Union Grove volunteer fire department is in trouble after their former treasurer has been accused of stealing nearly $5K in check and cash from the department’s fundraising activities. Like many volunteer fire departments all over the country, this department counts on income from fundraisers to keep them afloat, and with a huge deficit due to the theft, they need the community help to keep the fire department open.
Fire Department Treasurer Forged Chief’s Name
Donna Hurst is scheduled for her first hearing on March 2, 2015. She is charged with 20 counts of forgery and theft. The former treasurer is free on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled for a March 2nd hearing. The charges stem from 21 unauthorized fire department checks that Hurst wrote to herself and later cashed. It is believed that she forged the chief’s name on these checks and used the revenue for her own benefit.
Boot Drive and Car Wash Funds Were Also Stolen
In addition to forging checks from the volunteer fire department’s account, it is also believed that the department’s treasurer stole cash that was gathered during boot drives and car washes. During the investigation, it was determined that the volunteer fire department had a lack of financial responsibility. The treasurer was the only person to review the bank statements, and also made all deposits, and signed checks.
Union Grove Volunteer Fire Department to Correct Issues that Led to Theft
Fire Chief Alvin Shoemaker acknowledges the deficits in his department’s financial responsibility and promises to correct the situation immediately. In a printed interview, Chief Shoemaker said this volunteer department only receives $200 in income from the county each month, and that the department relies on the community to make up the deficit.
Brush Truck and Fire Truck May be Pulled by County
According to their Facebook page, the Union Grove Volunteer Fire Department is in danger of having their brush truck and county engine taken away by the county. If this happens, everyone in McMinn County will be at risk. This is true because the nearest fire department is 20 to 30 minutes away.
How You Can Help Union Grove Volunteer Fire Department
As many of you are volunteers yourself, you can understand the tough predicament the Union Grove Volunteer Fire Department is in! If you would like to make a donation to help them keep their gear and get back on track, you can visit the department’s Go Fund me page http://www.gofundme.com/UnionGroveniotatn. The department would surely appreciate anyone that likes or shares their story as well.
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Emergency vehicle lights from 911 Signal USA are created with LED technology, which allow them to create bright light without draining your battery. However, at some point in your life, you will probably get behind the wheel, turn the key, expecting the engine to rev, and it won’t. Instead, you will have a dead battery and need to jump it. Here, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to jump a battery and get your vehicle back on the road.
Jumping a Dead Battery is a Simple Process
Don’t let the title above fool you into thinking, jumping a dead battery is a piece of cake – it’s not, but even auto professionals admit it’s easy once you get the hang of it. It is important to remember that jumping a dead battery must be done properly, or you can risk causing an explosion under the hood. Here are step by step instructions on how to jump your battery.
Locate Jumper Cables and Another Vehicle with a Working Battery
To successfully jump a dead battery, you will need a set of jumper cables and a 2nd vehicle. It’s important that the 2nd vehicle has a good working battery. To help prevent accidental injury while jumping a battery, you should wear safety glasses and safety gloves while charging your battery.
Get Your Car’s Reference Manual Out
90% of drivers keep their owner’s manual in the glove box. Before you jump your car’s battery, it’s important to take a look at this book. This is especially true if you have never jumped a car battery before, or have not done it on the vehicle you are working with. Check to make sure that there aren’t any special requirements to jumpstart your vehicle. Next, take a look under the hood and make sure your car battery isn’t leaking or visibly damaged. If you see any leaking or damage, your car battery should be checked out by an auto professional – do not try to jumpstart a damaged or leaking car battery.
Ideally, you should park the working vehicle as closely as possible to the first. The best locations for car battery jumping are directly in front of the vehicle or right next to it. It’s important to note that both vehicles need to be close enough for the cables to touch, or you will not be able to complete the charge.
Attach Jumper Cables to Positive Terminals
When you look at a car battery, you will see positive and negative terminals. Positive terminals are represented by a + sign and negative terminals are represented by a – sign. Jumper cables also have these same symbols. Before connecting jumper cables to positive terminals, make sure both vehicles are not running. Next, connect one red, positive cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Use the other positive jumper cable to the positive terminal on the working battery.
Attach Jumper Cables to Negative Terminal and Grounded Metal
After all positive connections have been made, it is time to attach cables to the negative terminal and grounded metal. Start with the working battery first. Attach a negative cable to the negative terminal on the working battery. Take the other negative clamp and attach it to a piece of grounded metal, such as a bolt or nut on the engine block. To avoid a spark, do not connect the 2nd negative terminal to the dead battery, or any other moving parts in the vehicle.
Do Not Let Cable Ends Come in Contact with Each Other
Once the first cable is connected, it is imperative that you do not let any of the cable ends contact each other. If cable ends come in contact with each other once connected to the car’s battery, an electrical arc could happen and cause vehicle damage.
Start the Car with the Working Battery 1st
After all cables are connected, turn on the car with the working battery. Let the vehicle run for about 1 minute. After a minute, try to start the stalled vehicle. If the vehicle doesn’t start right away, you may need to wait a few minutes to allow the vehicle to get a better charge. Make sure to let the cables cool down between tries.
Once Stalled Vehicle is Started – Allow it to Charge
If the charge takes, you may want to take the jumper cables off right away – don’t do this! Instead, let both vehicles run for a few minutes to absorb the charge.
Remove Jumper Cables Safely
When you are sure the stalled vehicle has a charged battery now, you are ready to safely remove the jumper cables. It’s important to remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that you installed them. When you remove the cables, it’s important to realize the cables are still hot, so you can’t let them touch each other, or they may create a spark.
Drive Vehicle for About 30 Minutes
Now that the vehicle is running and the jumper cables have been removed, it is important to keep the engine running for at least 30 minutes. After a ½ hour, your vehicle’s battery should be completely charged. If you shut the vehicle off before recharging the battery, it may lose its charge and have to have the battery jumped again.
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Winter is in full swing and so is our massive winter blowout sale. Shop 911 Signal USA today, and get great deals on the most popular warning lights in our online store and free promotional items too. Check out the deals below and let us know if you have any questions!
Free Promotional Items from 911 Signal USA
Our winter blowout sale is unique from other LED light retailers because we offer shoppers the chance to get free promotional items with sales of a certain amount. When you place an order with us, you can get the following emergency vehicle lights for FREE.
- Pair of E-24 Surface LEDs
- Witel dash light
- ANT 6-6 hideaways
- Combo – Witel dash light and E-24s
If you are buying emergency lights for fleet vehicles or POVs, you know that the cost can add up fast. To help you stretch your budget a bit further, we are offering a pair of E-24 surface mount LEDs with orders over $149.
If you follow us on Facebook, you know that we giveaway a Witel dash light almost every Friday. On Facebook, many of our followers and customers refer to Fridays as “dash light Fridays.” During our Winter Blowout Sale, you don’t have to be lucky to get a free dash light. Instead, spend $349, and we will ship you a Witel dash light for free.
Every emergency vehicle on the road can benefit from a pair of LED hideaway lights, but we understand not everyone has the budget to buy them, especially when they need a dash light, traffic advisor, and surface mount lights too. Now, when you spend $749 in our online store, you can get a pair of ANT 6-6 LED hideaways for free.
Best Emergency Vehicle Light Deal
The best emergency vehicle light deal in our Winter Blowout Sale includes a free Witel dash light and a pair of E-24 surface mounts with any order over $999.
911 Signal USA Winter Blowout Sale Details
As with all great deals, it’s important to read the details. At 911 Signal USA, we make all of our sales transparent and easy to understand. When shopping this sale, it’s important to remember the following:
- Only one free promotional item can be claimed per person, per order
- Offers cannot be combined with other promotions or offers
- Free promotional item will ship automatically with your order
- Customers are responsible for specifying the color of their free promotional items (must be done in notes section)
- Free Winter Blowout Sales Items are not exchangeable
- If free promotional items are on sale, they will be shipped as soon as possible
Winter Blowout Sale Ends January 24, 2015
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In December, Hicham “AJ” Najdi was struck and killed by a box truck on Interstate 495 in Virginia. The 45-year-old was working for Fairfax Towing and Recovery when killed. Today, Fairfax Towing and Recovery sponsored a memorial ride in honor of their employee.
Tow Truck Driver Struck by Box Truck While Working on I-495
When Najdi was struck and killed, he was preparing to load a disabled vehicles onto his tow truck. The disabled vehicle was located near Tysons Corner on I-495. While Najdi was working, a box truck driver crossed the shoulder line and struck Najdi, killing him instantly.
In addition to honoring AJ Najdi, Fairfox Towing and Recovery wanted to sponsor the memorial ride to raise awareness and bring attention to Virginia’s Move Over Laws. Like many states, Virginia’s Move Over Laws require drivers to move over one lane and decrease speed when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road. In Virginia and Maryland, and many other states across the country, tow trucks are to be treated the same as other emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and police cruisers, on the road.
Accident Could Have Been Avoided Had Box Truck Driver Moved Over
After the accident that claimed the life of AJ Najdi was completed, officials said if the driver had obeyed Virginia’s Move Over Laws…the accident may have been prevented. The driver of the box truck that struck and killed Najdi has been charged with reckless driving.
Move Over and Save a Life
Many states already including tow truck drivers under their Move Over laws and most states will likely cover these drivers in years to come. If you are curious whether your state protects tow truck drivers on the sides of roads in your state, check out 911 Signal USA’s Guide to Move Over laws.Read More
The New Year is officially one week old! If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, you still have plenty of time. Instead of promising to lose weight, quit smoking, or finally ditching a less than desirable vice for good, you want to make becoming a better driver your New Year’s resolution this year. To help you do this, we have come up with five ways you can quickly and easily become a better driver on the road.
Concentrate Behind the Wheel
We understand that life doesn’t stop when you get behind the wheel. With kids, smartphones, and busy schedules, many people are thinking about a million different things when they get in the car. While this is understandable, it is important to remember to concentrate behind the wheel. To do this, you can use a hands-free smart phone or promise not to eat in the car. By doing these two simple things, you will greatly increase your ability to concentrate while driving.
We’ve all seen it, some idiot driving ridiculously close to the vehicle in front of them. Not only should you not do this because it’s rude, but it’s also dangerous too. As a rule, you should have at least one second of travel time between you and the car in front of you for every 10mph of the speed limit. For instance, if you are in a 50mph zone, you should have at least 5 seconds of stopping time between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Stay to the Right
Most people know this, but others don’t – when you are driving, you should always stay to the right. Most left lanes are meant for passing. However, often times you will see drivers riding in the left lane. If you like to ride in the left lane, promise to stay to the right. You should only get in the left lane to pass someone, if you can do so in less than a minute. After you pass another vehicle, make sure to get over in the left lane. By keeping the left lane clear, you also make it easier for emergency vehicles with lights flashing to get where they need to be.
Use Your Turn Signals
Turn signals have been installed on vehicles for decades; however, some drivers still don’t use them. Even if you think the driver behind you knows exactly what you are going to do next, use your turn signals. It’s also important to use your turn signals when moving over for emergency vehicles or pulling over for a police officer during a traffic stop. When you use your turn signals, no one has to worry about what you are going to do next, which allows everyone to stay safer in the field.
Pull to the Right for Emergency Vehicles
Any time an emergency vehicle is on the road with its lights flashing, you should move to the right. It’s important to use common sense while doing this and not creating bigger risks by getting out of the way for emergency vehicles. By getting out of the way of emergency vehicle drivers, you are allowing them to do their job simpler and safer, which means you could be helping save a life.
911 Signal USA Wants Everyone to Stay Safe on the Road
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Last week, a Pennsylvania man was arrested and jailed for comments posted on Facebook. Steven Drake Jr., a southwestern Pennsylvania resident, posted Facebook comments encouraging people to kill police. His comments were made the same day two New York City police officers were ambushed and killed while on-duty.
Facebook Commenter Charged with Making Terroristic Threats and Disorderly
Drake made several comments on Facebook the night of the shootings, but the comment that landed him in jail was “The police brought this on themselves! I say kill them all! Enough is enough.” Other comments made by Drake Jr. included references to Michael Brown, a black man killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, a black man in New York City that died while being restrained by police.
Midway Resident Goes to Court January 6, 2015
Drake Jr., 29, has a preliminary hearing scheduled January 6th. According to police reports, Drake acknowledged making the threatening Facebook posts.
Illinois Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Police and Innocent White Children
The Pennsylvania man arrested for making threats on Facebook isn’t the only person to be arrested recently for his comments. A 33-year-old Illinois man, Aries Woodfin, was arrested last Friday when police visited his home to investigate a Facebook post in which he threatened to “kill cops and innocent white kids.” When cops arrived at a home Woodfin stays at from time to time, a .45-caliber pistol, ammo, and an impromptu shooting range where found in the home. Despite stating he was a “warrior” and the “streets would run red with blood,” Woodfin was not charged for making threats on Facebook, but he was charged with felony weapons possession a misdemeanor charge of assault, having a firearm without a permit, and disorderly conduct.
Texas Teen Arrested for Threating Picture on Twitter
In addition to the recent threats and arrests associated with Facebook, a 17-year-old Texas teen, Montrae Toliver, was arrested for making terroristic threats on Twitter. Toliver’s posted a picture on Twitter of what appears to be a marked police car in the distance with the caption “Should I do it? They don’t care for a black male anyways.” In the picture, it appears that Toliver is pointing what appears to be a pellet at the police cruiser. The Twitter photo was screenshot and submitted to Fort Worth police’s Facebook page. After the photo was submitted to Fort Worth police, the police department began an investigation.
What Do You Think?
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