March 11, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK VILLAGE -- The cake almost ruined the surprise when Terry Mencuri won Firefighter of the Year. Mencuri, who has spent almost 20 years with the Burbank Fire Department, was presented the award at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Before the meeting, Mencuri headed for the refrigerator in the kitchen at Station 11 and was stopped by several of his comrades. With weak explanations, they kept him from opening the refrigerator doors because inside was the double-layer white cake with whipped cream frosting announcing Mencuri's award.
December 4, 1999
BURBANK -- One's chances of surviving a heart attack in Burbank are about to get a little beter. Beginning in January, seven Burbank fire engines and trucks will be equipped with a portable device any firefighter can use to help a stricken person's heart start beating before paramedics even arrive, said Battalion Chief Norm Stockton. The machine, known as an automatic external defibrillator, is designed for firefighters who are not trained as paramedics but who are often the first to arrive at an emergency call where someone's heart has stopped, he said.