July 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2014
Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is celebrating its 50th year serving the community with a reunion/open house Aug. 8.
The center is at 805 Front St. S.
Join Eastside Fire & Rescue in ‘Stuffing the Boot’ for the Issaquah Senior Outreach Program. There will also be fire truck tours, refreshments, a caricature artist, the Good Vibez Jazz Band and facility tours.
Learn more about the facility here. RSVP for the event by calling 392-1271.
July 15, 2014
A police officer stopped a car going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 400 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 1:25 a.m. July 1. The driver’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. She failed a field sobriety test and blew a .148 percent on the portable Breathalyzer, above the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent. The officer arrested her and had the vehicle impounded.
Police responded to a report of two people sleeping in a car in the 21700 block of Southeast 13th Place at 7:32 a.m. July 1. The man in the car had just moved to the area, but the woman’s parents would not let him stay in their house, so the pair took to sleeping in the car until they can sort out a living situation for him. Neither had any active warrants.
July 15, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 17, 2014
This is the time of year when trampoline use is high, so Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging parents to assess the risks involved.
A recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report showed that more than 75,000 emergency room visits per year are due to trampoline-related injuries in children.
July 8, 2014
Wedding bell blues
Police received a noise complaint June 19 and arrived in the 2500 block of Northeast Park Drive to find a wedding had just ended. The music had just been turned off. Police told the man in charge to keep the remaining guests quiet.
Welcome to your nightmare
A passerby crossing the corner of Front Street North and East Sunset Way June 21 called police about a male subject wearing a baggy dark blue sweatshirt, dark pants. Oh, he also wore a clown mask and the reporting person thought the man was carrying a knife. Police were unable to find the suspect.
July 3, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2014
Every year, Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the Fourth of July.
Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcomed sight at a family cookout. But fire elsewhere can make your summer kick-off memorable for all the wrong reasons.
An estimated 5,700 grill fires at residential properties occurred annually in the United States between 2006 and 2008, Eastside Fire & Rescue said in a news release. Over half of those fires occurred in May, June, July and August.
July 1, 2014
Firefighters bring career perspectives to students
If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.
“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.
Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month, depending on how often a child attends.
June 24, 2014
Kittens, ladders, sirens and zombies — yes, zombies — all have something in common. They each make an appearance in the Apollo Elementary School student-penned book “Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.”
At just 7 and 8 years old, Jamie Burcheci’s second-grade students are now published authors. They unveiled at a June 17 celebration their picture book about what firefighters do.
Firefighters use ladders to save kittens, sound the siren when someone is in trouble and even take down zombies with water hoses, according to the book.
June 21, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 21, 2014
On June 13, Eastside Fire & Rescue, members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 2878 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association celebrated their 60th annual Fill the Boot fundraiser.
Firefighters campaigned at intersections in Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend, seeking donations from passing cars. Together, they raised $13,000 in a four-hour period.
June 10, 2014
Second-graders in Jamie Burcheci’s class at Apollo Elementary School are now published authors.
The students recently worked with Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner to write and illustrate a book about firefighters called “Nozzlehead: What Firefighters Do.”
The publishers and students will hold a book release and signing celebration from 10:30-11:10 a.m. June 17 at the school, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.
May 20, 2014
“The job is not completed until the paperwork is done,” took on a whole new meaning at Eastside Fire & Rescue recently, when the Charmin Co. delivered free toilet paper to the agency as part of their annual Charmin Relief Project.
The Charmin Relief Project, acting on a Facebook comment, determined EFR to be a good candidate to receive the donation. Charmin donated enough for a year’s use for 20 firefighters.
The Charmin Co. selects one fire department from each state, each year, to receive the donated product. Big and small entities have benefited from the donations since the program began.