Firefighter credited with saving boy’s life at Sand Lake

The two-year-old was found face down in the water

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (KVRR) — A visiting firefighter from South Dakota is being credited with reviving a two-year-old boy found face down in the water at Sand Lake, north of Pelican Rapids. The boy was found shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday when families noticed he wasn’t inside the house. The firefighter immediately began CPR while his 16-year-old daughter called 911….

First Responders Funeral Procession for Fallen Firefighter Tim Kath

Courtesy: Whitney Demarais / Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral HomeLIDGERWOOD, N.D. (KVRR) — A funeral procession is held for fallen firefighter 42-year-old Tim Kath of Nashua, Minnesota as services are held in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Kath died on New Year’s Eve at Sanford in Fargo after getting COVID-19. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation classifies his death as a Line of Duty…

Dalton firefighter killed in crash to be honored Friday

DALTON, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – The Dalton Fire Dept and other first responders are preparing to remember a longtime firefighter who died last weekend in an ATV crash near Dalton. Assistant Fire Chief Jason Kirchner had been a member of the department for 18 years. The department is expecting that people will line the streets on Friday, the day of Kirchner’s…

Grand Forks Fire Station Closes after Positive COVID-19 Case

Stations 1 and 3 will cover Station 5's service area.

GRAND FORKS, N.D.–Grand Forks Fire Station 5 is temporarily closed after a firefighter tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The infected firefighter last worked on April 30 and had close contact with two other firefighters who are now self-quarantining for 14 days. It is currently unknown how the firefighter acquired the virus. Station 5, which is located at 1002 47th…

City of Fargo Reaches Settlement With Fired Firefighter

Scot Kelsh sued the city for $1.8 million claiming discrimination and violation of confidentiality

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo City Commissioners have awarded a former Fargo firefighter 63 thousand dollars to settle a discrimination lawsuit. Scot Kelsh sued the city for $1.8 million claiming discrimination and violation of confidentiality after he was diagnosed with a work-related disability. He was fired in 2016. Appeals to the City Commission and the City Civil Service Commission upheld his…

Neighbor Rescues Sleeping Woman And Two Kids From Apartment With Stove Fire

Fire officials say there were no smoke detectors in the apartment

FARGO, ND — A man jumps into action when he smells smoke coming from a neighboring apartment. The man broke in and found a woman and two children sleeping on a couch in an apartment in the 500 block of Oak Street North in Fargo. It happened around 2:30 this afternoon. He grabbed the kids and brought them outside, woke the…

Fargo Fire Department Holds Graduation Ceremony for 497th Firefighter

Brent Bachmeier spent the last four years at the Cavalier Air Force station

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Fire Department welcomes Brent Bachmeier, its 497th firefighter, with a graduation ceremony. “I’m ecstatic, I’m incredibly happy that I finally made it. I wanted a job I could feel proud of, a job that I could help a lot of people. I grew up in Fargo, so I wanted to help the community I grew up…

One Moorhead Teen Doesn’t Let Epilepsy Stop Her From Living Her Dream

But Emma is taking off her usual protection and putting on a look fit for a fighter

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Things haven’t always come easy to 14–year–old Emma Pederson, but one thing always has…a smile, ear to ear. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen met Emma a few weeks ago and knew her story needed to be told. Now she shows us how her dream has finally become a reality. The roar of the engine and heavy gear has always…

Local Firefighters Participate in Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Firefighters wear their gear, which weighs between 50 and 60 pounds, while climbing 110 flights of stairs

FARGO–Firefighters from Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and a half dozen surrounding areas are honoring the fallen 9/11 firefighters by climbing 110 flights of stairs. “It’s been 17 years since it happened now and it’s not fresh in everyone’s mind and this just kind of helps everybody remember what happened that day,” West Fargo firefighter and event organizer Zach Banister said….