A two-alarm fire in a duplex home at 818 Chestnut St., Emmaus, sent three residents and three firefighters to Lehigh Valley Hospital June 3 and caused severe damage to the home.
Every firefighter’s worst fear, a “flashover,” where fire envelops a structure without warning, occurred shortly after firefighters began interior firefighting efforts and necessitated an emergency evacuation of the structure to allow accountability of all firefighters at the scene.
He is a 91-year-old member of “The Greatest Generation” of the American soldiers, who fought to liberate Europe after the invasion at Normandy in June, 1944.
He is soft-spoken, and confined to a wheel chair, using a cane as a pointer, but he made a personal connection with two classes of Emmaus High School seniors in Darlene Kale’s government classes May 12.
More than 50 first responders got to test the practices and procedures required if they were called to an emergency scene that included mass casualties.
They were able to do so without the stress of dealing with victims truly in pain and distress as Scouts and parents from Emmaus and Macungie volunteered to be “victims” in a simulated accident between a bus and a car along Quarry Road in Lower Macungie Township, near the Lower Macungie Community Park.
Western Salisbury Fire Department Chief Joshua Wells praised the efforts of first-on-the scene firefighters from Emmaus, Western Salisbury and Cetronia fire departments for making a “quick stop” to a fire within the walls at the entrance to the Taco Bell fast food restaurant, 3380 Lehigh St., at the South Mall, in Salisbury Township, Jan. 20
Wells said the effort led to a “good save” keeping a smoky fire at the entrance to the restaurant from spreading to the interior of the facility.
Ten area volunteer fire departments added 22 new firefighters to their ranks June 10 when they completed a rigorous six-month training course and received their certificates of completion at a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the fifth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week for the past six months at the Allentown Fire Academy, behind the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station, at 1902 Lehigh St. near the Queen City Airport.
Several dozen students, staff and faculty members at the Penn State, Lehigh Valley Center Valley campus took a stand April 7 to raise awareness of gender issues and sexual violence.
The event featured male students and faculty stepping out in red high heels to "Walk a mile in her shoes" to provide a better appreciation of the problem of sexual violence, particularly toward women, in the school's first-ever high-heeled walk by males around campus.
Many got into the spirit of the occasion to provide light-hearted images in the gender reversal event.
Cameron Clapp stood before a full-house audience at the conference center in the Kasych Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest campus, March 14, gushing with enthusiasm, encouragement and a "you can do anything you put your mind to" spirit.
Western Salisbury and Emmaus firefighters quickly knocked down a potentially dangerous fire in a basement garage storage area before the fire could spread to the upstairs of a two-story dwelling at 95 Chestnut Hill Road early Jan. 29.
The home is owned by Tina Feldi.
Western Salisbury Fire Department Chief Joshua Wells arrived first on the scene to investigate a report to the Lehigh County 911 Center of "smoke in the dwelling."
Motivational speaker Mike Marsteller, of Conshohocken, a 2001 graduate of Emmaus High School, did not mince words in his four presentations to Emmaus High School students over two days, Nov. 17 and 24.
"People are too quick to judge us and we are too quick to judge ourselves," Marsteller said. To face the inevitable hardships of life, "we need to seek a deep understanding of ourselves, and let that be our guide to all our relationships," Marsteller told his audiences.
A new prescription medicine drop box is now in place at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Campus to provide area residents with a safe way to dispose of leftover, outdated or no-longer-needed prescription medicines.
The drop box, located in the hallway leading to the hospital's Health Spectrum Pharmacy in the Jaindl Pavilion, near the hospital's main entrance, provides "a safe and secure location that we feel our patients and area residents will feel comfortable using," Craig Finnerty, director of hospital security services said at the unveiling of the drop box Oct. 9.