Friday, May 24, 2013
A total of six members of the Norristown Fire Department, and one member of the Norristown Police Department, were honored for their actions during a fire on April 21.
Local emergency responders were honored at the start of Wednesday night's Norristown Municipal Council Meeting, for their actions in rescuing twin toddlers from a burning home on Marshall street in April. Five members of the Norristown Fire Department and one member of the Norristown Police Department were awarded Unit Citations for displaying "dedication to duty and concern for life safety on April 21st, 2013." They include: The conclusion of the citation reads: "The combined actions and performance of the above named personnel prevented further injury and reflect the dedication and commitment of all public servants for the Municipality of Norristown." A sixth member of the NFD, firefighter Christopher Valerio, was awarded the Award of …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Norristown Municipal Council voted on Friday to appoint Cy Burke to the interim at-large council seat vacated by Dwayne Royster in April.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 East Airy Street in Norristown. Though not on the agenda, council is expected to swear in its newest member – Cyril "Cy" Burke. Burke was voted in at a special meeting Friday evening to fill the open at-large seat left vacant when Dwayne Royster stepped down in April. will hold the seat until a new at-large council member is voted in in the November 2013 election. Also on the agenda is a presentation from the high school, some residential parking matters and a motion to approve a vehicle lease with Fairmount Engine Co. #2. You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting plus additional materials in our PDF section.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The little leaguers marched to the fields on Saturday, complete with escort from the NAHS Marching Band and the Norristown Fire Department.
If you missed Norristown Little League's Opening Day celebration, check out these great photos from the Norristown Fire Department (NFD). The NFD helped escort the teams along the parade route to the fields on Saturday with lights and sirens a-blazing. The players and families were also joined by the Norristown Area High School Marching Band. See more great pictures on the NFD's website.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Robert J. Spitko II continues the family business as Norristown's newest full-time firefighter.
Norristown's newest full-time firefighter, Robert J. Spitko II, was sworn in by Municipal Council President Gary Simpson Tuesday night, with help from Spitko's wife, Suzie, and Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell. Spitko's father, Robert Sr., is a lieutenant in the department and the younger Spitko has volunteered with the department since he was a teenager. He was awarded a medal of valor in December 2011 for his rescue of a woman trapped in fast-moving flood waters in Stony Creek during the height of Hurricane Irene. --- Related Stories Firefighters Take Center Stage at Tuesday's Council Meeting Corbett To Make Budget Address Today New Bill Would Up Fines on Motorists Who Ignore Flood Barriers
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
No one was reported injured in a residential fire the destroyed a second floor apartment and left four families homeless.
The 600 block of West Main Street in Norristown was shut down for several hours during rush hour on Tuesday, April 2, while firefighters battled a house fire that left four families homeless. Units from the Norristown Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Company, Norriton Fire Engine Company and Plymouth Fire Company, as well as Plymouth Community Ambulance Company responded to the call for a house fire at 3:50 p.m. and found heavy smoke pouring from the second floor front bedroom of the three-story structure. According to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell, the fire started when a floor-mounted electrical receptacle malfunctioned and sparks came into contact with a mattress and other combustibles. Firefighters managed to bring the fire …
Council will also vote on a budget amendment to transfer funds to a summer program for youth volunteers to make home repairs for poor and elderly residents.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again tonight, Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 East Airy Street in Norristown. Among the business on tonight's agenda is the hiring of a new full-time firefighter for the Norristown Fire Department, longtime volunteer Robert Spitko, and the promotion of two police officers – Officer Kenneth Lawless to Sergeant and Officer Eric Gergel to Corporal. According to The Times Herald, council is also expected to vote on a budget amendment to move $20,000 from the municipality's snow removal fund to pay for "Repair Mission Camp," a summer program that would bring hundreds of young volunteers to Norristown to work on repairing and rebuilding homes for low-income and disabled …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Fairmount Ladies Auxiliary is holding its annual sale Thursday through Saturday while supplies last.
Fairmount Engine Company No. 2's Ladies Auxiliary is holding its annual Easter flower sale at the firehouse at Main and Astor streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March, 29. The sale will continue on Saturday if flowers are still available. Come early for the best selection. Call 610-275-0100 for more information.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Norristown's decommissioned 1989 Hahn Fire Engine is going up for sale at online auction.
Talk about a fire sale. Norristown is letting go of one of its classic fire trucks and anyone with internet access has a shot at picking it up for a lot less than you might think. Council approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the truck at Tuesday's meeting. The Norristown Fire Department decommissioned the 1989 Hahn Fire Engine last year after it purchased a new engine from Pennsylvania-based KME-Kovatch for just over $450,000 (paid for with a federal Community Development Block Grant, according to The Times Herald.) Picking up the '89 Hahn a auction won't cost nearly that much, though. Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell noted that his department has gotten 23 years of service from the truck which has a 20-year average lifespan…
Sunday, February 24, 2013
A fire in the second-floor bedroom of a Chain Street row home sent two people to the hospital and destroyed their home.
Norristown Fire Department responded to a second-story fire at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Sunday night. The crews arrived to find heavy fire visible through the second-story windows and called multiple units for assistance. The fire was put under control in around ten minutes, according to Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell. Two victims were removed from the two-story row home at 121 Chain Street. According to chief O'Donnell, one was treated locally for minor injuries while a second was transported to Temple Hospital's burn unit. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to O'Donnell. It began in the front bedroom of the home, gutting most of the interior and burning through the roof. Traffic was diverted in the vicinity of the …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Firefighters Robert Myers and Andrew Pyles are being recognized for their part in a recent rescue from burning home in West Norriton.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall at 235 East Airy Street. Among the items in the agenda for tonight's meeting is the award of valor commendations for two local firefighters for their role in a recent rescue of two residents from a burning home in West Norriton in January. Norristown firefighters assisted Jefferson Fire Company in West Norriton in a house fire on the 1400 block of Sterigere Street in the early morning hours of Jan. 19. Early on the scene, firefighters Robert Myers and Andrew Pyles reportedly entered the burning building to rescue a woman trapped inside. Vera Cavello, 90, later died of her injuries at the hospital. Myers and Pyles will be awarded …