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Minor injuries after vehicle crosses interstate median

Two people received minor injuries Friday morning after the vehicle they were in crossed the median and both lanes of oncoming traffic before coming to a stop on the shoulder of Interstate 19. The Green Valley Fire District responded near the Duval Mine Road exit around 8:30 for the vehicle, which had been driving southbound…

A Grand Send-Off

She was roasted, she was toasted, then she was set free.  Katie Sayre, Community Service Chief for the Green Valley Fire District, was sent into retirement Friday evening in a ceremony and celebration at the Quail Creek ballroom.  Chief Chuck Wunder, was among many honoring her service.   The evening included a look back on…

Local agencies learn to improve public safety at conference

Emergency first responders in Pima County are heading in the right direction. That was just one of the lessons Sheriff’s Lt. Eric Johnson and Green Valley Fire District Operations Chief Joey Kosiorowski learned at a recent National Homeland Security Conference. About 1,200 first-responders and government leaders from across the United States gathered in Buffalo, N.Y.,…

Bad fire season calls for this experienced GVFD firefighter

Over the past two months, L.T. Pratt has spent 36 nights in a two-person tent — and it wasn’t because he wanted to enjoy the great outdoors. Pratt is on an elite team of first-responders called into service when there is an especially bad event, whether a wildland fire, natural disaster or even a terrorist…

Car leaves interstate after driver falls asleep

A man is uninjured after his vehicle left the road on Interstate 19 early Wednesday morning. The Green Valley Fire District responded to the interstate around Duval Mine Road shortly after 5 a.m. and found the car’s sole occupant standing next to the vehicle. The 50-year-old man told firefighters he had fallen asleep at the…

Green Valley couple injured in bee attack

A Green Valley couple was swarmed with bees this morning while watering rose bushes in their yard. The attack occurred just after 7 a.m. Tuesday on North Camino de Suerte, north of Esperanza Boulevard and west of La Canada Drive, according to the Green Valley Fire District. The man, 79, was stung more than 70…

GVFD quickly knocks down trailer fire

The Green Valley Fire District quickly knocked down a fire in a landscaping trailer Thursday morning. The vehicle pulling the trailer was filling up with gas at the Chevron Station off Continental Road when workers noticed smoke coming from the trailer. They pulled the trailer to the middle of the parking lot and disconnected it….

Four injured in three-vehicle crash on I-19

Several people were injured in a three-vehicle accident on northbound Interstate 19 north of Canoa Road Thursday afternoon. Four people, two of them juveniles, were taken to a Tucson hospital with non-life threatening injuries. All were using seat belts, according to the Green Valley Fire District. The crash left a white van on its side….

GVFD personnel, equipment sent to wildfires

The Green Valley Fire District has sent personnel and equipment to tackle a wildfire near Sonoita and another in New Mexico. Three firefighters and a fire engine have been dispatched to help combat the Encino Fire, which grew from 300 acres to 1,300 between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Firefighters will try and contain the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.    

Rain!!!

  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…

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…

Pena Fire

Crews stopped the spread of a 400-acre wildfire burning south of Pena Blanca Lake, but work remains on the suppression effort Tuesday.  The Pena Fire was first reported about 2:45 p.m. Monday in a remote area of the Pajarito Mountains, about eight miles west of Nogales.  Eighty people were assigned to fight the blaze, including…

Shed, small trailer burned in blaze near Sahuarita

A brush fire east of Sahuarita swept onto a residential property Saturday afternoon, destroying a shed and small trailer. A Rural/Metro Fire official said the call came in at 12:37 p.m. and crews arrived to find a two-acre blaze in the 2300 block of East Sahuarita Road, across the road from Grace Church of Sahuarita….

RIDE OF SILENCE: Cycling advocate turns tragedy into outreach

David Waechter found his calling on a cycling charity ride in the Verde Valley north of Phoenix in 2014. Waechter, a retired engineer, was participating in the 86-mile MS150, a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was with his 16-year-old daughter, Nina, and longtime family friend Lynn Hartline. They were biking near Cornville…

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