Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers, 911 dispatchers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.
According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley and Edward G. Staback, this year’s fifth annual Heroes Day is set for Saturday, September 19, from 11 am to 2 pm at the County’s 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup.
The Scranton Police Department will be participating in the event and selling t-shirts with the proceeds benefitting the family of the late Officer John Wilding, who was fatally injured in the line of duty earlier this year.
At the event, safety, disaster, road 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, entertainment, 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, Conxx, SkyPacket Networks, and Purosky & Tuckerman.
Jeff Thomas, a prevention specialist in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will discuss the importance of proper medication disposal to safeguard the environment and to reduce the access of prescription drug abuse at 12:30 PM.
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 along with a variety of children’s activities.
The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance: Tanker 15 from Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, Command 93 from Old Forge, Moscow’s Rescue 7, the Peckville Smoke House and Ladder 20, Unimog 24 from Greenfield Township, Engine 5 from Dalton, the Pennsylvania State Police, Decon Team, Commonwealth Health Ambulance, and Pennsylvania 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, Roads and Bridges, and the Coroner’s Office.
The Pennsylvania National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, and Wills For Heroes 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.