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REFLECTIONS OF A PARADOXICAL MAN

Monday, February 13, 2012  As I sit here on the day of Maker's cremation, I'm reflecting on many memories of the man, both good and bad. Many crossed paths with Maker and I don't believe that anyone can say they weren't affected by the experience.

Maker wasn't the kind of man you met and forgot. Whether you loved him or hated him, you sure as hell aren't going to forget him. He didn't like fence sitters and he brought out the best and worst in people without much effort. He was a rule breaker yet insisted ... [ more ]  

 
 

PAXTONIA CHIEF DICK SHOEMAKER PASSES AWAY

Chief Shoemaker

Chief Shoemaker

Saturday, February 11, 2012  Although I never met Chief Shoemaker I feel as though I might as well have. I started my volunteer career with the Progress Fire Company in 1990 as a JR member and if I heard the name once I heard it a 1,000 times. It was later said or asked when speaking with a member of Paxtonia “I was or were you from the Maker days”

 

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23 YEARS AGO TODAY IN HARRISBURG CITY

"runnin' the line"

"runnin' the line"

Saturday, February 11, 2012  1989-At 2333 hrs. the members of A Platoon were dispatched to a reported working fire at 2562 Lexington Street.  Quickly arriving Wagon 3 and Tower 2 found heavy smoke pushing from an occupied row of three story houses.  A fire that started in second floor middle bedroom of 2562 believed to be unattended food on a hot plate was ripping upward into the third floor and attic spaces.  Heavy truck work was needed to keep fire damage from ... [ more ]  

 
 

JOSEPH VINCENT PATERNO

Sunday, January 22, 2012  Joseph Vincent Paterno

December 21st 1926-January 22nd 2012

 

Head Coach 1966-2011

Regular Season Record 409-136-3

Bowl Record 24-12-1

Winning Seasons 38
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Joe's First National Title Victory

Joe's First National Title Victory

The House that Joe Built

The House that Joe Built

 

 

20 YEARS AGO TODAY STAN LAWSONS PALACE BURNT IN SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP

Saturday, January 21, 2012  1992-  2105 hrs.  3500 Walnut St. Susquehanna Township. Stan Lawson’s Place(formerly the Beachcomber and Progress Hotel) Large three story brick nightclub with apartments on upper floors. Third floor and loft were gutted.  Fire listed as careless use of smoking materials.  First use of the new Progress 95’ Mack Aerialscope.  Tower 1 on second alarm.
 
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LODD IN ADAMS COUNTY, PA

Wednesday, January 18, 2012  Brandon Little a firefighter from the United Hook and Ladder Company in New Oxford died in the line of duty while responding to his firehouse for a reported house fire. Brandon was killed when his personal vehicle he was driving lost control and crashed. The fire was located at 760 Berlin Road in Hamilton Township and was reported as a small fire which was under control.

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Brandon Little (middle) Rest Easy Brother

Brandon Little (middle) Rest Easy
      Brother

 

 

30 YEARS AGO TODAY AIR FLORIDA FLIGHT 90 CRASHED INTO THE POTOMAC

Friday, January 13, 2012  DETAILS

          Waiting departure at Washington National Airport, the Boeing 737 carrying 79 souls was destined for Florida on January 13th 1982. With snow falling and the air temperature at 24 °F, ice began forming on the aircraft. The plane was de-iced with chemical anti-freeze, but still had difficulty moving away from the gate due to the buildup. Eventually making it to the runway, it was forced to wait 45 minutes for clearan... [ more ]  

 

 

MANHEIM FIRE DEPARTMENT IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PA CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF SERVICE

Tuesday, January 10, 2012  On January 9, 1812, the Manheim Fire Department was organized and Articles of Association were formulated. Thus, the first fire company was organized 26 years before Manheim was incorporated as a Borough on April 16, 1838. At this meeting, a small hand engine was purchased from the Union Fire Company of Lancaster, Pa., which in turn had been imported from England in 1754. The inscription "January 9, 1812, Manheim, Pa., Hope No. 1" was placed on this new piece of fire fighting equipment. This ... [ more ]  

 

 

3 YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOST BOSTON LT KEVIN M KELLEY

Monday, January 9, 2012  January 9, 2009 Fire Lieutenant Kevin M.Kelley, 52 Ladder 26
He died from massive injuries he received when the apparatus came down Parker Hill Avenue and smashed into two parked automobiles, a large brick wall and eventually ended up inside a high-rise building. Three other firefighters were injured and miraculously no one else was seriously injured. Cause of the incident was massive brake failure to the 1995 Emergency One 110 foot aerial ladder truck. He had 31 years of service.
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2 ALARMS IN SWATARA TOWNSHIP 15 YEARS AGO TODAY

Tuesday, January 3, 2012    1997- At 0717 hrs. the switchboard at the Dauphin County commcenter lit up with multiple calls for a fire at the Penn State Exposition Company addressed at 2700 Paxton St. Swatara Township. The large 100' x 300' one story block warehouse was actually located some distance from Paxton St. along Interstate 83.  The fire quickly went to the equivalent of a fourth alarm assignment and was completely destroyed in a very spectacular fire.&nbs... [ more ]  

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saturday, December 31, 2011  Happy New Year from the Staff of Central PA Bravest!   

 
 

605 PEOPLE WERE KILLED 108 YEARS AGO TODAY IN CHICAGO THEATER FIRE

Friday, December 30, 2011  DETAILS

         Only weeks old, the massive Iroquois Theater located at 24-28 West Randolph Street in Chicago were entertaining over 2,000 patrons to the musical Mr. Bluebeard. The theater was billed as “absolutely fireproof”, and about to be the site of the deadliest theater fire in American history. Around 1515hrs on December 30th 1903, an arc light short... [ more ]  

 

 

ANOTHER FIRST DUE HOUSE FIRE IN COLONIAL PARK, PA

Thursday, December 29, 2011  Today at 1356 units from Lower Paxton Township were dispatched to box 33-4, 5878 Shope Place for a reported house fire. Chief 33-1 (Coburn) went enroute and reported a column of smoke in the area before he arrived with fire showing from the Alpha and Charlie sides. E-33 (Cosnor) then arrived and stretched a 200' pre-connect and made an aggressive interior attack. E-34 (Fife) arrived and stretched the second line to assist with suppression efforts . Ladder 33 arrived along with ... [ more ]  

 

 

16 YEARS AGO TODAY

Saturday, December 24, 2011  1994- 1552 hrs. 1336-38 Susquehanna St. Three story frame duplex. Arriving companies found heavy smoke issuing from the second floor of 1336. An arson fire set in the second floor of 1336 and that floor was gutted. Firemen made a good knockdown and held it to heat and smoke damage done to the third floor of 1336 with water damage to the first floor. Light smoke damage incurred to 1338. A Platoon. Two alarms.

 

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WE ALL PREACH THIS THING CALLED BROTHERHOOD - THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE!

Fireman Marsh (left) and Rothermel (right)

Fireman Marsh (left) and Rothermel
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Thursday, December 22, 2011  I got to the station at 0530 for my 0700 shift. I quick check of my air pack and into the watch room to do the log book I went. A short time later, Fireman Robbie Marsh of A shift walked in and asked if I “got him” so he could leave. I said “of course” and he replied with “hey, I  know you have kids and would like to be off for Christmas this year. I will work for you and you don’t even have to pay me back”. I was like WOW! Thanks so much brother I appreciate that, but if... [ more ]  

 

 
 
 

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