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Fire Destroys Duplex Home in Philipsburg
Wednesday, December 26, 2001 15:23 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Destroys Duplex Home in Philipsburg 
Fire fighters from Hope Fire Company responded to a reported structure fire at the 500 block of Thirteenth Street in Philipsburg Boro. Medic 23-76 was first to arrive on scene and advised smoke showing from the duplex house. The building, owned by Shelly Bennett, suffered heavy fire, smoke, and water damage to the interior of the structure. No one was home at the time of the blaze. The State Police Fire Marshall was summoned to the scene and determined that the blaze started by the blockage
of the heating duct system. Two tenants, Patty Lynn and Richard Fry, were displaced because of the blaze. Fire fighters were on scene for about two hours.

Hope Fire Company Mourns with Nation
Thursday, September 13, 2001 18:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
 The members of Hope Fire Company extends our condolences to all the mothers, fathers, and children who lost loved ones during the attack against the United States. Hope Fire Fighters have offered and are standing by to assist New York City. The State of Pennsylvania has lowered the terrorism threat to level 3. To the rescuers at the World Trade Center and in Washington D.C., our prayers are with you. May God bless America. dsafj asl;df ;sdkf;sadf

Pennsylvania Under Level 1 Terrorism Alert
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 15:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Effective immediately the State has activated all county Emergency Operations Centers and placed the state on a Level 1 Terrorism Alert. This is the highest level and requires all emergency services to be on standby. Additional personnel should be mobilized as appropriate. All services should make preparations to maintain 24 hour operations.

Midway Curve Accident Claims Another Life
Monday, September 3, 2001 00:55 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
A single vehicle accident on Route 53 in Decatur Township has claimed the life of Jeremy P. Bowman. Mr. Bowman was traveling southbound when his 1994 Nissan pickup truck failed to negotiate midway curve. The truck left the roadway and began to slide sideways 217 feet striking the Dunlap's Auto Sales building. Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company extricated Mr. Bowman using the Hurst "Jaws of Life". Jeremy Bowman, 19, was not wearing his seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hope Fire Fighters Travel West to Battle Wild Fires
Tuesday, August 21, 2001 15:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Two fire fighters from Hope Fire Company have flown cross-country to battle wild fires that are raging out of control in seven western states. HFC Firefighters Bill Bennett and Jeremy Hamilton, along with other Pennsylvania fire fighters, departed from Harrisburg Airport. The fire fighters arrived at the Colville National Forest in Washington, which is located 50 miles south of British Columbia Canada and 50 miles west of Idaho. The fire crews are protecting structures from the wildfires and fighting structures already consumed by the flames. Bill Bennett and Jeremy Hamilton have undergone extensive wild fire training and physical conditioning in preparation for the special duty assignment.

Another Serious Accident at Midway Curve
Sunday, June 17, 2001 13:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Rescue Crews from Hope Fire Company were summoned once again to Midway Curve on Route 53 for a two-vehicle accident. A woman and a child were entrapped in their car and were extricated using the Hurst "Jaws of Life" rescue tool. A helicopter landing zone was established at the North Lincoln Hill Elementary School where Stat Medi-vac flew both. The use of seat belts and the deployment of air bags have been credited in saving the lives of all involved in this accident. The curve, located halfway between Philipsburg and Osceola, has been the scene of numerous accidents. Although the roadway was recently reconstructed, serious accidents continue to occur. Hope Fire Company urges caution while traveling this roadway.

Second Alarm Blaze Hits Philipsburg Business District
Tuesday, June 12, 2001 20:49 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Century Floral A citizen walking on Front Street spotted smoke coming from the Century Floral Shop and ran to the Hope Fire Company Firehouse to sound the alarm. Rescue Captain 11-03 responded with the Philipsburg Boro Police to investigate and discovered heavy smoke and fire at 219 North Front Street. Fire crews arrived quickly to battle the blaze. The floral shop appears to be a total loss and the first floor dentist office of building owner Kenneth Chintella suffered heavy smoke damage. Two Hope Fire Fighters
were injured while battling the blaze. Mike Woods was transported to Philipsburg ER for heat exhaustion and Jeremy Hamilton was treated, after the fire, for a shoulder injury. Fire crews were on scene for approximately 2 1/2 hours. Philipsburg State Police Fire Marshall is investigating the cause.

New Ordinance For Philipsburg Borough
Tuesday, May 1, 2001 01:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
The Philipsburg Borough Council, in cooperation with the Centre County Office of Emergency Management's 911 addressing program, recently approved an ordinance concerning house numbers. All buildings in the borough including residential, commercial, churches, and schools must have house numbers on the front of the property. The numbers must be three inches high, of contrasting color, and visible from the street. The house numbers will enable emergency services to respond to incidents more efficiently. Borough ordinance enforcement officers will begin enforcing this ordinance soon.

New Radio Numbering Plan Takes Effect for Centre County
Sunday, April 1, 2001 00:01 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
The Centre County Fire Chiefs Association formally approved a new numbering plan for all Fire and EMS units. Implementation of the plan took effect at midnight on April 1, 2001. The new numbering plan can be viewed on the Station Listings section of our web site. To comply with new plan, Engine 11-15 will be renumbered to 11-10. All other apparatus of Hope Fire Company will not be affected.

Accident Claims Life of Philipsburg Man
Sunday, March 19, 2001 9:08 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
A single vehicle accident on Presqueisle Street claimed the life of a Philipsburg man. Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company were summoned to the scene to discover a pick-up truck into a tree with entrapment. The truck, a Ford Ranger, was traveling west on 322 near Cold Stream when the vehicle left the roadway and became airborne and impacted with a tree. The driver, the only occupant of the pick-up, was extricated with the Hurst "Jaws of Life" hydraulic rescue tool. Ryan Nelson, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Nelson was not wearing his seatbelt.

Hope Fire Company Accepts Delivery of Replacement Tanker
Sunday, March 19, 2001 8:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
After three years of hard work and delays, Hope Fire Company accepted a used tanker from the Moshannon Valley Fire Council. The replacement tanker is a 1986 GMC 4-Guys stainless steel body, 3208 Cat Diesel, 5-Speed manual transmission with 2-speed split rear, 500 GPM Hale pump, 1800 gallon water tank, two crosslays, 8" rear dump, two 2.5" rear tank fills. This tanker, which was purchased from Curwensville Boro, replaces a 1987 International Transtar. The replacement tanker is officially in service and has the unit number 11-19.

Philipsburg Apartment Fire Declared Arson
Monday, February 26, 2001 18:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
The apartment fire that displaced seven residents on February 20 was deliberately set, according to the Philipsburg State Police. The fire was set in the storage room of the building. The building is owned by Dennis Guenot. Police are interested in any information on anyone who may have been seen in the area prior to the time of the fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Philipsburg State Police at 342-3370 or Trooper Terry Miller of the Rockview Barracks at 355-7545. Callers can remain confidential.

Police Release Sketch Of Hit And Run Driver
Sunday, February 25, 2001 18:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hit and Run Suspect State Police at Philipsburg are looking for a man fitting this description who was seen driving a white, late 1980's or early 1990's Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix. The man was involved in the hit and run accident on February 16 in which Charles R. Merrel, 66, was struck down and dragged about 33 feet down Second Street. Mr. Merrel was transported from Philipsburg Area Hospital to Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown and is listed in serious condition. Anyone with information is urged to contact Philipsburg State Police at 342-7547.

Woman Escapes Injury After Car Plunges Into Icy Water
Friday, February 23, 2001 15:30 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
A car veered off the roadway on Railroad Street in Philipsburg and plunged into the water. The woman apparently blacked out but regained consciousness as the car was sinking. The driver was able to extricate herself before rescue crews from Hope Fire Company arrived on scene. The woman was transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital for evaluation and later released.

Apartment Fire Displaces Seven People
Tuesday, February 20, 2001 3:20 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Fire Company was dispatched in the early morning hours for reported smoke in a structure at 109 East Pine Street. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a working fire with smoke visible from the building. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished. The building was deemed unsafe after a discussion among the Fire Department, PA State Police, and the Philipsburg Boro Manager. Repairs must be performed before the residents can return to the apartment building. No one was injured in the blaze and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Truck Plunges Off Bridge, Driver Trapped Underwater
Saturday, February 17, 2001 2:39 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company were dispatched in the early morning hours on Saturday for a vehicle accident with entrapment. The accident occurred on the Game Reserve Road in Glass City. A truck, driven by a Glass City man, failed to negotiate a turn before the bridge causing the driver to lose control. The truck crashed through the guide rails of the bridge and plunged into the creek. The truck came to rest on its roof, pinning the driver in the freezing water. To gain access, rescue crews removed the passenger door with the Hurst Maverick tool. The steering wheel was then removed and the column displaced to free the man. The driver was taken to Philipsburg Area Hospital, no condition report was available.

Pedestrian Struck By Hit And Run Driver
Friday, February 16, 2001 22:54 Hours
Artcle by Joe Hollis
A man walking near Second and Cherry Streets in Philipsburg Boro was hit and dragged by a car near the Weis Market. Rescue crews from Hope Fire Company responded to the scene. Rescue 11-18 provided lighting and secured the area as a possible crime scene. The man struck was Charles R. Merrel, 66, and was transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver of the car fled the scene after striking the man. If you witnessed this accident or have any information to the identity of the driver, please contact the Philipsburg State Police at 342-3370.

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