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GVFD Ops Chief finishes program

EMMITSBURG, MD. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) announced that Joseph P. Kosiorowski, successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP). “The intensive EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration,” according to U.S. Fire Administrator…

Driver Hurt

A 20-year-old Tucson man escaped serious injury Monday when his car rolled about 7:10 a.m. on southbound interstate 19, just south of Continental Road. Green Valley Fire District responded to the crash and said the driver escaped serious injury because he was wearing his seat belt.  He was treated at the scene for minor cuts.

Police: Woman who rolled ATV may have been drunk, stolen vehicle

The Sahuarita Police Department is investigating whether a 45-year-old Sahuarita woman stole the ATV she rolled over Thursday night. Sahuarita Police Sgt. Michael Falquez said officers received a call that a woman stole an ATV and crashed it in the intersection of Camino de las Quintas and Calle Del Libro Dorado around 5:40 p.m. Officers…

Sahuarita man struck by lightning

A Sahuarita man suffered non-life threatening injuries Friday when he was struck by lightning. Green Valley Fire District spokesman L.T. Pratt said the 42-year-old man was digging a hole to divert water when lightning struck his home at the peak above his garage, traveled down and came up through the ground 20 feet away and…

Richey named to GVFD board

Former Green Valley Council executive director Sandra Richey was sworn last Wednesday as the newest Green Valley Fire District board member. The 18-year Green Valley resident replaces Mikel Shilling, who retired after 12 years on the board, the last several as chair.  In Addition to serving as executive director of the GVC, Richey spent eight…

Truck rolls 200 feet down mountain road

A 47-year-old Amado woman suffered minor injuries early Monday when her vehicle went off Mt. Hopkins Road, 200 feet, rolling at least once, according to the Green Valley Fire District. Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies walked the woman up to the road where she was evaluated by Tubac Fire and GVFD personnel. She was taken to…

Rattler bites Green Valley man

A 69-year-old Green Valley man was bitten by a 2 1/2 foot rattlesnake Sunday and taken to Banner University Medical Center. Green Valley Fire District Spokesman L.T. Pratt said the man suffered a bite to his foot around 4 p.m. at a home in the 1000 block of West Desert Canyon Place. Rattlesnakes are active…

GVR CEO, wife injured in motorcycle crash

The CEO of Green Valley Recreation and his wife were injured Sunday in a motorcycle accident on Old Nogales in Sahuarita. Kent Blumenthal injured his foot, and his wife, Becky, had a knee injury in the crash that occurred about 2 p.m. near Quail Creek-Veterans Municipal Park. Both suffered road rash, according to the Green…

Two GV residents injured in Crash

Two Green Valley residents were hurt Saturday might in a two-vehicle crash at La Canada and Via Alamos. According to the Green Valley Fire District, one vehicle sustained minor damage and the other rolled over in the 10 p.m. accident. A 70-year-old resident who was in the vehicle with minor damages declined to be treated…

Unwelcome guests

It started out to be a fun patio party on Sunday. I was still setting up about 4 p.m. when I heard a hissing sound, and with a quick investigation discovered a rattlesnake in the corner of the patio. I called the Green Valley Fire District and within 5 minutes they were out and removed…

County Looks to Volunteers to do Some Tough Work

Partial Article by David J. Del Grande How does the Pima County Board of Supervisors stay on top of the minutiae of road repairs or the best way to serve local business owners? What about keeping up on elections, historical designations or agriculture? They appoint a small army of volunteers to commissions and committees. …Voice…

Man hospitalized after collision near Quail Creek entrance

A 19-year-old man was taken to Banner University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after hitting a tree near the entrance to Quail Creek Wednesday night. Two vehicles were involved in a sideswipe-type collision shortly before 8 p.m. and one of the vehicles struck a tree afterward, injuring the 19-year-old driver, who was wearing a…

She’s retiring once more, but she’s not slowing down

Mikel Shilling is retiring from public service — again — but don’t expect her to sit still. She never has and she never will, she says. Shilling, 82, recently announced her last day on the Green Valley Fire District board will be Nov. 28. She wants to spend more time traveling, visiting family and knitting….

Home Fire

A manufactured home caught fire Sunday in the 18000 block of South Old Nogales Highway, about halfway between Nogales Highway and the entrance to Quail Creek. Nobody was home when the fire was reported about 5:20 p.m.  Three adults lived in the home, which had about $30,000 in smoke and fire damage, according to the…

Just Practice

Green Valley Fire District firefighters took advantage of the impending razing of the American Southwest Credit Union in the Big Lots/Ross plaza to get in some training.  Operations Chief Joey Kosiorowski said Cole Valley Partners and Culver’s agreed to allow firefighters to practice wall breaching and vertical ventilation, Culver’s restaurant and Dutch Bros. Coffee will…

Trash Fire

Green Valley Fire District firefighters extinguish a trash fire around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Via Alamos and Rio Yaqui in northern Green Valley. The driver of the commercial garbage truck saw smoke coming from the trash compartment and firefighters put out the fire after he unloaded it at their request.  Traffic was diverted to one…

Landscaper suffers rattlesnake bite

A 40-year-old landscaper is recovering after being bitten by a rattlesnake in Quail Creek on Sunday. The man was cleaning yard debris in the 700 block of North Pebbles Ridge Drive when he was bitten on the right hand, said L.T. Pratt, Green Valley Fire District spokesman. A GVFD crew took the man to Banner…

Three Hurt

Three people, including two young children, were taken to Banner University Medical Center about 7 p.m. Sunday with non-life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle crash at La Canada Drive and Duval Mine Road, said L.T. Pratt, Green Valley Fire District spokesman.  All three were properly restrained.  The driver of the other vehicle , a male who…

GVFD seeking board replacement

Green Valley Fire District Board Chairwomen Mikel Shilling is resigning effective Nov. 28 and the board is seeking applicants to fill her position. Shilling, who has served on the bard for 12 years, said she would like to spend more time with her family, traveling and on other interests.  Interested parties should send a letter…

Chili Cook-Off Champs!

The Green Valley Firefighters Association held it’s 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser Friday night to raise funds for Adopt-a-Family.  Rural Metro Fire took home first place honors, Green Valley Fire District’s “A” Shift took second place and Valley Dispatch came in third. Held at the Madera Clubhouse in Quail Creek, all proceeds go to the Adopt-A-Family…

FEATURED UPDATED: BP agent on hook for $8.2 million in Sawmill Fire

This story has been updated with more information on the sentencing, in bold. Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey is facing millions of dollars in restitution after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of causing a fire without a permit, 17 months after he admitted to accidentally starting the 47,000-acre Sawmill Fire east of Green…

No Injuries

An Oro Valley couple escaped serious injuries Sunday, evening when their car went into the median while traveling north on Interstate 19 between Canoa and Continental roads in Green Valley.  The 70-year-old man and the 60-year-old woman were wearing seat belts and were protected by airbags, said L.T. Pratt, a Green Valley Fire District spokesman. …

Could have been worse

Two people escaped injuries Sunday afternoon when one vehicle rear-ended another on northbound La Canada near Desert Bell.  Green Valley Fire District Spokesman L.T. Pratt said the drivers, one from Sahuarita, the other from Green Valley, were both wearing their seatbelts.

Buckle Up!

A 24-year-old woman from Rio Rico escaped injuries in a rollover accident around 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The car ran into the median after a tire malfunctioned and rolled just south of Continental Road, according to ADOT.  Green Valley Fire District spokesman L.T. Pratt credited the woman’s seat belt for sparing her from any injuries.

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