Monday, January 21, 2013
The woman who was rescued by firefighters from a fire at her West Norriton home on Saturday died of her injuries on Sunday.
According to The Times Herald, the elderly woman who was rescued from a burning home in West Norriton early Saturday morning has died of her injuries. According to her obituary on Legacy.com, Vera "Babe" Cavello, nee Lombardo, died at Temple Burn Center in Philadelphia from injuries she sustained in the fire at her home. She was 90 years old. Cavello was born in Norristown and had previously worked at the Hoisey's Nill and the Lombardo Laundromat in Norristown. She is survived by four sons, a daughter and six grandchildren. Nicholas Cavello, her son, was also injured in the blaze, but was reportedly released from the hospital on Sunday. Read Vera Cavello's obituary here and read more about the fire and her rescue here. You can read the …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Jefferson Fire Company, with assistance from Norristown and East Norriton companies, battled a house fire on Sterigere Street in West Norriton early Saturday morning.
UPDATE: [1/19/13; 12:30 p.m.] According to West Norriton Fire Chief Kevin Guirate, firefighters from Jefferson Fire Company, with assistance from the Norristown and East Norriton fire departments, battled the blaze in the 1400 block of Sterigere Street for approximately an hour and forty minutes before the scene was brought under control. Much of the fire was contained within an hour, and the damage was confined to just the one home and attached garage. Chief Guirate applauded the effort by his firefighters and also that of the two Norristown firefighters who arrived on the scene early and entered the building to rescue a woman trapped inside. "They did an awesome job," said Chief Guirate. "If they didn't do what they did, we'd be talking…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Two Norristown firefighters involved in a Dec. 5 water tower rescue in Audubon are being honored by council tonight.
Norristown Municipal Council meets again tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 E. Airy Street. Among the business on tonight's agenda will be approval of the now-expired contract with Laborers’ Local 135, a public hearing on conditional use for proposed billboards in town and a discussion of the Lafayette Street Extension. Council will also honor two Norristown firefighters – Assistant Chief David Keeley and Firefighter Robert Myers. Keeley and Myers were instrumental in the high-angle, confined-space rescue of a worker trapped in a water tower in Audubon on Dec. 5. Keeley and another rescue worker, Joe Dishler, manned the rig while Myers rappelled down the inside of the 100-foot tower to free the worker caught in his own …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Mike Scott and his family spent their Christmas morning delivery toys and Christmas cheer to families in Norristown.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
While many of us spent our Christmas morning exchanging presents with family and friends and reveling in the season, Mike Scott and his family mobilized as part of his Help a Single Parent for Christmas Foundation. Scott and crew loaded up a firetruck donated for the day by the Norristown Fire Department with toys and food for several families in need in Norristown. Funds for the effort were raised at an event held at the Peanut Gallery Tavern. Loaded for bear, the volunteers delivered their goods with fanfare complete with sirens and lights. See the video above to hear Scott talk about the effort.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Funds from Norristown police and fire departments' "Night for Brad" will go to support the family of slain Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox.
Norristown Patch ran into officers from the Plymouth Township Police Department this morning in the lobby of the Norristown Police Department. They were there to accompany representatives from Norristown's police and fire departments to the home of the Fox family to deliver the news about the success of the "Night for Brad" fundraiser held at Elmwood Park Zoo on Nov. 2. The event successfuly raised funds to help support the family of Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13, the eve of his 35th birthday.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Dropping volunteer firefighter rosters have resulted in the merger of the two fire houses earlier this year, but service hasn't been affected according to officials.
According to The Times Herald, the merger of Humane Fire Company at East Main and Green Streets and Norristown Hose Fire Company at DeKalb and Chestnut streets earlier this year is a result of dwindling numbers of volunteer firefighters and shrinking municipal budgets. The merger was reportedly approved at the end of last year and went into effect at the beginning of this year, but hasn't resulted in any drop off of service for Norristown residents according to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell. "[It's had] zero impact on the residents of the community," Chief O'Donnell told the Herald. "The change has been in effect for 11 months. The Norristown station has career and volunteer firefighters in it." The merger has also resulted in …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Norristown Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on the back porch of a home on the 400 block of Basin Street on Friday.
The Norristown Fire Department was dispatched to the 400 block of East Basin Street shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 for a report of a house fire. Once on the scene, firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home. The fire was actually an external fire on the rear porch of 401 East Basin Street and the blaze was brought under control in a quick manner with only minor damage to the interior of the home. No one was reported injured in the incident. The cause of the fire has not yet been reported, but according to a report from the Norristown Police Department, investigators do not suspect foul play. Photos and information courtesy of the Norristown Fire Department.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Two Norristown firefighters and three others were treated for injuries resulting from a three-car crash on Wednesday night.
A three-car crash at Main and Markley streets on Wednesday evening injured two firefighters and three other people involved in the crash. According to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell, firefighters were responding to a report of fire at the 400 block of Moore Street at approximately 7 p.m. yesterday when they fire department vehicle they were driving was struck by another vehicle as it was passing through the intersection heading east on Main. Chief O'Donnell said the truck was "T-boned" by a passenger vehicle coming off the Dannehower Bridge and the force of the crash pushed the fire truck up and onto the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street, damaging the curb. The truck was also severely damaged in the crash. According to …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Council will approve a resolution recognize Andy Tomcho for his almost 27 years of service to the Norristown Fire Department.
Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 E. Airy Street and Council has quite a bit of business to cover. In addition to recognizing Norristown Firefighter Andy Tomcho for his years of service to Norristown, Norristown Municipal Council will be announcing appointments to lieutenant and corporal. You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section and check back at 7:30 p.m. for a livestream of the meeting.
Friday, August 3, 2012
A passerby rescued an adult woman who jumped into the water Friday afternoon near Riverfront Park.
According to The Times Herald, the still unidentified 40-year-old Norristown woman who was rescued from the Schuylkill River yesterday will be facing felony charges resulting from the incident. "She admitted to being high on crack," Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono told the Herald. "It was also in the reports that she had done this sort of thing before. She told us she thought someone was chasing her.” The woman was rescued by a passerby, identified by the Herald as Bob Chagares, who heard her screams and dove into the river to pull her out. "Obvioulsy, it goes without saying that he acted heroically," Chief Bono told the Herald. "The man jumped into the Schuylkill River. He risked his own life to save her." --- Original Story …