Many fire and EMS companies attended the funeral service for Gregory A. Bretzman, former Firefighter and Fire Chief of The Mount Holly Springs Fire Co. and former Fire Chief of Dickinson Township, Saturday.
Hundreds walked through the gymnasium area of the St. Patrick Church in Carlisle to pay their respects to the members of the Bretzman Family, which has a long history of volunteer fire service.
Bretzman gained his firefighter angel wings on Tuesday, June 23, after a five-year battle with cancer, at age 58.
Fellow Cumberland County firefighter Stanley Andrew Horn wrote on Facebook, “Today I laid my brother to rest. One of the finest men to ever become a Fire Chief in Cumberland County. Greg Bretzman, you gave your life in dedication to the fire service of the county, not only as a chief, but a leader in training of younger firefighters of our future. My brother, take your place in Heaven’s Station for those you have led and trained have it from here on.”
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Delaware County first responders are mourning the loss of one of their own, another local fatality of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association announced the death of life member William “Brad” Blackman, 56, from complications of COVID-19, likely contracted from his work as a paramedic.
During his 37 years as a firefighter-EMT at Swarthmore, Blackman held numerous ranks including ambulance captain. Blackman was instrumental in the company’s initial purchase of an ambulance and development of its EMS program.
Blackman worked at a number of ambulance and paramedic units across the county, including at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Riddle Hospital. His most recent posting was with American Medical Response, where he recently received a commendation for helping save a man’s life.
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Eighteen fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in Westmoreland County will receive personal protective equipment through funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
All told, the FEMA grant or nearly $875,000, coordinated by the Nanty Glo Fire Department in Cambria County, will provide protective gear to 67 first-response agencies in 14 counties in Central and Western Pennsylvania.
With the rise in demand during the covid-19 pandemic, prices have nearly doubled for some of the protective equipment, which is needed to safely treat and transport emergency victims who might be infected with the coronavirus.
The program will pair the FEMA grant, announced Tuesday, with local matching funds to buy thousands of N-95 and surgical masks, face shields, foot covers, medical gowns, hazardous materials coveralls and nitrile examination gloves.
A church in Harrisburg is still standing after a fire started in its basement on Tuesday.
The blaze started around 6:40 p.m. at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church at the corner of 17th and State streets.
Firefighters said they had to face challenges like wide open spaces, thick walls and ceilings and even had to cut out some of the pews to get to the fire.
Back-up crews were called to help battle the fire due to the heat and humidity. Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said firefighters’ quick arrival and the aid from neighboring departments made all the difference.
“Typically, when you see a church on fire — anywhere — it ends up being a significant event. Because of the work these guys did here tonight, it saved the church. They will be able to repair it,” Chief Enterline said.
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Firefighters have gotten control of a brush fire on Neversink Mountain.
The fire was reported shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Klapperthal Junction in Cumru Township. Officials said they later determined that the fire was actually burning on land in Lower Alsace Township.
Several brush units were called to assist. Some of the firefighters accessed the scene from the trail off South Ninth Street on Reading's side of the mountain; others got there from the Forest Hills cemetery in Exeter Township.
For a time, smoke was visible from Interstate 176, which meets the West Shore Bypass at the base of the mountain.
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A 32-year-old Allentown man died early Tuesday after the tractor-trailer truck he was driving crashed off an Interstate 78 bridge in Lehigh County, flipped and landed on its roof below next to New Smithville Road, authorities report.
Eddy Joel Surinach was pronounced dead about an hour after the 3:24 a.m. wreck in Weisenberg Township, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office said. An autopsy determined Surinach died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries and his death was ruled an accident, the coroner’s office said.
The bobtail Freightliner was heading west, Pennsylvania State Police said, and the crash happened at mile-marker 44.2.
Troopers and the coroner’s office were assisted by the township fire department, Upper Macungie Township firefighters, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Yocum Towing, police said.
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