Portales students chat with N.Y. firefighter via Skype

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico “Hi, my name is Lindsay,” the girl said looking at the monitor. The man on the monitor smiled and said, “Hi, my daughter’s name is Lindsay.” It wasn’t the first connection, nor the last. Scores of Lindsey Elementary students put a face with a name they’d known for months [...]

Portales firefighter honored

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales firefighter Dathan Culpepper was named Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico. Culpepper was presented the award Saturday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles fireman and law enforcement appreciation awards banquet in Clovis. He said the announcement of his award was a complete surprise. “It’s a good [...]

Services set for Elida chief

Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday while hunting Elk around Ruidoso. According to a news release, a firefighter’s funeral is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elida High School Gymnasium. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was farmer and worked with the youth ministry for a [...]

1-15-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: John Kropp Job: Firefighter/EMS paramedic Time on the Job: Since July 1997 Background: He began as a volunteer firefighter at Floyd in 1996. Q: Describe what your job entails? A: It begins with 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty. “Monday is clean the station day.” Training and more training, Q: What is [...]

It’s their job: Steven Cain

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Name: Steven Cain Job: Firefighter and paramedic at Portales Fire Department Time on the job: Eight years Background: Cain grew up around Portales and graduated from Dora High School. By the time he graduated, he already had his Emergency Medical Services certification and went to work at PFD at age 19. Job description: Firefighting, ambulance [...]

Former Clovis firefighter killed in motorcycle accident

Freedom New Mexico A motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Clovis man Friday near Conchas Dam, according to the New Mexico State Police. William “Bill” Blankenship Jr., 52, of Clovis, was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcyle on State Road 104, at about mile post No. 60 after losing control on a curve, according to [...]

Veteran firefighter retires

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Closing the book on one life chapter and beginning another is in the immediate future for retiring Portales firefighter Darwin Chenault. Gathered in Portales City Hall chambers, members of the Chenault family, the Portales Fire Department and city officials expressed appreciation for Chenault’s 20-plus years of service to the [...]