Portales students chat with N.Y. firefighter via Skype

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson New York City Fire Department 51st Battalion Chief Michael Borst talks to Lindsey Elementary students Friday afternoon via the Skype video phone service. The students raised $1,400 to help Borst, a first responder during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, undergo a respiratory rehabilitation treatment. By […]

Portales resident named Firefighter of the Year

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Courtesy photo: Janice Culpepper Portales firefighters Steven Cain, left, and Dathan Culpepperbattle a blaze at Dollar General Store last spring. Culpepper was named Paid Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico last Saturday. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Portales firefighter Dathan Culpepper was named Firefighter of the Year in eastern New Mexico. Culpepper […]

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 […]

Melrose firefighter arrested on drug charges

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer A Melrose volunteer firefighter and a female associate were arrested Friday evening by Curry County Sheriff’s investigators for attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine and distribution of marijuana. Harley Swopes, 22, and Jennifer Lane, 35, were arrested by Melrose police and sheriff’s officers following an extensive investigation by the Region V […]

Firefighter remembered for his cooking

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Courtesy photo: Clovis Fire Department Firefighters remember Joe Haseloff, 49, for his smile, kind nature and cooking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Albuquerque firefighter charged with child solicitation

CNJ Staff An Albuquerque Fire Department lieutenant was arrested Saturday in Clovis for child solicitation, according to a Clovis Police Department news release. Glenn Perrin, 41, of Edgewood used the Internet to set up a date in Clovis with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint filed in Curry […]

Fire out

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A Clovis firefighter sprays foam over a truck after it veered and overturned November on Wilhite street.

Cause of Texico barn fire undetermined

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Texico volunteer firefighter J.R. McIntosh and Clovis Firefighter J.D. Hileman work side-by-side around 1 p.m. Monday to douse the inside of a barn on Florence Street in Texico. Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper said the cause of the fire is undetermined. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters put their rescue skills to test

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Firefighter Jarod Baldwin drags Rescue Randy during a competition Thursday between firefighters. Randy, a training dummy, weighs 180 pounds. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Chad Healer ran from challenge to challenge, his teammates chanted his name along with words of encouragement. He climbed a 70-foot ladder, carried […]

Former Clovis firefighter killed in motorcycle accident

CNJ Staff 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 Lt. […]

On the job: Clovis Fire Department

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Firefighter Dustin Oliver demonstrates the correct way to use the pole. The fire station on Mitchell Sreet. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The average Clovis firefighter is 31 years old, male, works 24-hour shifts, makes $25,500 a year and has been on the job between two and 16 years. “Ladder […]

Firefigther’s death stuns department

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Colleagues described 23-year-old Clovis firefighter Aaron Gonzales as a respected co-worker with a great sense of humor. A three-year member of the department, Gonzales was killed early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident just north of Clovis. “Aaron was always happy, always had a smile on his face, and […]

New chief veteran firefighter

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman will be appointed Clovis’ new fire chief on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Westerman, who will take over for Ron Edwards, who after 31 years in the department will retire on Friday. Westerman, who has been with the Clovis Fire Department […]