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Ceremony Honors Local Firefighter
I was honored to participate in a special Memorial Day weekend ceremony to rename a Venango County bridge to honor fire Lieutenant Andrew White who lost his life in the line of duty in 2001.
Together with state Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay, state Representative Lee James, Sugarcreek Mayor Jeff MacKenzie, Sugarcreek Police Chief Matthew Carlson and police Chaplain Reverend Gary Atkinson, we recognized and honored Andy by renaming the State Route 4010 bridge over Sugar Creek in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County, as the “Lieutenant Andrew J. White Memorial Bridge” on Saturday, May 27.
This was truly a fitting ceremony for the Memorial Day weekend, when we remember and honor America’s heroes. This memorial ceremony was for the White family and our entire community. But it was also a tribute to all those who put their lives on the line for us each day.
Act 90 of 2016 was amended prior to final passage to include the language of Senate Bill 1315, a bill I introduced, that renamed the bridge in honor of Andy, a 12-year veteran of the Rocky Grove Fire Department, who died when he was trapped during a January 2001 mobile home fire. He was 27 years old at the time.
We must never forget the dangers that our local responders face when they respond to an emergency and we have a duty to honor the memory of those who make the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day Holiday Crashes Investigated by State Police
Pennsylvania State Troopers investigated 757 traffic crashes, involving 178 injuries and nine fatalities, during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, from May 26 through May 29. Alcohol was a factor in 61 of the crashes, including one fatal collision.
Troopers made 550 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 13,916 speeding citations over the holiday weekend. State Police also cited 1,256 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 198 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
During last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, six people died and 282 others were injured in 839 crashes to which state troopers responded. These statistics cover only those crashes investigated by the State Police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
Oil Region Alliance Photo Contest Now Open
The Oil Region Alliance is accepting photographs for a contest that ends June 15. Categories are “Faces & Places” and “History & Heritage.”
The contest is open to amateurs and professionals and there will be a first and second place winner in each of the two categories. First place will receive a check for $150 and second place will get $75. The rules can be downloaded at www.oilregion.org.
State Offers New Fire and EMS Administrative Leadership Course
The state recently unveiled a new training and education opportunity for Pennsylvania first responders. The Fire and EMS Administrative Officer Course, offered through the State Fire Academy, is intended for those in administrative and leadership roles in the fire and emergency medical services community.
The newly designed course, presented in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, is intended to strengthen the attendees’ knowledge and oversight of running a non-profit fire and EMS organization. Some of the topics covered include business planning, board management, governance and working with the public and elected officials.
New Loan Program Assists Home/Community-Based Services
Applications are now being accepted for a new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) loan program. It’s expected that loans – for startups, reconfiguration, or expansion – will range from $50,000 to $200,000. The Department of Human Services will process loan applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit here for more information on the HCBS loan program or here for the loan application.
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