January 5, 2001 |
For 15 years, volunteer firefighter Chris Russell has battled blazes and helped fire victims recover after their losses. Yesterday, Russell, his wife and three children lost everything when fire swept through the Fairless Hills ranch home they had been renting. The 7:41 a.m. blaze was blamed on a clothes dryer in the rear room of the first floor, Falls Fire Marshal Ed Copper said. "Just what occurred, we don't know yet. But it definitely was caused by the dryer, which had been running," Copper said.
January 24, 1992 |
A volunteer firefighter accused of heading an arson ring that terrorized Burlington County's river towns for almost a year pleaded guilty yesterday to setting 15 fires that ravaged homes, stores and factories and resulted in more than $2 million in property damage. Chris Hatcher, 28, of the 400 block of Bridgeboro Street in Riverside, said in Burlington County Superior Court that he instigated the string of blazes in March, 1990, shortly after he and two friends joined Delanco's Washington Fire Company.
February 12, 1999 |
Richard L. Gibb, 83, of Lower Makefield Township, a retired executive in the reinsurance field and a volunteer firefighter, died Monday at St. Mary Medical Center, Middletown Township. He retired in 1981 after many years with American Reinsurance Co., based in New York. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Gibb attended schools in the New York City area and graduated from Pace College in New York. He served in the Army as a chief warrant officer in the Panama Canal area during World War II. A 45-year resident of the Levittown/Lower Makefield area, he had been active with the Capitol View Fire Company, which serves Morrisville and Lower Makefield, and had been treasurer of the company's relief association.
September 3, 1992 |
Harold M. Smith, 93, who served for nearly six decades as a volunteer firefighter in Moorestown, died Tuesday at his home. "He loved the trucks, he loved the noise, the excitement," said Karl Shelley, the township's fire district commissioner. Mr. Smith had been the township's oldest volunteer firefighter, serving 59 years with the Relief Engine Company before kidney disease forced him to curtail his activities several years ago. He still remained on the company's active-member roster, however.
March 1, 1987 |
On Feb. 20, after 40 days of investigation and more than 2,000 hours of surveillance, Horsham Township police were confronted with a bizarre twist: Could a volunteer firefighter who had battled more blazes than any other in the township also be setting fires? Relying on a description provided by a witness to one of nine suspicious blazes, police began following Anthony McDonald, a 23-year-old volunteer firefighter for the Horsham Fire Company. Nine days ago shortly before 11 p.m., a police stakeout team parked an unmarked car outside a vacant barn on Babylon Road.
May 2, 2015 |
Prosecutors called the former firefighter the Pied Piper of his neighborhood, for the trail of children constantly following him. John Corcoran, 20, of Glenolden, bought the kids McDonald's meals and toys, let them use his hot tub, and took them swimming. But according to investigators, Corcoran was a serial child abuser. Pornography charges lodged against him in a recently unsealed federal indictment carry a maximum jail term of 610 years. In addition, he has been charged in two related Delaware County Court cases with sexual abuse of children and arson.
May 28, 1987 |
After 45 years as a volunteer for the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company, Frank Burkard has retired from the firehouse and has been awarded $25,000 by his fellow firefighters. Burkard, 73, was honored in a ceremony at the firehouse last week for his years of service to the Lower Moreland community. He is the first firefighter in Pennsylvania to receive money from the newly created Service Disability Fund. Craig Colbert, company president, said the company voted to give Burkard the award, using state money that was not needed to buy protective fire equipment.
August 12, 2012 |
Thomas C. Elvins III, 88, a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Hammonton, N.J., for more than 60 years, died Friday, July 27, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City after being injured in a July 13 car accident in Egg Harbor Township. Mr. Elvins was born in Hammonton, graduated in 1941 from Hammonton High School, and worked on his father's fruit farm before serving in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, mostly as a shipboard turret gunner in the South Pacific. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 825 for more than 60 years, driving bulldozers and road graders on jobs across South Jersey, his daughter, Bonnie Lou Petruzzo, said in an interview.
June 5, 2014 |
John J. Bauman Jr., 59, of Lindenwold, a volunteer fireman since he was 16, died of a heart attack on Sunday, June 1, at home. A 1972 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Bauman had worked for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Pennsauken since 1978. Mr. Bauman was "first a driver and then in the production department," his wife, Patricia, said in a phone interview. Before going to Pepsi, she said, "he worked for Coca-Cola for a short period. " "I told him, if he worked for Coors or Budweiser, I would have loved him more," she said, with a laugh.