Friday, May 24 2013 9:35 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:35:10 GMT
According to Biloxi police, a gun went off inside the downtown Biloxi Waffle House early Friday morning. The bullet shattered one of the restaurant's windows. Moments later, the gun's owner was takenMore >>
According to Biloxi police, a gun went off inside the downtown Biloxi Waffle House early Friday morning. The bullet shattered one of the restaurant's windows. Moments later, the gun's owner was taken to jail. Police say Sam Edward Yu is charged with attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 21-year-old is from Montgomery, Alabama.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:16 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:16:06 GMT
Throughout the weekend there are several locales on the Gulf Coast offering plenty in honor of Memorial Day. 12th Annual St. Ann's Catfish Festival The Lizana Community's very own St. Ann's CatholicMore >>
Throughout the weekend there are several locales on the Gulf Coast offering plenty in honor of Memorial Day.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
We had a Facebook post that ultimately deals with your safety. The post said volunteer fire departments have a major battle on their hands. Some of those departments just don't have enough volunteers to fight fires. And that could put your property and your life at risk.
Chad Dillingham works full time as a mechanic at AMR. He's also an umpire and football coach. But it's his 21 years with the Lizana Volunteer Fire Department that he said he's most proud of.
"I started as an explorer at a young age with a friend of mine on a dare that I couldn't do it and I kind of got into it. Fell in love with it and been doing it ever since," volunteer firefighter Dillingham said.
Dillingham has seen his share of disasters. But the thrill and his service to the community keeps him going.
He said that same thrill doesn't seem to drive the younger generation.
"We have to get their attention at a young age. Show them what it's about. Get them interested. Get them trained. And some of them have got the heart to do it and love it. And for the protection of the life and property of the community, but some of them just kind of like want to fight fires and some just want to do medical," Dillingham said.
Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said a number of factors are behind the decline of volunteers.
"The economy the way it is, we have a challenge to keep people in the area because they have to move to get jobs or to do better jobs. Their company may move them there's all kind of reasons that for one reason or another that they leave," Sullivan said.
High gas prices can also take a toll on volunteers, who have to respond to the station in their personal vehicles. With volunteer firefighters also holding full time jobs, it can be difficult to find the time to get proper training.
Having fewer volunteer firefighters can also affect how much you pay in insurance. As the fire rating in your community is upgraded, so is the cost for fire protection.
If the call goes out and nobody responds, it could be their life. It could be their mom's life. An aunt's life, a loved one's life or even their property," Dillingham said.
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