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Battle of the Bravest at Harbor Park helps Muscular Dystrophy Association

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Softball teams from four Hampton Roads fire departments took the field at Harbor Park on Saturday, June 29, for this year’s Battle of the Bravest, a competition that embodies the long connection between fire fighters and… Continue Reading

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Gunman kills 12 people, wounds four in mass shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A city worker killed a dozen people and wounded four more at the Municipal Center in the late afternoon of Friday, May 31, before the gunman was killed after a sustained battle with police inside… Continue Reading

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American Legion Post 113 recognizes public safety service in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 recognized four members of the Virginia Beach public safety community during its annual Law and Order Day celebration. The post recognized fire Capt. Harold Hill, volunteer emergency medical… Continue Reading

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Hunters, with dogs in tow, deliver a kind bounty to rescue personnel

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Members of the Tidewater chapter of the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance delivered Thanksgiving favorites to first responders in the southern reaches of Virginia Beach on Tuesday, Nov. 20.  There was turkey, ham, collards, produce from local… Continue Reading

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Procedures were not followed in ‘live burn’ training, but city says there was not exposure to asbestos

Ed. — This is a developing story, and it will be updated online and in the upcoming print edition of The Independent News. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Fire Department in April sent firefighters to a house that… Continue Reading

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American Legion recognizes Virginia Beach public safety personnel

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – American Legion Princess Anne Post 113 honored four public safety representatives during it’s annual Law and Order Day gathering on Sunday, Feb. 11. The post recognized Master Firefighter Daniel Mugan, Master Police Officer Travis… Continue Reading

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Paid firefighters to remain on Knotts Island; commissioners to consider fire service tax district to pay for it

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CURRITUCK, N.C. — Currituck County will keep paid firefighters on Knotts Island following a contract dispute that led the volunteer department in the isolated community to stop responding to calls this month — and the change may lead to… Continue Reading

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Letter: In support of staffing a Virginia Beach fire engine at Fort Story to reduce response times

Dear Editor: The Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters would like to go on the record in support of the staffing of a Virginia Beach Fire Department fire engine on base at Fort Story. We believe the proposed staffing will help to… Continue Reading

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Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading

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Smoke detectors helped people, pets escape house fire on Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Several people were displaced this morning after a house fire on the 100 block of Wade Avenue in Knotts Island, N.C., but a fire department spokesperson from Virginia Beach credited working smoke detectors with helping four adults,… Continue Reading