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On Monday, October 25th, members from Local 1803 visited the offices of Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks. Local 1803 raised money this year through the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts....
Friday, October 22nd, 2021
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Please consider purchasing 2021 Reading Fire Department Toy Drive apparel to help us get toys for local kids in need this Christmas. We appreciate you helping us in this great cause! Link posted below...
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Hired on February 1st of 1995, Judd Weber began his firefighting career on the C-Platoon where he was assigned as a jumper after graduating the fire academy. Firefighter Weber remained a jumper on C-s...
Friday, July 23rd, 2021
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Congratulations to the 2021 recruit class on their graduation of the fire academy. The recruit class has finished 6 months of strenuous training led by Lieutenant Batz and now will be assigned to stre...
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Firefighter Loses Battle With Cancer
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

It is with great sadness and regret we report the passing of

Firefighter James "Corky" Lerch Jr.

Corky lost a battle with cancer only after a few short months surrounded by his family and friends. Jim served as a volunteer firefighter with the Neversink Fire Company in Reading before being hired in June of 2001. After completing fire training he was assigned to the D platoon as a jumper. In February of 2002, FF Lerch was assigned to Engine 5. Jim would move to the A platoon in May 2010, when he took an assignment on Engine 1. In December of 2015, Jim transferred to the B platoon on Engine 3. In 2018, after working a few years on the B platoon, Lerch switched to the C platoon on the engine.

Jimmy Lerch Photo Gallery

Obituary

Funeral Procession

Service arrangments are as follows:

Monday, November 2nd, 1300 hours

Fire Department procession moving FF Lerch from Reading Hospital "G" building to the Edward Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading. The procession will move at 13:00 hours and is slated to travel north on 5th Avenue to the traffic circle and then west on Reading Avenue to 8th Avenue and then south to the funeral home. Any other agencies requesting to stage along the route to pay their respects should contact Deputy Chief Ronald Banks for further information (610-655-5589). FF Lerch will be taken into the funeral home with full honors before a private service will be held for family members.

Saturday, November 7th, 1900 hours

A celebration of life service will be held at the Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading. Calling hours will be from 1600 to 1900 before the service officially begins at 1900.

Kuhn Funeral Home - 739 Penn Avenue, West Reading

Please keep the Lerch Family in your thoughts and prayers. A fundraising page for the family has been started at the following page.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1662454773935448/

Firefighter Loses Battle With Cancer
Photo by Nik Knauer
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On Monday, October 25th, members from Local 1803 visited the offices of Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks. Local 1803 raised money this year through the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts. The Local was able to raise $1352.40 which will be used by BCSSB to make care bags and fund other f...
Friday, October 22nd, 2021
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Please consider purchasing 2021 Reading Fire Department Toy Drive apparel to help us get toys for local kids in need this Christmas. We appreciate you helping us in this great cause! Link posted below..https://stores.weikelsportswear.com/reading_fire_toy_drive_2021
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Hired on February 1st of 1995, Judd Weber began his firefighting career on the C-Platoon where he was assigned as a jumper after graduating the fire academy. Firefighter Weber remained a jumper on C-shift for 9 years until he was awarded the bid as Engine 3 crewman on C-shift.
Friday, July 23rd, 2021
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Congratulations to the 2021 recruit class on their graduation of the fire academy. The recruit class has finished 6 months of strenuous training led by Lieutenant Batz and now will be assigned to street rotation for 3 months.
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Congratulations to Firefighter Donny Marks on his retirement after 36 years of service to the City of Reading. Donny started as a volunteer firefighter in Reading on March 3rd of 1985, and was hired by the city on April 18th, 1994.
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Congratulations to FF/EMT Brad Shanaman for being crowned ShredFest Champion 2021. Brad lost 28.2 pounds/10.2% of his starting body over the course of 60 days. Our Local 1803 Health and Wellness Committee holds this annual weight loss competition to encourage our firefighters and officers to stay in...
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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When our well used GMI (gas measurement instrument) started to give us problems, we reached out to UGI to learn about purchasing a new one through them. UGI bought a brand new one and then generously donated it to us.
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It is with great sadness and regret we report the passing of Firefighter Mark "Dewey" Kulp. Dewey was hospitalized after contracting Covid-19 on the job, and after multiple days in the hospital he succumbed to complications from the disease.
Sunday, December 20th, 2020
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Our condolences to the family of Retired Firefighter Paul "Gumshoe" LerchFirefighter Lerch was hired in October of 1967 as a driver for the Hampden Fire Company. Lerch, who gained the nickname "Gumshoe" or "Shoes", would eventually be assigned to work on Ambulance 96 in...
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Reading Firefighters once again came to help our neighbors during our annual charity toy-drive campaign. With the pandemic of 2020 causing great difficulties for families across the country, many aspects of life have been disrupted.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
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ORDER#NameCurrent PositionNew PositionEffective Date2020-41Michael SninskyMedic 4 "A" PlatoonActing EMS Deputy Chief11.23.20202020-42Jason Batz Ladder 3 Tiller "D" PlatoonTraining Lieutenant12.1.2020
Friday, November 27th, 2020
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Congratulations to Firefighter Jason "Spike" Batz on his promotion to Training LieutenantJason was hired by the city on June 18th of 2001. After completing fire training, Batz was assigned as a jumper firefighter on the B platoon.
Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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Congratulations to Paramedic Michael Sninsky on his promotion to Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services. Mike was hired in February of 2006 and assigned to Medic 2 on the B platoon. Sninsky would spend seven years on Medic 2 before transferring to Medic 1 in 2013.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
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Firefighters recently delivered 285 lbs of food to the Helping Harvest Food Bank of Berks County. Helping Harvest works to feed the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need. Helping Harvest collects, purchases, stores, and distributes over seven million pounds of food annually to ...
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
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ORDER#NameCurrent PositionNew PositionEffective Date2020-36Wade VanbuskirkJumper "B" PlatoonEngine 3 Driver "B" Platoon10.13.20202020-38Corbin KeiserJumper "C" PlatoonLadder 3 Driver "C" Platoon10.19.20202020-40Lt.
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
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Congratulations to Lieutenant Stuart Bansner on his promotion to 1st Deputy Chief on the "D" Platoon. Chief Bansner was hired on February 1st of 1995. After completing the fire academy, he was assigned to the "A" platoon as a jumper firefighter.
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
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It is with great sadness and regret we report the passing of Firefighter James "Corky" Lerch Jr. Corky lost a battle with cancer only after a few short months surrounded by his family and friends.
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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On the evening of October 27th, the A platoon was treated to a home-cooked dinner in appreciation for the services we provide. The dinner was prepared by Ken and Ruth Biles along with their daughter Kimberly Bolles.
Monday, October 26th, 2020
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Deputy Chiefs James Stoudt and Thomas Rehr recently traveled to Hamburg New York to inspect two Emergency One Typhoon Pumpers. The new apparatus features a 1500 GPM pump, 500-gallon water tank, shortened wheelbase, and lowered hose bed.
Sunday, October 25th, 2020
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Please keep Firefighter James Lerch Jr. and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he battles a serious illness. We wish him a speedy recovery!

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