Schuylkill River kayak trip planned for June 24

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS - From Rep. David Maloney’s of­fice

Bring your boat and pad­dle with us down this calm and scenic sec­tion of the Schuylkill River, start­ing by the Leesport Post Of­fice, down the river to Epler’s Land­ing. Par­tic­i­pants can bring their own kayak or re­serve one through Blue Marsh Out­doors, 610-4885540, www.blue­marshout­doors.com. The trip is for peo­ple with pad­dling ex­pe­ri­ence, and is lim­ited to 20 peo­ple. ACA event in­sur­ance is rec­om­mended. Pro­gram pre­sented by a part­ner­ship with Blue Marsh Out­doors, Town­ship of Spring Parks and Recre­ation, and Berks County Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired to 610374-2944 by June 18. The Leesport USPS is lo­cated at 4 East Wall St., Leesport, ac­ces­si­ble from Route 61.

This pro­gram is pre­sented by the Berks County Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 610-3742944, visit www.coun­ty­of­berks.com/parks or find us on Face­book un­der Berks County Parks and Recre­ation.

The Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted 175-0 in fa­vor of leg­is­la­tion des­ig­nat­ing Sept. 27 of each year as “First Re­spon­ders Day” in Penn­syl­va­nia, Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) an­nounced.

The mea­sure, House Bill 760, is be­ing spon­sored by Maloney be­cause he is a strong be­liever in vol­un­teerism and a com­mu­nity of neigh­bors who look out for each other. The vast ma­jor­ity of Penn­syl­va­ni­ans de­pend on vol­un­teers for fire pro­tec­tion and EMS ser­vices – 97 per­cent of all fire ser­vices in Penn­syl­va­nia are staffed by vol­un­teers.

“So far, a few states and some cities have cre­ated such a day, but Congress has not acted,” Maloney said. “In Penn­syl­va­nia, we have of­fered a res­o­lu­tion each year to honor them, but I strongly feel we should have a per­ma­nent day set aside for them. I also want to give spe­cial thanks to the House Vet­er­ans and Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Com­mit­tee chair­man, Rep. Steve Bar­rar (R-Ch­ester/Delaware), for help­ing me get the bill moved to the full House for con­sid­er­a­tion. Steve is a Navy vet­eran and he un­der­stands ser­vice and sac­ri­fice.”

Ap­prox­i­mately 150,000 first re­spon­ders per­form th­ese cru­cial ser­vices in this Com­mon­wealth; and 30,000 sworn po­lice of­fi­cers pro­tect lives and prop­erty, de­tect and pre­vent crimes and up­hold the law and en­sure jus­tice.

“They make real per­sonal sac­ri­fices to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties,” Maloney said. “The point is that, like our armed forces, thou­sands of first re­spon­ders have made the ultimate sac­ri­fice.”

Ac­cord­ing to FEMA and EMS1.com, 38 fire­fight­ers have been killed in the line of duty in 2018 and seven EMTs/firefighter-paramedics have been killed. The Of­fi­cer Down Me­mo­rial Page is up to 60 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers killed in the line of duty in 2018.

“Jus­tice Louis Bran­deis once said, ‘The only ti­tle in our democ­racy su­pe­rior to that of Pres­i­dent is the ti­tle of cit­i­zen,’” Maloney said. “Th­ese men and women are what I call our ultimate cit­i­zens. It isn’t too much to ask to set aside a day of honor and re­mem­brance for all of them.”

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