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Somerton: Lt. Joe Sroka Keeps Watch Over Engine 58 Crew

Somerton: Lt. Joe Sroka Keeps Watch Over Engine 58 Crew

Fighting fires isn’t for everyone and it wasn’t something Lt. Joe Sroka imagined himself doing. As his career approaches three full decades on the job, Sroka has spent the past 20 years as an officer in the Philadelphia Fire Department. His hard work and leadership earned the respect of his crew at Engine 58 in Somerton. “One […]

 By Sean Carlin

City Hall: City Drops Appeal of Firefighters’ Arbitration Award

City Hall: City Drops Appeal of Firefighters’ Arbitration Award

After battling with the city’s firefighters over their arbitration award, Mayor Michael Nutter pulled an about-face and dropped the city’s appeal of the award. The mayor announced that the city was dropping the award at a press conference last month. “In light of improved city finances, we have concluded that we would be left with […]

 By Frances McInerney and Kellie Meyer

Ludlow: Veteran Firefighter Helping The Community For 39 Years

Ludlow: Veteran Firefighter Helping The Community For 39 Years

You could say that George Bucher was just entering the family business. After all, his father, uncle and grandfather all served on the Philadelphia Fire Department. Now in his 39th  year as a fireman Bucher grew up hearing his relatives talk about their lives on the job. “They would always have a huddle and tells stories,” […]

 By Trey Shields and Jennifer Lee

Mt. Airy: Firefighters React to Ladder 21 Reopening Ceremony

Mt. Airy: Firefighters React to Ladder 21 Reopening Ceremony

“He wanted smiles, but he was taking credit for what was already needed for years,” explains a firefighter of Ladder 21 and Engine 9. The “he” in question was Mayor Nutter on Feb. 5, at the reopening ceremony for the Mt. Airy fire station. For the past eight months the station was closed for renovations […]