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Thousands Celebrate Recovery With Walk Through Old City

September 23rd, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands took to the streets of Old City Philadelphia on Saturday to participate in a walk for recovery.

Those in recovery and their allies participated in the 16th annual PRO-ACTrecovery Walk, many wearing team shirts like the Collegiate Recovery Coalition.

Gabie and Julie are students at Villanova University. They were out to celebrate recovery.

“Being in college and trying to be sober is a really specific endeavor and it’s really hard being a young person and so just being surrounded by people who understand.”

“It’s the people who have been in my life to support me and then me supporting other people who has really been the most vital part of my recovery.”

PRO-ACT is a grassroots organization for people affected by substance use disorders and their family members.

The group says 25,000 people participated in 2016. This year’s number was expected to exceed that.

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Crews Respond To Hazmat Situation In Wilmington

September 23rd, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Emergency crews responded to a hazmat situation Saturday at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware.

Officials say several workers at the facility along the 200 block of Powder Mill Road became exposed to a hazardous chemical.

They were working to determine the amount of exposure to the employees.

DuPont says it’s aware of the incident and is investigating.

Stay with CBS Philly for more on this developing story.

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Philly Police Search For Missing Elderly Woman

September 23rd, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are asking for the public’s help in the search for a missing elderly woman from South Philadelphia.

Authorities say 79-year-old Cecelia Oliver was last seen on the 2800 block of South Randolph Street on Sunday, September 17.

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Cecelia is approximately 5’1″, 120 lbs, small build, brown eyes, medium brown complexion, gray hair, and she was wearing a black shirt and black jeans. She is reported to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Anyone with any information on Cecelia Oliver’s whereabouts is asked to please contact South Detective Division at 215-686-3013 or call 911.

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Firefighters Climb Linc Stairs In Memory Of Those Lost On 9-11

September 23rd, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of firefighters from throughout the Philadelphia region were at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday, climbing stairs in memory of those who died saving lives at the World Trade Center on 9-11.

The inaugural 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is an effort to raise money for families of the injured and fallen heroes.

The twin towers were 110 stories tall. The firefighters at the Linc were walking up and down the bleachers to simulate the climb many of the fallen never finished.

“Their sacrifice had a positive impact on so many other lives,” said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.

Thiel says many other cities have been doing this for years and he felt Philly needed to step up.

“One thing not everybody knows is that the effects of that incident are still unfolding,” he said. “There are still New York City firefighters, police officers, EMS workers who are dying from 9-11 related illnesses.”

Firefighters raising money for families of fallen 9-11 heroes #PHLStairClimb #NeverForget @PhillyFireDept

— Mike Dougherty (@MicDougherty) September 23, 2017

Chris Ciabattone from South Brunswick, New Jersey took the climb in full gear.

“I think it’s going to be a little tough,” he said. “But I think doing it with the camaraderie around us and the emotions that are going through the whole day, I think it’s just going to push everybody through.”

The fire department raised $35,000 and is looking for more.

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‘I Felt Like We Were Going To Die’: Area Residents Escape Devastation In Puerto Rico

September 23rd, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After waiting for hours in an airport that had no power due to Hurricane Maria, those escaping the devastation in Puerto Rico touched down at the Philadelphia International Airport on Friday night.

“I felt like we were going to die,” said Angela Rivera, who landed on one of the first flights from Puerto Rico after the hurricane devastated the island with drenching rains and winds of over 150 miles per hour.

Rivera describes utter destruction on the island. She says she flew to Puerto Rico a week ago for a vacation and spent three days in peace before the storm.

“We were told by the NOAA, there were no storms down in the Caribbean – that was how fast it developed,” she said. “[The hotel manager] evacuated us into a ballroom. The walls were shaking, the chandelier was shaking, the floor was shaking; then they moved us into a stairwell where for eight hours, 20 people were in a room the size of a bathroom and the wind just sounded like a freight train.”

Families Struggling To Make Contact As Puerto Rico Remains Without Power

Rivera praised those in Puerto Rico who helped her and many others to safety in a time of complete chaos.

“Everything is down. They have no power, no water. They have nothing,” she said. “And whatever they had they were willing to share with each and every one of us. They are wonderful people.”

Mayra Soto and her children waited at the Puerto Rico Airport for hours due to a flight delay.

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She says power is down across the entire territory, forcing the airport to verify each person, bag, and ticket by hand.

“We survived something that we never imagined,” Soto said.

And while their feet are on the ground in the Delaware Valley, their hearts remain with their home territory.

“The island, it’s devastating what Maria has done,” said Angie Soroeta, who brought her two daughters from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia on a business trip. “I wasn’t going to leave them there. 100% of the island is without power. Almost no water. We need your help – we need everybody’s help in rebuilding the island.”

In all, there were four flights scheduled between the San Juan airport in Puerto Rico and the Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday, but all of them have been canceled.

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Philly Police Search For Drivers In 2 Separate Hit-And-Run Accidents

September 23rd, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are searching for two hit-and-run drivers that left two people critically injured in separate accidents overnight.

Authorities say around 1 a.m. Saturday a 49-year-old man was struck at the intersection of Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue in North Philadelphia.

The driver fled the scene.

The victim was rushed to Temple Hospital in critical condition with a head injury.

Police describe the vehicle as a dark sedan, possible burgundy in color.


Around the same time, police say a 31-year-old man was crossing the intersection of H and Tioga Streets in the city’s Kensington neighborhood when he was struck by car.

Police say the driver in that crash was in a black vehicle and also took off.

The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition with injuries to his head and chest.



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Crews Battle Multi-Alarm Fire In Bucks County

September 23rd, 2017

TULLYTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Firefighters are battling a fire at a commercial building in Bucks County.

Flames broke out around 7 a.m. Saturday along the 700 block of William Leigh Drive in Tullytown and quickly grew to three alarms.

The building has been evacuated.

Authorities say crews are drafting water out of a nearby lake due to water supply problems.

One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. It wasn’t clear if it was a firefighter or civilian.

There is no immediate word on what sparked the blaze.

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