Londonderry Firefighter Organization Releases Second Newsletter

The Professional Firefighters of Londonderry have released the second issue of the Londonderry Ladder Pipe News, a newsletter dedicated to providing information on the latest happenings with Londonderry’s Fire Department. The newsletter features information on upcoming and ongoing fundraisers, approaching events, service and emergency calls in and around Londonderry, staff recognitions and much more.

September’s newsletter includes information about Operation Warm, a fundraiser currently underway that provides winter coats to children in need; images and information about the recent emergency drill at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; “Equipment Corner”, which highlights and explains a piece of equipment used by the fire department; a list of recent employee achievements; and information on some of the biggest in-town and mutual aid calls.

In addition to the newsletter, the Professional Firefighters of Londonderry has a Facebook page that is used for upcoming events, fundraisers, and other announcements.

Londonderry Ladder Pipe News is available online through the Professional Firefighters of Londonderry website and on their Facebook page.


Londonderry Police Issue Warning About Mass Mailing from Home Serve USA

The Londonderry Police would like to make the citizens of Londonderry aware of a mass mailing that recently went out from a company identifying themselves as Home Serve USA. The purpose of the letter that the company has mailed is to make homeowners aware of their exterior water service line and insurance available for it through them.

Home Serve USA purports that a portion of the service line is not covered by most home owners insurance and could result in extensive cost to the home owner should the service line need repair. The company is not a public service or utility, but rather a private company. The letter can be misleading and may appear to be from a public service. A search of the Better Business Bureau has shown that Home Serve USA has had 314 complaints against them, 98 of which were due to “advertising sales issues.” Also, the Better Business Bureau has reached “an assurance of discontinuance” with the company in Massachusetts.

A report from the Better Business Bureau states that they are unsure of the insurance coverage regarding the service line. If anyone is concerned, you are urged to contact your home owners insurance prior to making any payment to any company offering insurance for the exterior water service line. Also, online research and reading the “fine print” is always a good way to ensure you are engaging in business with a reputable company.


Londonderry Battalion Fire Chief Arrested for Harrassment

A correction has been made to the title.  It was not the Londonderry Fire Chief but a Battalion Chief.  A Londonderry Battalion chief was arrested for harassment this past week. Union Leader correspondent April Guilment covered this story and an excerpt from the story is published below with permission from the Union Leader.

Battalion fire chief placed on administrative leave following arrest

Union Leader Correspondent

LONDONDERRY — The battalion chief for the Londonderry Fire Department has been placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest earlier this week. Police said Douglas Cardwell made at least 60 harassing phone calls to his girlfriend’s former husband.

Cardwell, an employee of the local fire department for nearly 30 years, is expected to remain on leave “pending further investigation,” Fire Chief Darren O’Brien said on Thursday.

The 48-year-old was arrested on a warrant at his home on Tuesday afternoon and was charged with four counts of harassment.

To read the rest of the story please click here to go to the Union Leader website.


New Software Connects Educators and Police in Londonderry

New software launched this past Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in all six of Londonderry public schools as well as fourteen Londonderry Police cruisers. The software, called CopSync911, creates a direct line of communications between educators and first responders. NECN covers the complete story in the video below.


Top Ten Fall Favorites in Londonderry!

With the arrival of fall, the weather may begin to cool but Londonderry begins to heat up! While there’s not much time before the cold takes over, there’s still plenty to do and many people to do it with! Here’s our favorite top ten things to do here in Londonderry during the fall. But hurry, some will be gone before you know it!

1. Pick a pumpkin. Visit one of Londonderry’s four farms to find the biggest, orangest, fanciest, or funniest pumpkin you can imagine. Take it home, carve it, paint it, bake it, roast the seeds, or display it as is, the choice is yours!

2. Traverse a trail. With miles of trails in Londonderry, fall is one of the most beautiful times to hike, bike, walk or run. Surrounded by the ever-changing leaves, take a moment to enjoy the view and crisp, fall air. Trail locations include the Musquash Conservation Area, Kendall Pond, and Adams Pond.

3. Have a haunted time. Each year, the Londonderry High School Drama Club hosts the Haunted Woods, a ghoulish time for all ages. Typically held at the high school ropes courts for three nights the week before Halloween, the Haunted Woods is a perfect chance to dress in costume and get the “willies”.

4. Appreciate the arts. The Londonderry Arts Council hosts their fall Art in Action at numerous locations during early November. Watch as artists sculpt, paint, sketch, and more during this semi-annual event.

5. Maneuver a maze. Get lost in a dozen-plus acre corn maze at Elwood Orchards. Blind alleys, dead ends and endless loops will keep you guessing for hours with family and friends. Come during the day or grab a flashlight and hit the maze at night during the month of October!

6. Pluck a peck. With acres upon acres of apple trees, four Londonderry farms are the perfect place to grab your favorite apples. Snack while you pick and take home a peck or two; there’s nothing better than apple pie, caramel apples, and other delicious treats made from locally grown apples!

7. Bat, bounce, or boot a ball. From soccer and basketball, to baseball and football, there’s a number of fall ball activities going on in Londonderry! Whether you join a rec team or grab a group of friends, Londonderry has plenty of fields and courts to play on.

8. Frolic through the foliage. Londonderry is home to one of the area’s best scenic byways. Called Apple Way by locals, the drive takes visitors past apple orchards, fields, historic landmarks, old farmhouses, and more. And what a fantastic time to take the drive, when the leaves have changed their brilliant colors and the farms are alive with the hustle and bustle of fall.

9. Trick or Treat with the terrifying. Held each year, RE/MAX 1st Choice hosts their Trick or Treat on Main Street. This wonderful event allows little ones looking for some extra or safer trick or treating times to visit local businesses and gather treats.

10. Study fire safety. Each October, the Londonderry Fire Department Central Station invites children and adults of all ages to attend the Fire Station Open House. The event provides opportunity to learn more about fire safety, experience a “smoke room”, shoot a real fire hose, and meet firemen.


Stolen Vehicle Crashes After Chase

At approximately 2209 hours, September 2, 2014, Tr. Jack DeJesus of New Hampshire State Police Troop B Barracks attempted to stop a motor vehicle on Interstate 93 South in the Town of Salem at the Massachusetts State Line.  This vehicle had just been put out in a broadcast as a stolen vehicle and that the operator had just fled authorities in the City of Manchester.

The vehicle is identified as a:

1994 Honda Accord

Color: Blue

Bearing a Massachusetts Registration

Tr. DeJesus activated his emergency lights as the vehicle crossed the Massachusetts State Line.  The operator pulled over into the breakdown lane for a brief moment and then took off on Tr. DeJesus.

Tr. DeJesus pursued the stolen vehicle south on Interstate 93, East onto Route 213 and then onto Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen where the vehicle crashed into a utility pole in the area of Oak Street at which time the vehicle split in half.

Upon crashing the male driver and female passenger immediately fled on foot.

Officers from the Methuen Massachusetts Police Department as well as Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police immediately responded to the area and assisted with the pursuit.

The driver ran into a nearby McDonalds Restaurant where he was apprehended.  He was identified as Tommy M. Rogers 29, of Manchester, New Hampshire

The female passenger was located within the McDonalds property as well.  She was identified, interviewed and was then released without charges.

Methuen Police arrested Rogers for being a Fugitive From Justice.

Rogers was held and will be arraigned in the Lawrence Massachusetts District Court on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 0800 hours on charges of Fugitive from Justice and a Felony level Receiving Stolen Property.

Neither Rogers nor the female passenger sustained any injuries from the crash.

The vehicle was destroyed and had to be removed by two tow trucks. A utility pole was also damaged as a result of the crash.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Tr. DeJesus at Troop B in Bedford at 603-666-3333.