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Badge 1078: First Responders honor fallen Richardson Police Officer

First Responders honored fallen Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard on U.S. 75 in Richardson on the Central Expressway route between the funeral service in Dallas at the Watermark Church and the graveside in Rowlett, Texas, on Tuesday night. Photo by Brian Bearden

… Along the President George Bush Turnpike going into Rowlett, Texas, northeast of Dallas …

Remember David Sherrard of the Richardson Police Department

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How to avoid burning down the house or garage when frying Thanksgiving Day turkeys

Our local State Farm dude sent us these handy tips for frying a turkey: It’s hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey-or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result.

State Farm reports that turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them.

If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions compiled by State Farm to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that’s 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

State Farm® and actor William Shatner want you to be safe when using turkey fryers this Thanksgiving. Watch our cautionary tale, ‘Eat, Fry, Love’, before you begin.

Frisco Police Chief, Fire Chief up next at Frisco Rotary

Frisco Police Chief John Bruce

Frisco Police Chief John Bruce will be the guest speaker at the Frisco Rotary at noon on Thursday, Sept. 14 for a discussion on sanctuary cities and the impact on Frisco, Texas.

Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland

Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland responds to the Rotary’s call on Oct. 5 for a talk on the Frisco Department.

The Rotary meets in the Winner’s Club at Toyota Stadium at 9200 World Cup Way in Frisco TX 75034.

http://friscorotary.org/

Check out what the Frisco Rotary does, see the schedule and visit a meeting. Can’t go Thursday’s at lunch, stop by the Saturday morning Frisco Rotary Farmers Market nearby on 4th Street. The farmers market runs until 1 p.m. Learn more at FRISCO ROTARY. 

The Rotary has a great way to help when hurricanes hit? Consider sponsoring a ShelterBox. The ShelterBoxes are needed year-round and are immediately deployed somewhere in the world when disaster strikes. Find out more about ShelterBox at the Oct. 12 Frisco Rotary noon meeting.

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First Response Photography close-up look at Lucas TX fire

Artwork by Fire Ground Graphics

First Response Photography has posted images of the fire in Lucas, Texas.

Check out the fire and mutual aid response at FIRST RESPONSE PHOTOGRAPHY

The complete album from the large structure fire in Lucas on Thursday afternoon. Parker Fire Department, Branch Volunteer Fire Dept. Fairview Professional Firefighter’s Association Wylie Fire Rescue

Lightning strike hits Plano home; family of five saved by 14-year-old gamer who smelled smoke

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Lightning has struck a Plano home in Timber Brook tonight around 2 a.m. just east of Jupiter Road west of Cottonwood Creek, south of Chaparral Road and north of Oak Point Park.

A teenage gamer smelled smoke, woke of his mom and dad and two sisters. One of the parents is reported to be a Plano teacher.

Lightning destroyed the roof and other parts of the structure as flames spread around the house.

The fire is reported in the intersection of Bright Star Way and Cloverhaven Way in northeast Plano.

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