East Cocalico officials honor heroism of Officer David Fisher

By on July 27, 2016
East Cocalico Police Officer David Fisher (far left) receives recognition for his recent life-saving efforts that saved a woman from her burning home at 475 Wabash Road. Presenting Fisher his commendation are (from left) Supervisors Doug Mackley, Noelle Fortna, and Alan Fry. Photo by Alice Hummer

East Cocalico Police Officer David Fisher (far left) receives recognition for his recent life-saving efforts that saved a woman from her burning home at 475 Wabash Road. Presenting Fisher his commendation are (from left) Supervisors Doug Mackley, Noelle Fortna, and Alan Fry. Photo by Alice Hummer

An East Cocalico police officer was honored at the July 21 township meeting for his heroic work in saving a woman whose mobile home was engulfed in flames.

Events unfolded quickly the morning of July 13. At 8:26, Officer David Fisher received a call about the severity of the fire and the warning that there were oxygen tanks inside the house at 475 Wabash Drive.

Fortunately, Fisher was parked at a nearby cemetery when the call came in.

Within 60 seconds he was at the front door, where a single 51-year-old female occupant had called 911 saying she was afraid the fire in her home might explode the oxygen tank she used.

After being hit by thick smoke and heavy fire upon kicking in the front door, Fisher went around back and dislodged a window unit air conditioner. Within two minutes of getting the woman out through the window with a neighbor’s help, a large oxygen tank exploded.

Fisher received special recognition for his heroic action. It was determined that the fire was electrical in origin. The mobile home was destroyed.

East Cocalico police, like many police departments nationwide, are busy with preparations for the 33rd annual National Night Out, held the first Tuesday in August. In East Cocalico local volunteer fire departments as well as the police host many activities for the National Night Out.

The purpose of National Night Out is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness as well as strengthen neighborhoods and police-community partnership.

In other business:

* Michael “Mike” T. LaSala from Land Studies gave a presentation outlining facets of the MS4 Stormwater Management Program. This task entailed approximately three months of work, including field work first, at a cost of $11,000 to the township. Township Engineer Brent Lied said: “The document says this is how we do it and assigns responsibilities. It tells us what needs done. It doesn’t have all the answers, and there may be places where we’ll consult what’s needed and establish some of our own protocols.” Ultimately, the quality of Chesepeake Bay water will reap the benefits of every municipality’s efforts under the stricter federal regulations.

* Smokestown Road Bridge Replacement plans will be displayed at the township building, 100 Hill Road, from July 25 to Aug. 8 during regular business hours. The bridge replacement is scheduled for summer 2017. This is a state road project.

* Four Seasons Produce completed all improvements in its new tractor parking area and stormwater management plan. Supervisors approved the final financial release of $5,407.88.

* Renee Gleissl successfully completed all required testing and will begin July 25 as a part-time worker assisting Heather Smith, office manager, in the police department. Her pay rate is $14 per hour.

* Resident Kim Reedy asked questions about the conversion into parking spaces of tennis courts at 70 Weaver Road. This property is next door to her family home. Most questions posed were the same ones Reedy asked at the July 7 supervisors meeting. Zoning Officer Tony Luongo answered Reedy’s questions, and noted that he had told her the same information when she visited his office during the week of July 18. Supervisor Chairman Doug Mackley reminded Reedy that the supervisors, as he said at the previous meeting, do not get involved in zoning issues. They are resolved in zoning hearings, which are legal court hearings, held in the municipal building rather than in Lancaster.

* Luongo reported 31 permits issued, including two new single-family dwellings. Notices were sent to 13 residents for violations regarding property maintenance, the leash law, housing livestock in a residential zone, and illegal dumping at the woody waste site.

* Mackley reported on an initial meeting he had with the dam enforcement group at DEP. It appears it won’t be necessary to remove the Lesher Mill Dam and repairs won’t be as costly as first envisioned.

* Supervisors held final interviews for the township manager vacancy on July 11 and have made an offer to a candidate. No further public information is available at this time in the process.

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