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For GVFD firefighter, jiu-jitsu and the job are about preparation

Most people probably don’t think there’s much of a connection between firefighting and chess and even fewer are likely to think there’s a connection between firefighting and jiu-jitsu. Green Valley Fire District EMT firefighter Mark Savalle will tell you there is something that ties the three together. It’s strategy. When Savalle, 29, isn’t responding to…

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Sayre signing off after 16-year career with GVFD

Seventy-one. When Katie Sayre walks out the door of Green Valley Fire District for the last time next week, she’ll be leaving behind 71 friends and colleagues. When she walked in the door 16 years ago, that number was two. A lot has changed since Sayre, 60, joined the department aside from staffing levels, many…

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Fallen arches: Green Valley McDonald’s comes down

Green Valley’s McDonald’s was reduced to rubble Tuesday to make way for a rebuild, due around Labor Day. Workers will carry off the debris Wednesday. The building’s last act? It was a training ground for the Green Valley Fire District.

Wrong-way driver causes crash on I-19

UPDATED: This crash was previously reported as involving five vehicles. This is updated information. A suspected drunken driver headed the wrong way on Interstate 19 caused a three-vehicle accident at Continental Road on Saturday evening, according to the Department of Public Safety. The driver was northbound in the southbound lanes about 8 p.m. and struck…

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UPDATE: Two injured, one critically, in multi-vehicle crash on I-19

Two people were sent to area hospitals following a four-vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 19 in Green Valley, according to the Green Valley Fire District. The crash, which occurred north of the Esperanza Boulevard exit around 12:20 p.m. and included a semi truck, closed the left northbound lanes until around 1:45 p.m. The northbound Esperanza Boulevard…

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Motorcyclist faces life-threatening injuries after crash

A 51-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle. The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. in the 6200 block of West Duval Mine Road, on the way to Freeport McMoRan’s Sierrita Mine, according to the Green Valley Fire District. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. He was airlifted…

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GVFD looks to rate hike to cover pensions, capital fund

The Green Valley Fire District hopes to increase its tax rate 14 cents beginning July 1 to cover increased pension costs and to reinstate a capital replacement fund. If the board approves the increase later this month, taxpayers would pay $2.52 for every $100 of assessed valuation. Someone who owns a home valued at $200,000…

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Theater popcorn — yes, the actual popcorn — catches on fire

A popcorn warmer caught the popcorn on fire Friday night at Desert Sky Cinema in Sahuarita. Employees put out the fire with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived. The fire was contained to the machine, which a Green Valley Fire District spokesman said could cost about $9,000 to replace. A theater employee said Saturday that the…

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Helmet helped in Car-vs-bike crash

A 68-year-old woman riding her bicycle was struck by a car shortly before moon Monday while traveling north on La Canada near Duval Mine Road. The woman, who was wearing a helmet, suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Joey Kosiorowski, a division chief with the Green Valley fire District.    


  Diego Burgos enjoys a dousing courtesy of a Green Valley Fire District fire hose during Continental School Field Day on Thursday to mark the last day of the school year.

The support was amazing! Thank you

During the days the Sawmill Fire raged in the Santa Rita Mountains, many folks showed their support to the firefighters on the line battling the blaze.  The Green Valley Fire District wishes to thank those who came by and dropped off donations of food, socks, water, wipes, sunscreen, chap-stick, baby powder and other items that…

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Study looks at training resident to use AEDs

Anyone who has experienced a cardiac event or seen a loved one suffering through one knows the agony of waiting for paramedics. Two University of Arizona professors want to ease minds by changing that and making Green Valley a “heart-safe community.” Cardiologists Dr. Marvin Slepian and Dr. Karl Kern believe every community should have an…

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