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Just after 9:00 AM, Lehigh County 9-1-1 dispatched Coplay Station 5, Whitehall Dive Team and Northampton Borough Dive Team with boats to the Lehigh River just north of the Cement Kilns in Coplay for a swift water rescue.
Once located, it was determined that the man was D.O.A. and the operation quickly switched from a rescue to a body recovery. Northampton used their boat ramp to launch their boat to gain access to the victim.
Whitehall Police Department and the Coroners office is investigating the death.
Whitehall Engine 2, Medic 62 and Police were sent to MacArthur Road Northbound next to Sears at 14:45 for an injury accident involving a motorcycle.
A motorcycle traveling northbound struck two cars as the traffic was slowing for a traffic signal at Mickley Road. The impact threw the cyclist about 40 feet down the highway and severely damaged the back-end of a car.
The cyclist was not wearing a helmet as reported to NewsWorking. Medic 62 rushed the victim to the trauma center at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest.
Police closed MacArthur Road North at Grape Street while they investigated. The talked to numerous witnesses at the scene. The roadway was still shut down at the time of this writing.
At 20:30 Wednesday evening, Lehigh County Radio transmitted a Whitehall box for 2007 North First Avenue on a report of smoke from the building sending Engines 2, 12, 1, Truck 6, Rescue 8 and a Deputy Chief under the command of Chief Benner.
Deputy Chief Shambo arrived and reported smoke from the south side of a two-story mixed use building. The first due engine stretched a hand line for a small fire under the aluminum siding.
Command special-called 2 additional engine companies above the 1st alarm for additional manpower. Engines 3 and 13 responded. Engine 3 was ordered to stand-by a hydrant North First Avenue and Union St.
PPL utilities was notified to respond because they were on location earlier in the day doing work on the building.
Crews remained on the scene until 21:45 hours. The fire is under investigation.
During the Whitehall Fire Department's open house at the Whitehall Fire Training grounds Saturday afternoon, Whitehall Firefighter's honored Fire Chief Robert L. Benner in re-naming the facility to Robert L. Benner Fire Training Facility.
Chief Benner joined the Whitehall Fire Department in 1967. He was promoted to Fire Marshal in 1976. After Chief William Balliet retired, Benner was promoted to Chief of Department in 1986. Today, he is still the Fire Chief, committing 48 years of his life to the residence of Whitehall Township.
The firefighters presented Benner with a new sign that will be installed at the entrance to the facility. Chief Benner said he had no idea the Township planned in re-naming the facility. It was a total surprise.
Mayor Ed Hozza gave a speech and commended Benner for his many years of service and dedication he has for fire prevention education making Whitehall a safer place to live. Hozza said Benner is his favorite department head. His daughter Barbara was on hand to give a teary eyed speech about her father.
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At 15:45 Saturday afternoon, 3 stations from Whitehall were sent to 105 Franklin Street in the Fullerton Section for a dwelling fire.
Chief of Department Robert Benner arrived and reported nothing showing. He was looking at the houses on the opposite side of the street and noticed everyone pointing to the antique business on the other side. He noticed smoke from the side of the 2-story commercial building that has apartments on the top floor. He signaled to the responding units that smoke was showing.
Engine 2 (LC 3712) arrived and stretched a dry hand line for a small fire behind the front wall where the electrical panel box was burning. A water can was used to extinguish the fire. A booster line was then deployed to the exterior to water down the wall. Engine 3 (LC 3831) backed into the parking lot to the front of the building and positioned their ladder.
Engine 12 (LC 3711) positioned at a hydrant but was ordered by the chief not to lay in. Chief 16 (LC 3501) special-called Egypt station for one engine for the lack of an engine response from the Fullerton's station.
A total of 5 engines and the rescue were on location for this fire. There was minor damage to the exterior of the building.
At 04:06 Wednesday morning, Whitehall Rescue companies and an Engine from Egypt along with EMS 62 were dispatched to Route 145 and Chestnut Street for an auto extrication.
Police went on scene and requested fire and EMS to expedite due to the nature of the accident. A large dump truck hit a pick-up truck and there's major damage to both vehicles.
Assistant Chief B. Monahan was the first fire officer on scene and recalled Fullerton's Rescue. The driver of the pick-up truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
Route 145 was ordered shut down in both directions from Rt. 329 to Columbia Street and Chestnut Street was shut down from Ruch to Church Street. The road's remained closed for much of the morning as the investigation continued.
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