Bethlehem firefighters responded to 5,000 calls and did thousands of inspections last year.
press photos by dana grubbThe Bethlehem Fire Department’s Honor Guard stands at attention at the beginning of the memorial service.
Fire Chief Warren Achey presents a certificate of recognition to Andrea Blumstein, general manager at the Social Still. Achey acknowledged the Social Still’s donations, which allow the department to purchase much needed equipment.
Fire Chief Warren Achey presents a certificate of recognition to Peter Brown, executive director of the Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter of the American Red cross, which provides support for the installation of smoke detectors in Bethlehem homes.
Firefighter Mike Kercsmar taps three times on the bell, signifying the last call for firefighters Louis Chuck, Charles Krenos and Alfred DiClemente.
Mayor Robert Donchez and IAFF Local 735 president Bryan Bokan pause to remember fallen firefighters after placing the wreath.
Members of the Liberty HS Grenadier Band perform “Amazing Grace” and Taps to close the service.
Firefighters remembered, honored
Bethlehem firefighters, city officials and other elected officials paused to honor departed firefighters and recognize Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9 at Fire Company No. 1 - Schweder Fire Station. “Thank you for your courage and devotion,” said Mayor Robert Donchez as three firefighters who passed during the last year were remembered.
Fire Chief Warren Achey presented certificates of recognition to representatives from the Social Still and American Red Cross for their support. Northampton County executive Lamont McClure attended to present Achey with a proclamation. A floral wreath was placed in front of the station, ‘last call’ rung for the departed, and “Amazing Grace” and “Taps” performed by members of the Liberty HS Grenadier Band.