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Upper Milford fire stations celebrate 75th anniversary

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Firefighters from the Vera Cruz and Old Zionsvillle fire stations Oct. 14 celebrated the 75th anniversary of their founding in 1942 with an open house at the Upper Milford Township Building, 5671 Chestnut St., Zionsville. The open house gave visitors a chance to see the Upper Milford Township fire protection equipment, meet firefighters, watch demonstrations and play games.

Lower Macungie Fire Department holds community day

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Firefighters from the Lower Macungie Fire Department’s Wescosville and Brandywine fire stations hosted an open house Oct. 14 at the department’s Brandywine Station, 6229 Sauerkraut Lane, next to the Willow Lane Elementary School.

Firefighter open house organizer Andrew Miller said the turnout was the “best ever” for the department’s annual open house held in conjunction with national Fire Prevention week.

The open house featured displays of fire equipment, demonstrations, games and face painting for youngsters, demonstrations of rescue equipment, food and souvenirs.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by JIM MARSH in School

Salisbury firefighters take annual fire prevention safety message to schools

Firefighters from Eastern and Western Salisbury fire departments were in Salisbury Township schools recently impressing their annual Fire Prevention Week safety message on the community’s young citizens.

In some cases the message is being delivered to the second and third generation of Salisbury youngsters as firefighters take off from work, or other everyday affairs, to make sure elementary school students in the school district hear the basics of home fire safety.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by JIM MARSH in School

Salisbury firefighters take annual fire prevention safety message to schools

Firefighters from Eastern and Western Salisbury fire departments were in Salisbury Township schools last week impressing their annual Fire Prevention Week safety message on the community’s young citizens.

In some cases the message is being delivered to the second and third generation of Salisbury youngsters as firefighters take off from work, or other everyday affairs, to make sure elementary school students in the school district hear the basics of home fire safety.

FIRST RESPONDER PROFILE

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Determination drives Vera Cruz firefighter

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 retires as senior pastor at Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

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.

FIRST RESPONDER PROFILE

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Macungie Ambulance paramedic remembers those who helped him

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.”

Lehigh County DUI Task Force conducts Macungie checkpoint

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

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.

Massive search effort made to locate missing woman

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

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.

VERA CRUZ fire DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Longtime members recognized at 75th anniversary banquet

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.