Plymouth firefighters honored by township

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Pat O'Hara, Plymouth Fire Co. 1, accepts recognitions on behalf of Edward Garbacz Jr, Frank Heleniak, as well as Plymouth Fire Co. No. 1 from the Plymouth Township Council (from left) Lenore Bruno, Christopher Manero, David Gannon and Karen Bramblett. (Image submitted)

The Plymouth Township Council recognized numerous members of its volunteer fire companies, including two men celebrating 50 years of service.

As a testament to the hard work that Plymouth Fire Co. No. 1 and Harmonville Fire Co. No. 1 volunteers undertake every day to keep its residents safe, many were battling a blaze in Whitemarsh Township and missed Monday night’s Plymouth Township Council meeting recognition and plaque presentations.

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Plymouth Fire Co. No. 1 members Edward Garbacz Jr. and Frank Heleniak were each recognized for 50 years of service.

As he read the resolution honoring Garbacz, Councilman David Gannon acknowledged how hard of a job firefighting is, particularly because of the various training and certifications required.

“It’s truly amazing when you reach 50 years of service,” he said.

Councilwoman Lenore Bruno echoed Gannon’s sentiments in reading the resolution for Heleniak.

“I commend both gentlemen for your service,” Bruno said. Thank you.”

In addition to honoring Garbacz and Heleniak, the Council provided commendations to 23 volunteer firefighters from Harmonville Fire Co. No. 1 and Plymouth Fire Co. No. 1 for taking time out of their busy schedules to stay up-to-date on safety precautions, training and certifications.

Councilwoman Karen Bramblett applauded firefighters’ efforts to “keep themselves well-informed, well-prepared and well-experienced to meet any kind of emergency that comes up.”

Plymouth Fire Co. No. 1, which has served the township since 1906, was awarded certificates of recognition for training and completion of state and national certifications for members Chuck Gallagher, Jake Gum, Steve Karwoski, Adam Lloyd, Truman Means, John Paplitskas, Dave Luthy, Daniel Smith, Erik DeLapp, Mark O’Neill, Andrew McIntyre, and Jon Drozd.

Harmonville Fire Co. No. 1, which has served the township since 1924, was awarded certificates of recognition for training and completion of state and national certifications for members Justin Coogan, Aaron Voegtli, Andrew Phipps, Kyle Blundin, Michael Coogan, Daniel Staufenberg, Aaron Grewe, Geatano Carlomagno, David McGuigan, Joe Picard and Michael Olszewski.

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