June 21, 2015 |
Anthony Perno watched closely as Joshua George sprinkled tomatoes and mozzarella onto flatbread. George, a chef and dietitian, was manning the grill outside the Merchantville Fire Department, making the unusual pizzas for firefighters and their family members Friday as part of a Camden County and Cooper University Health Care program to promote healthy living among local first responders. About 75 percent of firefighters are obese, according to Cooper officials. Perno, 39, has been a volunteer firefighter with the Merchantville department for 13 years.
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.
April 2, 2015 |
A former volunteer firefighter in Montgomery County held four fellow firefighters hostage at gunpoint Tuesday morning before being taken into custody, Cheltenham Township police said. Police Chief John Norris said Paul Jordan, 25, had been fired from the LaMott Fire Company in Elkins Park the day before. Jordan allegedly entered the unlocked fire station Tuesday morning with a 9mm handgun and held the other men hostage in the basement for about an hour before surrendering, police said.
March 31, 2015 |
EVERYONE HAS that friend or co-worker, the eternally grateful person who's just happy to be alive - and can make you feel the same way by their sheer proximity. For first responders in eastern Delaware County, that guy was 26-year-old Mark Hudson, a part-time police officer in Darby Borough for the past four years and a volunteer firefighter in Yeadon since he was a teenager. In fact, Hudson said as much on his Facebook page just two months ago. "Everyday above ground is a great day," Hudson wrote in a January status update that made its way around the Internet again yesterday.
March 30, 2015 |
An off-duty Darby Borough police officer died Saturday night after being shot in his home in Darby Township, officials said. The officer was shot around 4:30 p.m., said Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe. Richard Womack, Darby Township police commissioner, said the officer was shot once in the chest. Further details about the shooting were not immediately clear. Around 10:30 p.m., Womack said detectives were still investigating the scene, on the 600 block of Magnolia Avenue.
January 25, 2015 |
It was while they were investigating arson charges involving a former volunteer firefighter that Delaware County detectives learned of more disturbing allegations involving pornography, rape, sexual abuse, and the assaults of 14 children as young as 8. On Friday, District Attorney Jack Whelan announced the arrest of John P. Corcoran, 20, of Glenolden. He was charged with 161 counts of rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, and related crimes from December 2012 to December 2014.
August 14, 2014 |
A 19-year-old Delaware County volunteer firefighter allegedly enlisted a juvenile in setting fire to three vacant homes - then responded with his fire company to put out two of them - police said. John P. Corcoran IV, 19, of Glenolden, is charged with arson, reckless burning or exploding, criminal mischief, corruption of minors, reckless endangering another person, and related crimes, according to court records. Corcoran, who volunteers for Goodwill Fire Company 77 in Darby Township, was remanded to the county jail after failing to post $250,000 bail.
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.
March 18, 2014 |
PENNSAUKEN Mike Sammon stood in Pennsauken's Fire Station No. 4 on a recent afternoon as winter at last began yielding to spring. "I've been here half my life," Sammon, 46, said, a gold fire-rescue charm around his neck. "It's been home to me. " But as of March 31, the 89-year-old Delaware Gardens Volunteer Fire Company will close in an effort to increase efficiency and firefighter safety, officials say. Contributing in large part to the decision is a decline in fire volunteers, a national trend that has hit home for the station on 49th Street.
October 4, 2013 |
When Thomas D. Kelly went on vacation, he didn't always take a vacation from his love of firefighting. From New England to New York state, "he would go to different fire companies," daughter Hope Kowalski said. "He would look at the different fire trucks," she said, or "just go in and talk to the firefighters. " On Monday, Sept. 30, Mr. Kelly, 69, of Burlington City, a former fire chief there, died of complications from diabetes at Virtua Memorial hospital in Mount Holly.