Stay safe this summer
A Red Cross survey shows that 68 percent of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations. One in every four says he or she has been in a situation where someone needed CPR.
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Practice water safety
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Heat wave safety
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For more information about Red Cross courses, visit www.redcrossphilly.org.
AMBULANCE ... In honor of Sellersville’s 275th Anniversary this year, the News-Herald will be running a historic image showing a piece of the borough’s past each week. This week, we see a 1929 photo of an ambulance used by Grand View Hospital. Bucks County’s first hospital, Grand View Hospital, located in West Rockhill Township, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2013. Ambulances of this era also usually performed double duty. With a quick trade out of the window signage and a removal of the bell, the vehicle would be used as a hearse by the local funeral director, who often served as a driver. Note the ornate leaded glass windows at the back. For more images of Grand View’s storied history, go to www.gvh100.org. To see more historic photos of Sellersville, check out Montgomery Media’s Pinterest account at Pinterest.com/MontgomeryMedia.