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Lehigh County

HEROES 2012: OUR TRIBUTE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING THE VIDEOS OF 2012

December 31, 2012 at 8:51PM

Whitehall, Pa. - This is a music video compilation from emergency scenes that we shot in 2012.

It is dedicated to all the Police, Fire and EMS workers who risk their life in order to save ours.

Going on our 5th year of working along side these professional men and women, we are honored to show everyone the courage that they have.

In tough times like these, towns and cities across America are cutting back on emergency services. We feel it is important to show the world what these workers do on a day by day basis.

Please share this video, post it on your Facebook page and let your town, your friends, your family and the politicians see what hard and dedicated work this is, whether you are a volunteer or a career professional or a friend of an emergency worker - help get the word out how important these services are.

We are looking forward to working with these professionals in 2013. We will bring you better, up-close action from all over the Northeast than we have in the past.

2012 will be hard to beat as we captured 3 rescues. 1 in Whitehall, 1 in South Whitehall and a marine rescue of a mother and her two children from the raging waters of the Lehigh River.

Often these videos are not pretty, but the stories around these scenes can be very heartfelt and compassionate. Their goal is to give you an understanding of the courage and heroism that surrounds the everyday life of these brave men and women who risk their lives for us, with an understanding of how the viewer can learn from someone else’s mistake and therefore make better decisions in his or her own well being.

We want everyone to have a safe and prosperous 2013. Thank you for following us!

Tags:   NewsWorking  


Lehigh County

2ND ALARM: TWO HOMES DESTROYED BY FAST MOVING FIRE IN EMMAUS MONDAY MORNING

December 31, 2012 at 8:57AM

Emmaus, Pa. - At 00:40 Monday morning, Emmaus Station 7 was sent to 502 E. Main Street for a report of a dwelling fire. Two calls reported a porch on fire.

On arrival, command transmitted a working fire for both sides of a duplex fully-involved and struck the 2nd alarm.

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Defensive operations were commenced from the beginning. Companies using deck guns and large hand lines. Ladder 7's pipe was used on the Alpha/Bravo corner.

Tankers were also requested to the scene to compliment the public water system.

Red Cross was notified for both families that were displaced by the fast moving fire.

View the complete photo gallery by clicking here.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County  


Elizabeth, NJ

ELIZABETH, NJ ENGINE 6 DESTROYED BY 2ND ALARM FIRE.  FIREHOUSE SEVERELY DAMAGED.

December 30, 2012 at 12:23PM

ELIZABETH, NJ ENGINE 6 DESTROYED BY 2ND ALARM FIRE.  FIREHOUSE SEVERELY DAMAGED.

Elizabeth, NJ - Engine 6 caught fire inside the firehouse located at 472 Catherine Street just after 2:00 AM Sunday morning.

Engine 6 called dispatch and reported a signal 11 at the quarters of Engine 6 with the rig on fire inside. Engines 1, 3, 8, Ladder 2, 3, Rescue 1 and Deputy 2 responded.

Deputy 2 arrived and transmitted a working fire. Engine 3 stretched a second hand line. The grates on the windows were ordered to be taken off and windows vented on the Bravo side by Rescue 1. Ladder 3 was ordered to the roof to open up. Interior crews reported heavy smoke in the attic.

A foam line was requested to the interior by Engine 3. Engine 7 cleared from Hillside and was requested by Deputy 2 to respond to the fire as the F.A.S.T. company.

As the fire extended into the Attic of the station, command transmitted a second alarm, bringing in 1 Engine and 1 Ladder from Newark.

A heavy duty wrecker was called to pull Engine 6 out of the station. By 2:40 AM, crews were making good progress and had the fire knocked down in the attic.

Within an hour of the original call, the fire was under control.

Click here for ABC 7 Eye Witness News article about the fire.



Lehigh County

TWO TEENS DEAD, TWO INJURED IN HORRIFIC ONE CAR CRASH IN CATASAUQUA

December 29, 2012 at 8:59AM

TWO TEENS DEAD, TWO INJURED IN HORRIFIC ONE CAR CRASH IN CATASAUQUA

Catasauqua, Pa - Catasauqua Police were dispatched to a report of a car crash with unknown injuries on Race Street at Railroad Street around 5:40 AM Saturday morning. On arrival, they found a car into a utility pole with 4 occupants inside and trapped. They requested the Fire Department and EMS to the scene immediately.

Catasauqua Rescue 2 and EMS 75 were dispatched. Cetronia EMS 62 and a Whitehall Rescue company was requested by command. The impact was so severe that the utility pole ended up in the driver's seat. The force of that impact was fatal to the driver, who remained pinned until the tow truck removed the car from the pole.

Another passenger also suffered fatal injuries from the force of the impact. Two other passengers were transported to area hospital's with unknown injuries.

Police say the people killed in the crash are were both 18 and a male and female. Police have identified the occupants of the vehicle: Thomas Bono, 18, of Bath Avenue in Catasauqua and a passenger, Jaenis Delos Santos, 18 also of Bath Avenue were killed in the crash. Two passengers, Aaron Machado, 21, of 22nd Street in Allentown and Paige Esterly, 17, also of Allentown were taken to St. Luke's Bethlehem for treatment of injuries.

With 50+ feet of skid marks prior to impact, speed appeared to play a factor in the accident. Numerous liquor bottles were strewn about the roadway, some empty, some with liquor left in them. Toxicology tests will be done to see if Alcohol played a role in this accident.

View the complete photo gallery by clicking here.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

ARMED HOLD-UP IN SOUTH WHITEHALL JEWELRY STORE STARTED AS A HOME INVASION IN BETHLEHEM

December 28, 2012 at 8:55PM

ARMED HOLD-UP IN SOUTH WHITEHALL JEWELRY STORE STARTED AS A HOME INVASION IN BETHLEHEM

South Whitehall, Pa. -The first 9-1-1 call to Lehigh County was for an armed robbery at the Bixler's Jewelry store at 3900 Hamilton Blvd. The victim inside the store was bound with duct tape and the store robbed.

But the story doesn't end here nor did it start here. The victim and his wife live in the 1900 block of Kenny Drive in Bethlehem. Numerous black men burst into the home and tie up the wife and put a pillow cover over her head. Then they force the husband into the couples green Toyota and drive over to the jewelry store where they tie up the husband and rob the store. One black male remains with the wife back at their residence.

As police gather this information, they send Bethlehem Police to the house to check on the wife. The actor in the home flee's before police arrive.

A Cetronia ambulance was called to the jewelry store to check the victim.

The police are searching for at least 3 black males with black hand guns.

Tags:   Bethlehem City   Lehigh County   Police  


Lehigh County

PASSERBY REPORTS HUMAN BODY BURNING ON CHESTNUT HILL ROAD THURSDAY MORNING, CORONER CALLED TO SCENE

December 27, 2012 at 11:49AM

PASSERBY REPORTS HUMAN BODY BURNING ON CHESTNUT HILL ROAD THURSDAY MORNING, CORONER CALLED TO SCENE

Salisbury Twp., Pa - A passerby called 9-1-1 just before 10:00 AM Thursday morning to report a body on fire on Chestnut Hill Road near the Unami Fish and Game Association.

Lehigh County Western Salisbury Fire 31 and Emmaus EMS 63 responded to the call. The ambulance arrived and reported a body fully-involved and used an extinguisher on the body to preserve evidence.

Fire Police were called in to close Chestnut Hill Road while investigators go over the scene. The District Attorneys Office along with the Coroner responded to the scene.

It is unknown at this time if this scene is a suicide or a homicide. The investigation is in its early stages. Photo of Western Salisbury engine is a file photo from a previous incident.

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Tags:   Fatality   Lehigh County   Police  


Northumberland County

TRAILER HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING IN SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP

December 26, 2012 at 10:56PM

Shamokin Township, Pa. - On December 25, 2012 at 0230 hours the Ralpho Township, Sunbury, Shamokin Fire Departments, Elysburg EMS, and Stonington Fire Company were dispatched to a dwelling fire at 4504 State Route 61 in Shamokin Township. The caller reported his house trailer was on fire and he was evacuating the home.

Elysburg Engine 194 arrived on scene and found a working house trailer fire. The house trailer was half fully involved with fire and spreading to the other end. The engine’s crew advanced to host lines to the trailer to attack the fire.

A dump tank was set up behind Engine 194 and Engine 294 drafted out of it. Engine 294 then pumped water to engine 194 and deployed backup those lines to the fire. Shamokin Rescue 62 provided RIT Team operations throughout the incident.

Firefighters had to attack the fire from outside the house trailer. The additional arriving fire units stage on the highway and sent their crews to the fire scene. The fire was quickly not down in 30 minutes. Firefighters then started to overhaul the rest of the smoldering house trailer. A tanker shuttle was set up to refill the damp tank that was used on the scene. It took firefighters and hour to have the fire under control.

The highway was shut down for two hours until the fire trucks return back to their fire stations.

The home owner was taken to the hospital for a foot injury. The fire chief believes the fire was started by a wood burner in the home. He said it was tragic for the two residents to lose their home to fire on Christmas Day.

Story and pictures by our Coal Region correspondent Stephen Barrett

Tags:   House Fire  


City of Allentown

FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY DARKEN DOWN FIRE AT CONGRESS APARTMENTS ON THE EAST SIDE

December 23, 2012 at 1:25AM

FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY DARKEN DOWN FIRE AT CONGRESS APARTMENTS ON THE EAST SIDE

Allentown, Pa. - Allentown Fire Radio transmitted box 3459 at 1203 AM for 1314 East Woodlawn Street for the apartment fire. Engines 13, 14 and 11 were sent on the box.

Moments later, Engine 9 and Truck 2 became available from a call in center city and responded, cancelling out Engine 11. Police on-scene report a smoke condition from a laundry room on the first floor and start evacuating the building. Battalion 43 clears from the center city run and responds to box 3459.

Engine 13 arrives on the north side of the building and begin searching for the fire. Engine 9 arrives on the south end of the building and report heavy smoke and transmitted the working fire.

Engine 9 stretches one hand line to the first floor and locates the fire. Engine 13 has heavy smoke on the 2nd floor and stretches a line. Engine 14 brings water to supply 9.

Engine 4 is assigned as the F.A.S.T. company. Engine 9 darkens down the fire and starts checking for extension as the other companies conduct the primary search.

Car 43 special-calls an additional engine for fire watch and to help the other companies take up.

Tags:   Allentown    Apartment   


Lehigh County

FIERY CRASH KILLS ONE ON TURNPIKE IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP FRIDAY EVENING

December 21, 2012 at 11:28PM

FIERY CRASH KILLS ONE ON TURNPIKE IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP FRIDAY EVENING

Washington Township, Pa. - Around 7:00 PM, Fire and EMS were sent to I-476 Northbound near mile marker 68.4 between Friedens Road and Main Street for a report of a crash with car fire, a female pinned in one car and explosions. The 9-1-1 Center was receiving multiple phone calls about the accident.

Rescue 2941 (Walnutport) transmitted a working car fire upon arriving. Command reported 4 vehicles involved and confirmed one dead at the scene and requested the Coroner to respond.

Both lanes of the Turnpike were closed while the accident scene was cleaned up and investigated. Traffic was at a standstill for miles. The accident is located south of the tunnel.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Lehigh County   Rescue  


Lehigh County

2ND ALARM TRANSMITTED ON ARRIVAL FOR HOUSE FIRE IN SALISBURY

December 19, 2012 at 12:19AM

2ND ALARM TRANSMITTED ON ARRIVAL FOR HOUSE FIRE IN SALISBURY

Salisbury, Pa. - Lehigh County Fire Radio sent companies 20 and 34 to 1702 Seidersville Road at 18:03 for a dwelling fire. The police respond with 3 cars because the address is flagged.

PD car 204 arrives and reports smoke showing. When the fire officer arrives, 20 command transmits the 2nd Alarm for a working fire in a 3-story duplex, sending Engine 3112, Northampton County Engine 1812, Ladder 3131, 7 (F.A.S.T.) and 6651.

20 command ordered a hand line to the front door. Interior members make a quick knock on the fire located in the front room on the first floor.

Tags:   2nd Alarm   House Fire   Lehigh County