The Reading Fire Department held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday October 7th at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. Citations are submitted throughout the year by department officers. Three incidents were chosen for this year's event.
B platoon firefighter's Timothy Conti and Kenneth Brooke were assigned to Ladder 3 when they were dispatched for a structure fire with a child trapped. Ladder 3 arrived quickly at the dwelling fire and observed a child at the top floor window. With crews fighting the fire inside the two utilized the aerial ladder to remove the child without incident. Both were awarded commendations for their actions.
D platoon firefighters had their hands full at this second floor fire in the 1700 block of Haak Street on the 1st of the year. As firefighters arrived, they were advised a bedridden man was trapped on the second floor. Working together to make the rescue and control the fire, several firefighters were recognized. 2nd Deputy Chief Rehr, Lt. Michael Brunner, FF Tim Sullivan, FF Steve Ginder, and FF Glen Raudensky received the Medal of Valor. FF Dev Kanaan received a commendation. FF/PM Mark Placek, FF/PM Chris Bixler, FF/PM Josh Schmeck, FF Luke DePledge received unit citations.
Spring Street Subway - 7.28.2017
B platoon Firefighters Jason Licwinko and Lucas Baker were assigned to the 9th & Marion Station during the evening of July 28th. After a strong storm pushed through the area many parts of the city began to flood. Companies were dispatched to the Spring Street Subway during the storm for a vehicle stuck in the water. The pair entered the almost 6' deep water and secured a frightened woman and safely removed her. Both were awarded a Medal of Merit for their actions.