Beef & Beer Benefit for Injured Firefighter

Mike and Michelle Harkins

On Friday, January 22, Jefferson Fire Co. member Mike Harkins was involved in a serious vehicle accident on Rt. 422 (

Mike has been at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital ICU since the accident recovering from his injuries.  He was released to a rehab facility on March 2.  As his medical costs climb over $1,000,000, the fire company is holding a fundraiser to help cover some of the costs that are not covered by insurance.

The fundraiser will be held at the IBEW Local 380 Electricians’ Hall located at 3900 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA on April 24, 2010 (7p to 12a).  The event will be a beef and beer style fundraiser with a DJ and comedian.  Tickets will be $30.  For more information, contact Donna Benz at

Please keep Mike and Michelle in your thoughts and prayers as Mike works through the recovery process.

Annual Awards Presented at February Monthly Meeting

Each year, the Jefferson Fire Company presents a collection of awards at our February monthly meeting.  The Chief and President both present an award and the fire company also presents the Fireman of the Year award.  Award recipients for this year include:

Fireman of the Year Award – Nick Staffano

L to R: Joe Hallman, Chief Kevin Guirate, Nick Staffano, President Joe Coogan, Deputy Chief John Bergstrasser

Chief’s Award – John Kennedy:

L to R: John Kennedy and Chief Kevin Guirate

President’s Award – 100th Anniversary Committee:

L to R: First Row, Paul Benz and John Bergstrasser; Second Row, Jim Rich, Vic Battaglia, John Mazzochetti, Joe Coogan, Joe Hallman, Nick Staffano, and Donna Benz

Structure Fire

Just after 8 PM on Monday, March 1, stations 46 and 61 were alerted to the Stonybrook Condominiums for a reported ‘painting on fire with water leaking all over’. Interior units found fire in the walls and ceiling space on the second floor. Units performed extensive overhaul to expose and extinguish the fire. 46 and 61 units operated for just under 2 hours.

Units: Air 46, Car 46, Car 61, E 46-2, E 46-3, EMS 308,
FM 62, QT 61, SD 46, SD 61, TW61, MU 46

Another Snow Emergency Declared in West Norriton

A Snow Emergency has been declared in West Norriton Township staring today, Thursday, February 25th at 6 p.m. and lasting until Saturday morning (February 27th).  Vehicles are not permitted to be parked on Snow Emergency Routes.

Residents Are Urged to Help Clear Storm Drains

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News for Immediate Release

Feb. 19, 2010 

PEMA Urges Residents to Clear Storm Drains, Prepare Now For Possible Flooding

Harrisburg – With the threat of more snow followed by rain early next week, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to clear storm drains to help prevent flooding.

 “Our partners at the National Weather Service have warned us about the possibility of another winter storm next week,” said PEMA Director Robert P. French. “We know that the snowpack can absorb a good bit of moisture if the storm brings rain, but depending on how much rain we get, we could be looking at flooding.”

 French asked residents to make certain that storm drains in their neighborhood are free of snow and other debris. Many drains are still blocked following two major snowstorms.

 In addition, residents should clear snow away from fire hydrants to allow firefighters easy access if hydrants are needed.

 PEMA urges individuals to keep extra drinking water, a first-aid kit, canned/non-perishable food, a non-electric can opener, battery-powered radio, flashlight and spare batteries in an easily-accessible place. 

 The commonwealth’s ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information on how the public can “Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved,” including downloadable checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.

 Media contact: Maria Finn, 717-651-2009