Town­ship swears in new vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan Gen­ova

CHEL­TENHAM >> Dis­trict Judge Christo­pher Cer­ski con­ducted the swear­ing-in of 10 new vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers dur­ing the Oct. 17 board of com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing.

Of­fi­cials said each of the re­cip­i­ents have com­pleted a Fire 1 class, which re­quires more than 200 hours of train­ing.

“It’s so im­por­tant that we rec­og­nize the vol­un­teers that we’re so fortunate to have in our com­mu­nity,” board Pres­i­dent Daniel Nor­ris said. “They con­trib­ute so much to the town­ship. Our taxes — which aren’t the low­est to be­gin with — would be much higher if we didn’t have round-the-clock vol­un­teers. They are com­mit­ted to helping and serv­ing the com­mu­nity, and we thank you for that.”

In other busi­ness, the Friends of the Chel­tenham Town­ship Li­braries were com­mended in honor of Na­tional Friends of Li­braries Week. Present to re­ceive the award were My­ron Gold­man of the Elkins Park Li­brary, along­side rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the La Mott and Glen­side li­braries.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, friends of the li­brary groups are en­tirely vol­un­teer-driven or­ga­ni­za­tions

and serve to en­hance com­mu­nity ac­cess to print and elec­tronic ma­te­ri­als.

“With­out the friends groups, the li­braries wouldn’t be as strong as they are now,” Nor­ris said. “You’ve helped us move from good to great. Like so many of our vol­un­teers, you do great work, and you save money for the com­mu­nity. You help con­trol our ex­penses.”

“Thank you, com­mis­sion­ers, for the recog­ni­tion,” Gold­man said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — CHEL­TENHAM TOWN­SHIP

The Chel­tenham Town­ship com­mis­sion­ers wel­come the town­ship’s new­est fire­fight­ers at their Oct. 17 meet­ing. Pic­tured are, seat from left: Joseph Stan­ley, TJ Sylla, Steevens Verneus, Than­den­jani Whayo and Michael Zalot; mid­dle row from left: Dis­trict Judge Christo­pher J. Cer­ski, Justis Turner, Ed­ward Lan­nutti, Com­mis­sioner Ann L. Rap­poport, Ri­ley Czech, Com­mis­sioner Brad M. Pran­ski and Com­mis­sioner Drew Sharkey; back row from left: Com­mis­sioner Baron B. Hol­land, Com­mis­sioner Daniel B. Nor­ris, Fire Mar­shal Joseph W. O’Neill, Com­mis­sioner Mitchell Zyg­mund-Felt and Com­mis­sioner Irv Brock­ing­ton.

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