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You need to stay dialed in, and other tips for prospective emergency fire dispatchers

Get lost. That’s one of several pieces of advice a veteran emergency fire dispatcher has for anyone considering getting into the profession. But Mike Bates, a lead dispatcher at Metro Cities Fire...

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La Habra honors employees who serve, save lives

Navigating hundreds of emergency calls after an earthquake, saving a woman’s life and successfully intervening in a local man’s attempted suicide were among the valiant interactions with the...

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On this Saturday, life was a beach for these Cops 4 Kids Junior Cadet participants

Twelve-year old Ivan Lucatero stands on the beach and reflects for a moment on how he normally would spend a Saturday morning. "Right now? I would still be lying in bed playing around on my smart...

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Garden Grove officers, firefighters pitch in to tidy up neighborhood at community gathering

Hot dogs, cookies and community engagement. Those were some of the key ingredients behind a successful neighborhood cleanup May 30 led by the Garden Grove PD and Fire Department but including...

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Peer support helps La Habra officer through son’s deployment

“I’m going to a country that starts with an ‘I’,” the 22-year-old told his father. Dennis Coyle felt sick. And scared. “He was stationed in Kuwait so I knew he didn’t mean...

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Tustin PD thanks volunteers for thousands of hours in service

Three days a week, Rich Ruedas is at Tustin PD before the sun comes up. That’s when the black-and-whites are there, he says. It is Ruedas’ job to tend to the patrol cars and make sure they...

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Retired Fullerton police officer walks for a cause, and the reason is her late husband, ‘Mac’

She joked he had ulterior motives for wanting to marry her. “I told him he married me just so he could coach little league,” Karen MacDonald said during a recent conversation at Coco’s in...

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Down on the range with two sharpshooting firefighters --- yes, you read that right

Who were those masked men, anyway? OK, they weren’t wearing masks -- but safety goggles. But they sure were sharpshooters. “You’re perfect,” Garden Grove Police Sgt. Rich Burillo told one...

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Rolling Hills elementary ends successful Team Kids Challenge with a carnival

Four weeks of students competing against each other in such activities as collecting food and clothing culminated May 21 with a carnival, marking a successful end to the first-ever Team Kids...

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One last round of training before the real thing: See Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s newest in action

Five days before they graduated last week, the class of 19 recruits who were sworn in Friday as the newest firefighters at Anaheim Fire & Rescue got in some work at the North Net Training...

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