Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.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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