Upper Macungie residents were treated to the arrival of Santa Claus Dec. 21, 2019, by way of Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived via Trexlertown’s “Quint,” aerial truck with multiple capabilities.
As Santa’s arrival was announced beforehand, many stops along the way were filled with excited children and families.
This annual event helps foster good relations between the fire department and the community.
Volunteer firefighters from Woodlawn, Greenawalds, Tri-Clover, Cetronia, Western Salisbury and Egypt, Whitehall Township, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, were dispatched Dec. 19, 2019, to a reported structure fire at the Roma Office Building, 1605 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.
An employee called the 911 center to report smoke coming from a mechanical room.
The 911 center dispatcher told the employee to pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building.
When firefighters arrived, they saw light smoke in the area of the mechanical room.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel were visited Dec. 16, 2019, by a group of happy dogs from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dog group.
Knowing the stress that first responders are subject to, Kim Blichar, director of marketing and public relations with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, invited the group to bring their dogs to the Operations Center on Broadway, South Whitehall Township.
The dogs visited with employees in the finance department, the dispatch center and the crew room where paramedics, emergency medical technicians and paratransit drivers await assignments.
Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall, joined more than 1,600 other groups to honor this nation’s fallen heroes on Dec. 14 with a Wreaths Across America ceremony.
The solemn day began in 1992 when the Worcester Wreath Co., Harrington, Maine, found itself with surplus wreaths at the end of the holiday season.
Despite heavy rain early Dec. 14, Community Fire Company No. 1, Schnecksville, was able to complete Santa’s appointed rounds throughout the fire district.
Santa was located riding on a huge red sled with red lights and sirens while his elves braved rain-swept Route 309 through the village on foot, distributing oranges to residents along the way.
They luckily found their way back to the North Pole or in this case, the fire station with every elf and helper intact.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Cetronia and Greenawalds fire departments were dispatched 1:36 p.m. Nov. 15 for a report of inhalation victims at the St. Luke’s West End Medical Center, South Whitehall Township.
Multiple advanced life support and basic life support units responded from Cetronia Ambulance Corps as well as an engine from both Cetronia and Greenawalds fire departments.
Lehigh County Special Operations John Kalynych responded and was prepared to dispatch the HazMat team, if needed.
South Whitehall Township had its annual tree and bridge lighting ceremony Dec. 7 at Covered Bridge Park.
With entertainment, refreshments and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, visitors were treated to a delightful holiday event.
South Whitehall Parks and Recreation employees installed 45,000 lights as well as two truckloads of snow for Santa’s sled.
The snow, amounting to between 30 to 40 yards, was provided by Blue Mountain Ski Resort, adding to the festive nature of the ceremony.
I.A.F.F. Local 302, Allentown Firefighters gave away carbon monoxide alarms recently at the Hibernia Fire Station, Allentown.
According to Jeremy Warmkessel, president of I.A.F.F. Local 302, providing Allentown residents with carbon monoxide alarms is just as important as having a smoke alarm in a home.
Also held every Friday is a program called “Firehouse Fridays,” during which local children are provided a healthy meal after school.
Firefighters at the Hibernia Station serve the children food prepared by the Allentown YMCA and the Allentown City Health Bureau.
Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong recently joined forces to promote the importance of the 2020 Census for Lehigh County residents.
The presentation was took place on North 7th Street in the city.
With a group of volunteers and Census employees on hand, local residents were informed of the importance of the census, as well as, recruiting employees for the upcoming census.
The Kuhnsville Lions Club recently had its annual chicken barbecue fundraiser at the Jordan United Church of Christ Grove, South Whitehall. Founded in 1917, Lions International’s first mission is to help the visually impaired, but has expanded to include many community projects.
The Kuhnsville Lions use the chicken barbecue dinner sale as one of their prime fundraising events.