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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

NYPD officer who served on 9/11 helps remember anniversary at Coeur d’Alene memorial

In the aftermath of the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11, New York City police Officer George Howley said he drove to Home Depot with firefighters to gather eyewash …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

U.S. to commemorate 9/11 as its aftermath extends and evolves

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on responders.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Gov’t wants a new 911-like number just for suicide hotline

With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

Florida boy calls 911 to order pizza, gets lesson and a pie

A Florida boy who called 911 to report he was hungry and wanted a pizza got a lesson in proper emergency call etiquette, but he also got a pie.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul blocks bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

A Republican senator has blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Despite demands from Spokane City Council, city is relying on new dispatch center

Despite orders from the Spokane City Council to maintain an independent dispatch crew for firefighters, the city is now relying on a new regional system to handle emergency calls.


Funeral scheduled for detective who fought for Sept. 11 fund

A funeral will be held Wednesday for a former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund.


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 12:14 a.m.

Detective who fought for 9/11 compensation funding dies

A former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund has died at age 53. Detective Luis Alvarez’s death …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 3:52 p.m.

Jon Stewart tears into Congress over 9/11 victims fund

Comedian Jon Stewart took members of Congress to task on Tuesday, blasting the House Judiciary Committee for its low attendance at a hearing to discuss reauthorizing the Sept. 11th Victim …


Cop who shot 911 caller sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison

A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 apologized to the woman’s family Friday for “taking the life of a perfect person,” …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

City Council to vote on joining new emergency communications system

Spokane City Council will likely vote to stay out of a new regionwide emergency communications system – a center many of the other fire departments in the region have agreed …


Pilot survives crash into tree in McCall, Idaho

A 79-year-old pilot crash-landed his plane into a tree a few miles east of McCall on Monday night — and a firefighter scaled the 60-foot tree to get him to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Spokane unaffected by nationwide 911 outage; CenturyLink says it’s fixing problem

Federal and Washington state regulators said Friday they have started investigations into a nationwide CenturyLink internet outage that has disrupted 911 service.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 7:02 a.m.

Spokane City Council overrides veto, stalling region-wide 911 integration plan

After outcry from dispatchers and the city’s firefighters union, the Spokane City Council overode the mayor’s veto and blocked a planned regionwide 911 integration which critics say may not improve …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Mayor vetoes council’s ordinance which stopped countywide integration of 911

Spokane Mayor David Condon has vetoed an ordinance that would stop a countywide 911 integration by requiring city dispatchers to only work with city police and firefighters.


Integrated 911 center could go forward without city of Spokane

City of Spokane dispatchers may not be apart of a new region-wide communications center after City Council required its dispatchers to exclusively work with city public safety employees.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Students, some too young to remember, gather at Whitworth University to honor victims of 9/11

Students at Whitworth University gathered to remember the victims of 9/11.


U.S. marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at PA site

Americans looked back on 9/11 Tuesday with tears and somber tributes as President Donald Trump hailed “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as …


U.S. marks 9/11 anniversary; Trump to mark it at Pa. memorial

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims.


New 911 leader hired amid controversy over integrated Spokane emergency communication system

A program to consolidate the region’s emergency communications services drew fresh criticism this month following the hiring of an executive director to oversee the transition.


Spokane City Council steps in to slow push toward combined 911 center

The unanimous panel granted themselves approval authority over any additional steps to combine dispatch duties for emergency responders. The council had previously grilled members of Mayor David Condon’s administration about …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Apple sets up iPhones to relay location for 911 calls

If it lives up to Apple’s promise, the iPhone’s next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency …


Tower at Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary

The final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial is underway and on track to open on the 17th anniversary of plane’s crash into a Pennsylvania field during 9/11. United …


Remaining wreckage of Flight 93 to be buried at Pennsylvania memorial

The remaining wreckage of United Flight 93 will be returned this year to the Pennsylvania memorial marking where it crashed in the 9/11 terror attacks, officials said Friday.


Uber’s 911 ‘panic button’ is now live in its U.S. app

Uber rolled out the 911 capability in its app across the United States, after saying in April the feature was in the works. Riders can find the option in a …


Plan to combine Spokane’s regional 911 call response draws rebuke from police, fire and clerical workers

Combining efforts to dispatch police and firefighters to incidents across the region could speed up response times and free up money in those departments for other efforts, city officials say. …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

He was being followed by a pig and didn’t know what to do. So he called 911.

A pig was taken into police custody after it was accused of stalking a human, who was so perplexed by his four-legged pursuer that he called 911 to report it.


Churches that survived 9/11 give in, install metal detectors

The two stone churches near the foot of Broadway, in the shadow of the World Trade Center, have seen fire and calamity and the sweep of American history, and through …


Movie review: ‘12 Strong’ infuses heart into war, but doesn’t dive too deep

U.S. Special Forces soldiers are supposed to slip into and out of secret missions without making the evening news. “12 Strong” tells just one of those extraordinary stories, fought in …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

911 calls show chaos of Washington state train derailment

Dozens of emergency recordings released Wednesday by South Sound 911 Dispatch provided a vivid account of what happened during the deadly Dec. 18 crash.