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Honoring Our Fallen First Responders
I was honored to speak at the recent Indiana County Peace Officer Memorial Service at the Hilltop Baptist Church. Thank you to all the men and women in uniform who protect and serve us every day. God Bless you and your families.
Memorial Day Holiday Crashes Investigated by State Police
Pennsylvania State Troopers investigated 757 traffic crashes, involving 178 injuries and nine fatalities, during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, from May 26 through May 29. Alcohol was a factor in 61 of the crashes, including one fatal collision.
Troopers made 550 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 13,916 speeding citations over the holiday weekend. State Police also cited 1,256 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 198 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
During last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, six people died and 282 others were injured in 839 crashes to which state troopers responded. These statistics cover only those crashes investigated by the State Police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
Local Residents Attend Senior Expo in Delmont
A good number of local residents turned out for a Senior Expo I co-hosted with Representative Eric Nelson on May 17 in the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall.
The Veterans’ Outreach Van was at the free event along with representatives from state, county and local organizations to provide information on numerous subjects of interest to older residents including health care, health screenings, insurance, nutrition & fitness, fire safety, personal safety, banking and local, state and federal agency information and more.
State Offers New Fire and EMS Administrative Leadership Course
The state recently unveiled a new training and education opportunity for Pennsylvania first responders. The Fire and EMS Administrative Officer Course, offered through the State Fire Academy, is intended for those in administrative and leadership roles in the fire and emergency medical services community.
The newly designed course, presented in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, is intended to strengthen the attendees’ knowledge and oversight of running a non-profit fire and EMS organization. Some of the topics covered include business planning, board management, governance and working with the public and elected officials.
New Loan Program Assists Home/Community-Based Services
Applications are now being accepted for a new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) loan program. It’s expected that loans – for startups, reconfiguration, or expansion – will range from $50,000 to $200,000. The Department of Human Services will process loan applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit here for more information on the HCBS loan program or here for the loan application.
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