Carzwell appointed to board of commissioners
ABINGTON » The Abington Board of Commissioners has a new member.
In the wake of commissioner Tom Hecker’s Aug. 15 resignation, Jessica Carzwell of Ward 10 was welcomed to her newly appointed chair with the board at its Sept. 13 meeting.
“Thank you for the warm welcome,” Carzwell said. “I’m honored to be here. As this is the first time I’ve done something of this nature, I’ve got a long learning curve ahead of me. I look forward to working with every one of the commissioners of Abington.”
In other matters, Abington’s board of commissioners took time to honor the life-saving efforts of two township residents.
According to officials, a young female attending a June pool party was unable to come up for air during a game being played in the water. Matthew McHugh, the lifeguard on duty, was able to retrieve the child and quickly initiate CPR efforts.
A 911 call was made, and Michael Sabia, a neighbor and a volunteer with the Abington Fire Department, was a first responder. Sabia arrived on the scene and immediately began assisting with the resuscitation, officials said.
“The word ‘hero’ gets thrown around a lot, but these two individuals are heroes,” Commissioner John Spiegelman said. “They saved a child’s life, and for that they deserve our commendations.”
McHugh is an Abington Senior High School student, officials said.
“Your presence of mind under the pressure of extraordinary circumstances saved a life. You are what makes Abington proud,” Spiegelman said. “On behalf of a grateful township, thank you.”
In other business, the board passed a motion which will oppose a request by Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. to increase its water rates as of Oct. 16.
“We’re sending a very simple message to Aqua,” Spiegelman said. “If you’re going to raise our rates, you need to address the PFOS and PFOA contaminants in our water. It’s as simple as that. Those households who are able to afford in-home water filtration systems should be the exception, not the rule.”
Commissioner Jimmy DiPlacido pointed out that the resolution was crafted in conjunction with Springfield, Upper Dublin and Cheltenham townships.
“Thank you for the effort in putting this together,” DiPlacido said.