When it came time for Joe Sherman, fire chief of the Vera Cruz Fire Department, or, more officially, Citizens’ Fire Company of Upper Milford Township, to announce the name of the department’s firefighter of the year at the department’s 75th anniversary recognition banquet Aug. 19, it was no surprise it was a female firefighter that stepped forward.
Emily Fair had gathered years of service with the fire department, but this spring she became the first female in the fire department’s history to complete the Bucks County Community College Firefighter One fire training course.
Homer Royer, senior pastor at the historic Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, along Devonshire Road, in the western portion of Salisbury Township, preached his last sermon and said goodbye to his congregation Aug. 13.
Titling his message “Benediction,” Royer spoke of where he’s been on his life’s journey and where he is headed.
By Aug. 15, he and his wife, Susan, were winging their way to western Germany where their youngest daughter is married to a German national who is studying to be a preacher.
Macungie Ambulance paramedic Andrew Miller was drawn to his profession by “those who came to help me,” as he was growing up, suffering maybe more than his share of cuts and bruises “just being a kid.”
“As I was growing up, I spent a lot of time outside playing with other kids,” Miller said. “Just look at the scars and you’ll see I got banged up a lot. We did not grow up with video games or other electronic diversions. We played outside all the time and it was just a given that cuts and scrapes were inevitable.”
One highway safety officer described long holiday weekends as “particularly busy times on our highways,” and cited the need to remind motorists of the hazards of impaired driving as one of the rationales for the checkpoint set up late evening, Sept. 1, by the Lehigh County DUI Task along Route 100 in Macungie.
About two dozen law enforcement personnel from several Lehigh County municipalities participated in the checkpoint to check for motorists who were driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.
As midnight approached, and one last sweep in the vicinity of the Woodland Terrace at the Oaks facility, 1263 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, failed to turn up any trace of missing resident, Audrey Penn, 78, searchers began to pack up their gear and head home with a sense they had not been able to do what they showed up to do.
Members of the Vera Cruz Fire Department, or, more officially, Citizens’ Fire Company of Upper Milford Township, gathered Aug. 19, at Citizen’s Fire Company #2 social hall, along Pennsylvania Avenue in Emmaus, to honor long-time members at their annual recognition banquet, which this year coincides with the fire company’s 75th anniversary since its founding in 1942.
The banquet began with a U.S. Congressional proclamation presented by Charlie Dent, Rep., U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district, lauding the fire department’s 75 years of community service.
Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion June 8 at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.
Teamwork and cooperation among fire crews from five counties were credited with stopping a million-dollar fire from being even more devastating as flames overnight Jan. 3 into Jan. 4, destroyed a large portion of the shipping and prep area at the Dan Schantz Greenhouse complex along Spinnerstown Road in Lower Milford Township.
A traveling exhibit featuring the names of more than 1,000 victims killed in DUI crashes in Pennsylvania was parked at the entrance to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Dec. 1 to help remind drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation joined with the Pennsylvania DUI Association, the Lehigh Valley Health Network, local police and highway safety partners to honor victims of impaired driving crashes by bringing the DUI moving memorial to the Lehigh Valley.
An estimated 1,000 friends, neighbors and community residents turned out for the Lower Macungie Fire Department’s community day activities recently at the Sauerkraut Lane fire station, adjacent to the Willow Lane Elementary School campus.
“We are very pleased with the number of people who came to enjoy our open house,” Andrew Miller, a firefighter and the event’s lead planner, said. “It has been pretty steady at about a thousand participants for the past several years.”