Everyday public safety personnel provide assistance to those in need, transport people to the hospital, rescue individuals from a fire or natural disaster, or provide a sense of safety to families or young children.
Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers, 911 dispatchers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in Lackawanna County and nationwide.
To recognize their work and sacrifices and to acquaint area residents with the public safety equipment and services available to them, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are again sponsoring the third annual “Heroes Day” on Saturday, October 5, from 10 am to 2 pm at the 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup.
According to Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, this tribute to public safety and military personnel will have something for everyone to see, enjoy and learn.
Safety, disaster and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with informational booths for residents to pick-up information that they can utilize when the need arises.
The day will include free refreshments, entertainment, giveaways, prize drawings, tours of the 911 Center, and children’s activities.
Horses and two canines from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be on display. Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.
Several antique emergency vehicles will also be a part of the program.
The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance: Clarks Summit, Blakely, Old Forge, Chinchilla’s foam trailer, Moscow, Jermyn, Dickson City, the Peckville Smoke House, Penn DOT road equipment, the County’s De-Con Team, and the County’s Urban Search & Rescue Team.
The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the Pennsylvania State Police, 911 Mobile Command Post, COLTS, Coordinated Transportation, Bookmobile, and other County Departments such as: Corner’s Office, Voter Registration, Veterans Affairs, Drug & Alcohol Office, Highway Safety Program, IT Department, Environmental Sustainability Office, and Area Agency on Aging.
The Visitors Bureau, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Wills For Heroes, Operation Life Saver, EMS, and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps will also be displaying at the event.
The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring the Master Gardeners, 4-H, Dining With Diabetes, and Nutrition.
For further information, contact the Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.