Generational firefighters often anchor local stations in Pennsylvania

  • Source: The Daily Item
  • Published: 12/21/2021 12:00 AM

Firefighting is in the blood of the Fanella family, stretching back four generations in Mount Carmel Township. Robert B. Fanella died at age 88 in 2014. His son Robert "Bob" Joseph Fanella, 63, his grandson Robert "Bobby" James Fanella, 40, and his great-grandson Ethan Robert Fanella, 19, are volunteer firefighters for the Atlas Fire Company and Natalie Fire Company in Mount Carmel Township. "It makes me proud," said Bob Fanella about his son and grandson becoming firefighters. Bob Fanella doesn't do any interior work anymore due to health reasons, but he said he is proud to see his son and grandson working together and entering buildings as father and son. The late Fanella was the first firefighter in the family. When he returned home from World War II, he joined the fire company and helped build the current building in the 1970s.


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