Island First Responders Kept Busy During Crowded Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July holiday weekend proved a busy time for Island first responders, who responded to several calls, including a fire in a downtown Edgartown restaurant Saturday morning.

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Downtown Edgartown Fire Contained Quickly

Edgartown firefighters swiftly contained an upper-story fire at the Atlantic Restaurant at the foot of Main street Saturday morning. Deputy fire chief Alex Schaeffer was first on the scene along with Edgartown police officer Ryan Ruley.

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Fire Calls, Concerns About Overcrowding Keep EMS Busy

Friday night capped a busy day for public safety officials around the Island. There were two fires and a major beach was closed to off-road vehicles as the Vineyard filled up with cars and people at the outset of the Fourth of July holiday.

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Fire Lieutenant Moves Up in Volunteer Ranks
Olivia Hull

The town of Edgartown has named Andrew Kelly to the position of assistant fire chief. Mr. Kelly will replace former assistant chief Scott Ellis, who announced his retirement this fall after 35 years of service to the volunteer fire department.

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Edgartown Firefighters Show Appreciation with Pancakes
Sydney Bender

A breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage and fruit was "on the fire house" Sunday morning.

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No Major Injuries, Square Rigger Spared in Sunday Morning Accident
Sara Brown

A woman passed out and drove a truck off the road Sunday morning, police said, with the truck stopping just short of hitting the Square Rigger restaurant.

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Fired Up to Answer Call of Community
Sydney Bender

They drive the engines, rescue people, put out fires and know CPR. They have to be prepared for anything — a car under water, a person in cardiac arrest, or a family trapped inside a burning building. Or it could be a false alarm. Meet the Island's call firefighters.

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FEMA Awards Grant to Edgartown Fire Department

The Edgartown fire department has received a grant of more than $475,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will go toward upgrading the current cardiac monitoring equipment for all of the Island emergency medical services. The ambulances will now be supplied with advanced cardiac defibrillator monitors, he said, which will assist in transmitting patients who are having active heart attacks.

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With Edgartown Buffs
Kate J. Conde

Jake Sylvia had the good fortune of making Annie Murphy his bride recently.

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Edgartown Firemen Take Home the Gold
Mark Alan Lovewell

Edgartown firefighters won Sunday’s annual Dukes County Firefighters’ Muster held in Oak Bluffs. Close to 100 firefighters and their friends participated in four competitive events that demonstrated skill and speed.

This is the second year in a row that Edgartown won. All Vineyard towns participated in the muster, and were joined by teams from Carver and Swansea in the muster’s firefighting event.

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