911 dispatchers, Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.
According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, this year’s sixth annual Heroes Day is set for Saturday, September 24, from 11 am to 2 pm at the County’s 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup.
At the event, safety, disaster, and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.
The day will include free refreshments, giveaways, tours of the 911 Center, and children’s activities. The event is being sponsored by the Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Emergency Services, the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Conxx, SkyPacket Networks, and Purosky & Tuckerman.
Jeff Thomas, a prevention specialist in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will discuss the opioid epidemic at 12:30 PM in the center’s media room.
Canines and the Mounted Unit from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event.
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: Tanker 15 from Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, Command 93 from Old Forge, Throop Rescue 27, the Smoke House from Wilson Fire Company, Dunmore Ladder 6, Engine 58 from Jermyn, Decon Team, Commonwealth Health Ambulance, Pennsylvania Ambulance and Cottage Ambulance.
The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post and EMA vehicles, COLTS, the Bookmobile, and the following County Departments: Voter Registration, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, Highway Safety Program, the IT Department’s Wireless initiative, Environmental Sustainability Office, Area Agency on Aging, and the Coroner’s Office.
The Pennsylvania National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Scranton Police Department and Civil Air Patrol will also be at the event.
The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring the Master Gardeners and 4-H programs along with its mini golf course.
For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.