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City of Tonawanda police announced Tuesday the arrest of a suspect in the theft of a city firefighter's vehicle. Ryan C. Richeal, 32, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Tuesday in the July 29 theft of a 2017 Chevrolet SUV belonging to a City of Tonawanda firefighter. Richeal was pulled over, and a Department of Motor Vehicles check also showed he had a suspended license as …

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The City of Tonawanda Library at 333 Main St. was evacuated at around 1 p.m. Tuesday after an electrical fire was discovered on a utility pole in the library's parking lot. No injuries were reported. National Grid shut off power to the library after the Tonawanda Fire Department found a fire in the main electrical service line to it. Mayor Rick Davis told the Common …

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The City of Tonawanda Firefighters Union urged the City of Tonawanda Common Council to add two new firefighters to avoid mounting overtime costs, which topped $230,000 in 2017 and are expected to go higher in 2018 and 2019. Union President Dennis Angelo and former Union President James Barber met with the Council in a work session on Tuesday. Barber said new firefighter…

The City of Tonawanda Fire Department has been licensed by the state to administer fentanyl to patients, which will be used by paramedics to alleviate pain in severe cases, and midozolam to suppress seizures. Capt. Joshua Lapham announced the new licensing and said new training is necessary to meet the evolving and challenging changes of medical care. Lapham said the…

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Richard "Rick" Oates greets everyone with a smile and a hug and wears his emotions on the sleeve of his uniform as a volunteer firefighter. Oates, who also serves as the City of Tonawanda Fire Department chaplain, was recently honored by the fire department with its distinguished service award for exceptional duty. It's the second time he has been recognized by the depa…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday approved contracts with four volunteer fire companies that help protect the city. The fire companies contracted are Delaware Hose No. 2 and Niagara Hose Company No. 3, both located in 74 Wheeler St., and Union Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and National Hose Company No. 1, both located at 44 William St. The Council agree…