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Johns Hopkins Experts on Coronavirus / COVID-19

Closed captioning and downloadable transcripts will be available later today. For more, subscribe on YouTube . COVID-19 is now a global pandemic. Businesses are shuttering, classes are canceled, and financial markets are taking significant hits. This is a critical time for information but also for the support and reassurance that science and evidence can offer.


Here are the highlights and some things we haven’t heard elsewhere…

  • Vaccine – it’s being worked on, but will take at least 12-18 months
  • Reinfection – still don’t know if possible
  • Surfaces – lives on surfaces for up to 24 hours
  • Cleaning products – What if I can’t find them?! Try common household products like bleach (diluted to at least 10%) or 60-70% alcohol (can be diluted to get there)
  • Warm weather – they hope warmer weather will help, but don’t know
  • # cases – Why isn’t it doing down?! More existing cases will be revealed as testing becomes more available; actions take 7-10 days to show up statistically because people already infected may have no/mild symptoms
  • Elective medical procedures: postpone, especially if high-risk
  • Social distancing just means physical – it’s even more important to stay psychologically close to loved ones e.g. with Skype, Facetime

Baby Boy Brought Back to Life

VIDEO UPDATE: In this video on LoHud, Lieutenant Tommy Moriarty vividly describes the crucial minutes where your firefighters revived baby Angelo. Then mom gives a gripping account of her emotional rollercoaster.

VIDEO: LoHud Interview

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – A panicked family came running into the firehouse yesterday after discovering that their baby had stopped breathing. Your firefighters calmly took the unresponsive baby and started performing CPR. And then… the sweetest sound in the world: the baby started crying as he began breathing again!

Great job by Lieutenants Tommy Moriarty and Joe Sinatra, and Firefighters William Colangelo, Peter Cordaro, Vinny Costa, Frank Gagliardo, and Ryan Pascuzzi.

Earlier Coverage

New Rochelle firefighters save baby boy

CLOSE Firefighters at Station 3 revived a boy on Monday night. NEW ROCHELLE – Firefighters revived a baby boy who was unresponsive when his mother rushed him to a New Rochelle firehouse on Monday night, officials said. A woman took her son to Station 3 at 756 North Ave.

Firefighters Revive Baby Boy In New Rochelle

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Firefighters saved the life of a baby boy on Monday night when the child’s mother showed up at Station 3 in New Rochelle, frantically banging on the doors.The woman arrived at the station with her unresponsive…

New Rochelle (NY) Firefighters Save Baby Boy

Firefighters revived a baby boy who was unresponsive when his mother rushed him to a New Rochelle firehouse on Monday night, officials said.

We Saved Bambi!

Photo by Talk of the Sound


“The little fawn was running around down there, panicking. We set up a rope and my crew lowered me down. I held it in my alarms and they pulled me up. Luckily, it seemed uninjured and ran off toward its mother as soon as we put it down.” – Firefighter Greg Rigos.

Thanks to New Rochelle’s Talk of the Sound for the great video/photos!

Small Fawn In Big Trouble: New Rochelle Firefighters Save Baby Deer From Well

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A small fawn was in big trouble Wednesday after falling into a well. New Rochelle firefighters rescued the deer from a 25 foot deep dry well behind a home on Pinebrook Boulevard. Firefighter Greg Rigos went down into the well to tend to the animal, which was crying for its mother.

New Rochelle firefighters save baby Bambi

CLOSE NEW ROCHELLE – New Rochelle firefighters saved baby Bambi Wednesday afternoon. A fawn fell about 25 feet down a dry well on Pine Brook Boulevard. Fire Lt. Joe Oliva said a woman saw a fawn fall off a wall and heard it crying, so firefighters went to work.

Propane, Gasoline Create Movie-Like Fire Scene

Photo by David Raizen

A pool of flaming gasoline spread across the garage floor, gushing out into the driveway. In the backyard, a blowtorch of propane sent firefighters scrambling. A “wall of fire” had engulfed the entire right side of the home. Any one of these could be expected at a fire, but all three combined seemed more like a scene from the movie “Backdraft”.

Just after noon, firehouse speakers across the city crackled with an urgent message: multiple callers reporting a home “fully involved” by fire. Although fierce wind gusts, frigid temperatures, and a near-foot-deep blanket of snow had most people hiding indoors today, your New Rochelle Firefighters raced out into the blizzard.

The address on the city’s northern frontier meant firefighters already hampered by the storm would be even further delayed. Some of the first – and most important – fire crews would likely take 10 to 15 minutes to arrive. Then, a stroke of luck. Usually the nearest firehouse is staffed by only three firefighters. Thankfully, this was not an ordinary day. During storms, more firefighters are sometimes __ to compensate for difficult conditions. Today, an extra fire engine and four firefighters were standing at the ready and arrived within minutes.

27 firefighters battled the fire, as well as the merciless conditions, for almost 4 hours. All occupants got themselves out safely, but several firefighters were injured.

News Coverage

Snow Blower May Have Sparked Terrifying New Rochelle Fire; Investigators Say

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – There were terrifying moments in the middle of the storm on Tuesday, as flames shot from the roof of a Westchester home. As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, investigators believe a snowblower may be to blame. Residents in the New Rochelle neighborhood were weathering the massive snowstorm.

Fire claims New Rochelle home during winter storm

New Rochelle firefighters had their hands full with a house fire during the blizzard. You need the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player to view the video related to this article. Download Now. NEW ROCHELLE – New Rochelle firefighters had their hands full with a house fire during the blizzard.

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Two Firefighters Injured Battling Destructive House Fire in North End of New Rochelle

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Two firefighters were injured early Tuesday afternoon, after a fire destroyed a single-family on Thornbury Road in the far north end of New Rochelle. One firefighter was injured when a ceiling collapsed on him. He was taken to White Plains Hospital. The other was treated on the scene.

We’re on The Today Show

Your New Rochelle firefighters had a blast yesterday morning working with NBC New York on a special Daytona 500 segment. We had a great time with the cast, guest Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his lovely wife Amy Reimann, who were all super nice. Also, we have to give a special thanks to the crew; it was a pleasure working side-by-side with our brothers and sisters of IATSE LOCAL ONE and Nabet-CWA Local 11!

Check out our Facebook photo album of our day on set.

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The New Rochelle Fire Department built a winning car! 2-0 today @todayshow

9,595 Likes, 32 Comments – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@dalejr) on Instagram: “The New Rochelle Fire Department built a winning car! 2-0 today @todayshow”

NewRo firefighters show off soapbox cars on ‘Today’

CLOSE New Rochelle firefighter Rich Bongiorni thought there was a mistake when he received a call from an NBC producer regarding a “Today” show segment that would feature race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. But it was no fluke. Bongiorni – like Earnhardt Jr. – has years of racing experience, though it’s not with motorized vehicles.

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@DaleJr takes a photo with @NewRochelleFire, they built these awesome soap box cars. #NW88JR

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Mighty Good Thanksgiving Parade

More than 25 of your firefighters donned their dress uniforms Saturday and happily spent their day off marching through New Rochelle alongside our on-duty members and fire trucks.

According to Lohud, spectators along North Ave and Main St. numbered in the thousands. The sidewalks certainly seemed packed  in front of Spectators! Taking it to a new level this year, they even brought Mighty Mouse back to his home town after 75 years, along with several other floats.

Mighty Mouse To Soar In The Sky Above New Rochelle’s Thanksgiving Parade

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The Thanksgiving countdown is on, and while millions will watch the giant floats in the city there is another local parade. As CBS2’s Cindy Hsu explained, it’s all about the superheroes. Remember Mighty Mouse?



Two of Our Own Honored for Courage

New Rochelle, NY — Firefighter Kevin Thomas and Lieutenant Brian O’Keefe were each honored for their courage Tuesday with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Firemark Award for Heroism, which “recognizes local firefighters who assisted in a courageous effort without regard for their own personal safety”…

New Rochelle firefighters honored for heroic rescue

NEW ROCHELLE – When a January fire ripped through an apartment with an elderly citizen trapped inside, firefighter Kevin Thomas and Lieutenant Brian O’Keefe made their way through the flames to save the unconscious man. Thomas and O’Keefe were each honored for their courage Tuesday with Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award for Heroism at New Rochelle’s Firehouse Station 1.

All-Night Inferno Kills Woman, Injures Firefighter

“People trapped” – something no firefighter ever wants to hear on their radio. But just before midnight last night, that very message echoed through each of New Rochelle’s firehouses, launching crews into action.

Tragically, one of those trapped did not survive, having been in a room that was already engulfed by fire as firefighters arrived. Luckily, other residents were able to escape by climbing down a tree in the yard, preventing further loss of life.

Throughout the night, firefighters fought their way past intense flames only to be forced back out of the home again and again. Finally, in the early hours of morning, the fire was brought under control. Various collapsed areas, including much of the third floor, made operations inside the home slow and dangerous.

One firefighter was rushed to the hospital and many more were left exhausted and saddened by our lost resident.

New Rochelle FD working a fatal 3rd alarm house fire at 10 Hamilton Ave. July 18, 2016

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News Coverage

Body found after fire destroys home in New Rochelle

A body has been found after a third-alarm fire burned through a large house in New Rochelle overnight. Family members said one person, a woman, has not been located. Firefighters searched the collapsed home on Hamilton Avenue, where heavy flames broke out at around 11:45 p.m.

1 Missing, 2 Injured In New Rochelle Fire

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – One person is missing and two others are hurt after a large fire rips through a home in New Rochelle. The fire broke out on Hamilton Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The flames consumed the house for hours.

Fire Tears Through Westchester Home, Injuring 2: Police

A raging fire burned through a home in Westchester on Sunday night, sending firefighters scrambling to control the blaze, which injured two people, police said. The fire began sometime before 11:40 p.m. at a home on Hamilton Avenue in New Rochelle. The fire was still burning after 3 a.m., police said.

Woman killed in New Rochelle house fire

VIDEO: NEW ROCHELLE FATAL HOUSE FIRE Video: New Rochelle house heavily damaged in fire | 1:03 A devastating fire ripped through a historic New Rochelle home overnight. The blaze began just before midnight on July 17, 2016. Matt Spillane/The Journal News VIDEO: NEW ROCHELLE FATAL HOUSE FIRE VIDEO: New Rochelle house fire | 0:44 Firefighters battle a fire at 10 Hamilton Ave.

New Rochelle fire victim identified

A 55-year-old woman is dead after a fast-moving fire ripped through a New Rochelle home overnight Monday.