Man rescued by 4 off-duty firefighters after collapsing at baseball game

There were four off-duty Miami-Dade firefighters nearby when Gustavo Pardo collapsed March 25 on the third base line while coaching 8-year-olds.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Kirsten Miller and Lt. Ralph Ollervides Jr. were at the game. So were Dan Johnson, who is a retired Miami-Dade firefighter and Joel Mizelle of Miami Beach Fire Rescue.

The foursome immediately started CPR after determining that Pardo didn’t have a pulse.

Pardo was then taken by a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue unit to a nearby hospital.

He has since been released from the hospital and shows no ill effects of a heart attack, a media release said.

The firefighters were reunited with Pardo at the Cutler Bay Town Center on Wednesday and were recognized for their life-saving efforts by the Town of Cutler Bay.

 

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Man rescued by 4 off-duty firefighters after collapsing at baseball game

There were four off-duty Miami-Dade firefighters nearby when Gustavo Pardo collapsed March 25 on the third base line while coaching 8-year-olds.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Kirsten Miller and Lt. Ralph Ollervides Jr. were at the game. So were Dan Johnson, who is a retired Miami-Dade firefighter and Joel Mizelle of Miami Beach Fire Rescue.

The foursome immediately started CPR after determining that Pardo didn’t have a pulse.

Pardo was then taken by a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue unit to a nearby hospital.

He has since been released from the hospital and shows no ill effects of a heart attack, a media release said.

The firefighters were reunited with Pardo at the Cutler Bay Town Center on Wednesday and were recognized for their life-saving efforts by the Town of Cutler Bay.

 

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Vigil held for Miami man shot, killed in car

Friends and family gathered for a vigil Wednesday night for a 26-year-old man who was found shot to death in a car earlier that day.

Loved ones lit candles for Orlando Miret Jr., who was shot to death while he was inside a black Honda near Southwest 27th Lane near Southwest 37th Avenue.

“He was definitely young, full of life, just a good kid, with his own company doing what he had to do,” Devy Lopez said.

Miret crashed into a pole after he was shot.

During the vigil his friends left some messages on the pole. Some of those messages revealed his nickname, “water boy.”  

“Well, we called him ‘water boy.’ Water boy because he tried out for the baseball team and he didn’t make it, so he ended up giving out water to team members,” Lopez said.

The gunfire woke up the neighbors. 

“The neighbors came out. Everyone was screaming, ‘Somebody’s been shot. Somebody’s been shot,'” Nada Sater said.

The bullets came so close to one neighbor’s home one of them hit his rental car parked right in the driveway. 

Miret’s friends can’t understand why anyone would want to kill him, and they have a message for the shooter. 

“You can run but you cannot hide. Either you come or we’ll find you.” Lopez said. “Justice will be served.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Accuser in Seattle mayor sex abuse lawsuit reveals identity

A man accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him about 30 years ago has revealed his identity.

Under the pseudonym “D.H.,” Delvonn Heckard, 46, filed a lawsuit against Murray earlier this month claiming he was “repeatedly raped” when he was a 15-year-old boy by Murray, who was 32 at the time. Heckard claimed Murray also paid him for sexual acts.

Heckard’s attorney, Lincoln Beauregard, sent a letter to Murray’s attorney this week revealing his client’s full name.

“I can state categorically that I have never had a sexual relationship with this individual Delvonn Heckard, of any kind or at any time,” Murray responded in a statement made through his spokesman Jeff Reading. He added, “I just learned Heckard’s name this morning and can say that his name is not familiar to me.”

The complaint also alleges that Heckard was not the only child abused by the mayor. “On at least one occasion, D.H. was at Mr. Murray’s home when another apparently under aged boy was at the apartment. D.H. was of the understanding that Mr. Murray was having sex with the other boy for money at the same time,” the complaint reads.

Reading said the allegations are completely unfounded.

“These false accusations are intended to damage a prominent elected official who has been a defender of vulnerable populations for decades,” he said.

“It is not a coincidence that this shakedown effort comes within weeks of the campaign filing deadline. These unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false. Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor.”

Reading added that the mayor will “vigorously fight these allegations in court.”

Details of Mayor’s anatomy in dispute

In the complaint, Heckard described Murray’s scrotum as having a “unique mole” in the shape of a “small bump.”

But Murray’s personal physician found “no mole or bump” on Murray’s private anatomy, the mayor’s attorney Robert Sulkin told reporters this month.

A few days later, Murray himself spoke out about the accusations.

“To be on the receiving end of such untrue allegations is very painful for me,” the mayor said. “It is painful for my husband and for those who are close to us. I understand the individual making these allegations is troubled, and that makes me sad as well.”

Previous allegations

The accusations come at a critical time for Murray: He’s on the cusp of a mayoral election in Seattle. But this isn’t the first time allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced during a crucial point in his political career.

In 2008, while Murray was promoting his marriage equality campaign, The Seattle Times reported that two men accused Murray of “molesting and raping” them in the ’80s and tried to start a smear campaign with media organizations.

Sulkin said the accusers in the 2008 allegations “were aligned with a virulent anti-gay organization” and that the claims were “found to be false by law enforcement.”

Why now?

The allegations are from events that took place more than 30 years ago, so why come up with these accusations now? According to the complaint, Heckard felt empowered to move forward with the allegations against Murray because of the recent death of his father. He hopes to attain “accountability” from Murray who in his eyes, “maintains a position of authority” and ultimately “give courage for other potential victims to come forward and speak out.”

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China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

China may be getting fed up with continued nuclear bluster from long-time ally North Korea and tilting toward the United States.

A day after North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister said Pyongyang would test missiles weekly and use nuclear weapons if threatened, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Beijing was “gravely concerned” about North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile activities.

In the same press conference, spokesman Lu Kang praised recent US statements on the North Korean issue.

“American officials did make some positive and constructive remarks… such as using whatever peaceful means possible to resolve the (Korean) Peninsula nuclear issue. This represents a general direction that we believe is correct and should be adhered to,” Lu said.

That direction was not evident from North Korean leadership, as state-run TV highlighted a propaganda video showing missile strikes leaving the US in flames.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol ratcheted up the rhetoric in an interview with the BBC.

“If the United States is reckless enough to use military means, it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Han said.

Statements of that vein do not help the situation, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman.

“China firmly opposes any words or actions that would escalate rivalry and tension,” Lu said.

President Donald Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, suggesting that doing so could ease US-China relations over trade and other issues.

Experts point out that China also wants to prevent North Korea from becoming a full-fledged nuclear power — and certainly wants to prevent a war on its southern border that could send millions of refugees flooding into China and potentially risk bringing a US military presence to China’s borders.

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