July 1, 2015 |
FRANK VEGA'S life was a mess. A serious heroin addict, drug peddler, jail bird, suicidal. In other words, a hopeless case, like so many in the dreary inner-city neighborhoods that harbor society's dregs. But something happened to Frank Vega while he was serving a 19-month sentence on drug charges in Holmesburg Prison. He had a dream. He saw broken people, like him, going into buildings and coming out restored. He believed it was a message from God, telling him he'd better do something for the people in his community, the ones he had for so long simply exploited for his own selfish gain.
June 14, 2015 |
Charles P. Steckel Jr., 84, of Broomall, a teacher and longtime vice principal at the former Monsignor Bonner High School, died Monday, June 8, of cardiac arrest at St. Martha's Manor in Downingtown. Mr. Steckel, a resident of Broomall for more than 35 years, was known for his kindness, generosity, and dry sense of humor. Born and reared in Allentown, the oldest of 12 children, Mr. Steckel told wonderful stories about growing up in such a large family. He worked for Western Electric Co. for two years after graduation from Allentown Central Catholic High School.
June 13, 2015 |
One of the most mind-blowing musicians of all time, jazz great Ornette Coleman, 85, died of cardiac arrest Thursday in New York. From the beginning, Mr. Coleman was an energetic innovator intent on moving the music forward. The saxophonist, who was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and played early on with Pee Wee Crayton's band - Crayton is famously supposed to have paid him "not to play" - and a Silas Green From New Orleans tent show, started off his solo career in 1958, leading a band that featured trumpeter Don Cherry on the appropriately titled Something Else!
May 8, 2015 |
UP UNTIL EARLY Tuesday morning, I had looked at Ernie Johnson as the geeky guy on TNT who did an absolutely terrific job keeping Charles, Kenny and Shaq under control. In a span of less than 24 hours, my respect for Johnson reached a level that I cannot comprehend. At 2 a.m. on Tuesday, I watched an episode of ESPN's E:60 in which Johnson was featured. So I watched, and cried. Since becoming the face of Turner Sports in 1990, Johnson has faced some major dilemmas. There was cancer in 2006, which he beat; there was the death of his father in 2011, which he still beats himself up for not being there when Dad died; and then there was Michael.
May 7, 2015 |
RACERS HAVE plenty to focus on during a 10-mile run. How to keep a man's heart beating and lungs pumping isn't usually one of them. But that's exactly what a group of about 12 health-care workers competing in the Broad Street Run went through on Sunday when one of their own collapsed right in front of them. Thanks to their efforts, that 31-year-old man is alive today. After seeing their colleague off in an ambulance, those lifesavers all went on to finish the race. "People stopped out of the kindness of their hearts as soon as he went down," said Kristen, a physician's assistant who didn't want her last name published.
May 6, 2015 |
AS 40,000 RUNNERS barreled down Broad Street, four law-enforcement officials were in a race of their own. The prize was more than a medal and bragging rights - it was a man's life. FBI Special Agents Erik Negron, Tom Powell and Brian Hoffman, as well as Philadelphia Police Officer Matthew Fleming, took action Sunday morning during the Broad Street Run, working together to revive a 35-year-old man, one of two runners who had gone into cardiac arrest, authorities said last night. It happened in a split-second, according to Special Agent J.J. Klaver, an FBI spokesman.
May 4, 2015 |
A "DEPRAVED HEART. " Who knew the quaint-sounding phrase - it sounds pulled from a Bronte novel - was an actual legal term? But Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby used it yesterday to describe the second-degree murder charge brought against one of the officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. allegedly acted with a "depraved heart" when he recklessly drove the van that transported Gray, who was not secured with a seatbelt, to the police station after a bogus arrest.
April 27, 2015 |
Allison MacMath had no medical training. But on a cold morning in February, when a man beside her at the dog park suddenly collapsed to the snow, she remembered a simple tip: When giving CPR, skip mouth-to-mouth, and pump to the beat of an aptly named Bee Gees song. As she leaned against his chest, she said, she sang in her head, but out loud at the hook, "Stayin' alive. Stayin' alive," willing him to hear her. The man's wife comforted him with her own words. "Mostly, 'I love you, Frank, I love you,' " MacMath remembered Saturday, turning to Frank Norris, the man whose life she helped save.
December 4, 2014 |
Eugene V. Alessandroni II, 77, of Chestnut Hill, a career prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, of cardiac arrest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Alessandroni, known as "Gene," was the son of Walter E. and Ethel Alessandroni. His father, then state attorney general, had received the Republican Party's endorsement for lieutenant governor. He, his wife, and two others were headed to a campaign appearance on May 8, 1966, when their twin-engine plane crashed near Somerset, leaving no survivors.
October 24, 2014 |
Ambulances and two helicopters were dispatched to the fire at the home of Cooper University Health System's chief executive and his wife during a significant attempt to save the couple last month, according to a dispatch log released to The Inquirer on Wednesday. John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, were unresponsive when pulled Sept. 28 from the second-story master bedroom in the home in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township, Somerset County, N.J. As medics tried to revive both, rescue teams continued searching for another victim, possibly a son who also lived there.