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Anaheim Fire & Rescue prepares for Wildfire Awareness Week, invites public to May 2 event

The big, furry guy stood out in the council chambers. But Smokey Bear’s appearance April 21 at the Anaheim City Council was timely and important. With the state still gripped in an ominous...

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The bad guys had vanished with a family’s life possessions – until she showed up for work

The bad guys were in the process of divvying up their ill-gotten gains. Within a few minutes, they would be in the wind --- hiding from the law after stealing the entire household belongings of a...

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Law enforcement symposium shines spotlight on issue of interacting with the mentally ill

The cops and other public service professionals settled into their seats to watch a full-length feature film, but this was no funfest at the local cinema. The subject of the movie was dark as night,...

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Ducks are in playoffs, which means T-shirts are on minds of Anaheim Fire & Rescue firefighters

The Anaheim Ducks are in the midst of a first-round playoff series with the Winnipeg Jets, which for Anaheim Fire & Rescue can mean only one thing: T-shirts. Well, maybe a little more than...

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Photos: Brea Dam blaze gets contained with help from several agencies  

Behind the Badge OC photographer Steven Georges was on the scene Saturday afternoon when a vegetation fire broke out in the Brea Dam Recreations Area, temporarily forcing the evacuation of 30 homes...

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Tustin police officer reunites with man she saved after he collapsed at construction site

No breath and no pulse. Tustin Police Officer Bonnie Breeze is positioned over the man who would tower over her 5-foot, 4-inch frame, if he were standing. But he’s not standing.  He’s...

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Westminster police give local students shot at fun, life lessons in hoops league

  They take a shot any chance they get. Often they miss --- the ball sometimes brushing underneath the net or hitting the rim with a dull thud. The crowd cheers for the effort, yelling...

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For this Garden Grove police academy grad, becoming a cop takes his family full circle

The police chief had a message for the soon-to-be cops. Tragedy doesn’t always come out of the barrel of a gun, he told them. Nor does it always happen in the dead of night. “Tragedy,”...

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Anaheim PD forensic team gives junior high students a glimpse into the world of CSI

Blood spatter. Gunshot trajectory. A maggot kit. It wasn’t your typical morning class at Sycamore Junior High in Anaheim. But on April 7, a room of eighth-graders listened intently as Jeannette...

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A week to honor dispatchers, who must stay dialed in no matter how traumatic the call

Headset on, Metro Net dispatcher Steven Perez calmly greets each caller on the other end with the same question: “Fire Department, what is the address of your emergency?” On a recent Tuesday...

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