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On Bullying and Slut-Shaming In EMS

The suicide of Fairfax County, VA firefighter/paramedic Nicole Mittendorf has brought to light an ugly, hidden truth in public safety: boorish, even abusive behavior toward women is still alive and well in the firehouses and ambulance stations. A story by Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder of Firefighter Close Calls details some of the filth and innuendo...

A Group of Determined Turtles Struggle to Maintain Their Balance on a Slippery Log in a Murky Pond

5 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

While touring through Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County, Virginia, visitor Nancy Hwa captured the amusing sight of four turtles who were struggling to maintain their balance on a slippery log after a fifth one tried to join them. The four turtles had been peacefully sunning themselves amidst the very murky “Turtle Pond” before […]

Late Night Creepster Open Thread: Dude, You Text Your Mother With That Device?

Context, from Petula Dvorak at the Washington Post: … Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff, 31, killed herself in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the state medical examiner concluded. But even after the search for her was over, her body was identified and memorial candles began to burn, the cyberbullies — who claimed they were her fellow […]

Fairfax officials adopt plan to increase homeowner taxes by an average of $304

The 2017 county budget will add $88.4 million to the county’s struggling school system

Virginia firefighter’s suicide possibly instigated by colleagues’ online bullying

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Officials in Fairfax County, Virginia are investigating whether there is a connection between a 31-year-old firefighter’s suicide and online bullying that may have been committed by colleagues, WUSA-TV reported. “If there is any nexus with any type of bullying — which I have zero...

Fire chief says he has 'zero tolerance' for bullying

Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers said he has "zero tolerance" for bullying after online postings raise questions about whether firefighter Nicole Mittendorff was bullied before her death. Mittendorf's body was found in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park last week.

Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death in Fairfax County

Officers were called to a home on Bedford Terrace in the Alexandria section of the county.

Virginia Firefighter May Have Been Bullied Online Before Suicide, Called Sl And Ugly On Forums Before Death

The Fairfax County Fire Department says they are investigating reports that 31-year-old female firefighter Nicole Mittendorff was bullied before her death. The department received information about anonymous users calling Mittendorff and other female firefighters names on a web forum called Fairfax Underground. Show More Summary

Two bear sightings reported in Fairfax County

It is not immediately clear if it is the same bear, according to police with Fairfax County.

Body thought to be missing firefighter discovered in park

last weekNews : NY Daily News

Nicole Mittendorff was last seen on April 13, but did not show up for work with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Fairfax County man cited after bringing loaded handgun to Dulles checkpoint

The man was an Annandale, Va., resident, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.

What we know about the disappearance of Va. firefighter Nicole Mittendorff

Fairfax County, Va., firefighter Nicole Mittendorff vanished April 15, and a major search effort has turned up nothing. Here’s what’s known about her disappearance.

Search for missing Fairfax County firefighter enters sixth day

Police say physical and digital evidence has allowed them to focus their search in Shenandoah National Park.

Va. man was autistic and could not speak. He struggled with police and died.

Paul Gianelos had wandered away from his caretakers at a picnic. Fairfax County police found him, but for some reason he became combative and had to be subdued.

Missing firefighter's station holds vigil as search continues

Rescue teams have been scouring Shenandoah National Park days after Nicole Mittendorff, 31, was reported missing. Her fire station in Fairfax County, Va., held a prayer vigil as family and friends hold out hope for her safe return.

Man dies after struggle with Fairfax County police officers

The incident occurred Wednesday after police were called to a park for a report of a “critical missing man.”

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