what, f—-t? I f–king love this! I f–king own you guys so hard. I’m rich and a motherf–king famous actor! F–king look me up, b–ch!”

That’s when London leaned to his left in the back seat of the squad car and proceeded to  defecated in his pants, telling the officer, “I told you that I’m happy as s–t!”

His wife Sophia confirmed he’s a jerk when he drinks, as the report quotes her during a phone call from the police station that her husband was in jail. She replied, “I know he’s an a–hole when he drinks.”

London has taken to Twitter with a number of tweets denying TMZ’s account of what happened:

“Guys, the TMZ report is a total f–king lie. I got jumped by three 250 pound bouncers. They knocked me out and beat me for several minutes.

“I would never say or do the crap they are reporting. Have faith in me. The truth will come out and you will see.

“Some guy thought I was hitting on his girl and had me jumped. My wife was in the next room, had no idea what even happened. I hate Arizona.

“Wait till you see the real pictures. I have a right orbital fracture and sinus fracture. The truth will win.”

Let’s hope this ‘motherf–king famous actor,’ understands that he needs a little help from his friends.

I hear Lindsay Lohan’s attorney is available.

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