Police officer lauded for fire rescue

By on June 13, 2012

By: Alice Hummer Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

The June 11 East Cocalico Supervisors meeting was held at the Reamstown Fire Hall. This annual off-site meeting makes it easier for citizens interested in local government to attend.

Special recognition was given to East Cocalico Police Officer Brian Dilliplaine for his heroic act of bravery at the December 2011 house fire in Stevens. Officer Dilliplaine broke the fall of a young woman who jumped from the second story of the burning residence, which was engulfed in flames, into the black, smoky night. Officer Dilliplaine is credited with saving her life.

Police Chief George Beever said Officer Dilliplaine received the Lancaster County Fire Chief’s Bravery Award at the association’s May 20 banquet.

"We congratulate Officer Dilliplaine," said supervisor chairman Doug Mackley. "It is nothing short of miraculous that he arrived in time to be on with the 911 dispatcher and to locate, in that pitch black night with heavy smoke, the young woman and rescue her. The 22 police officers and all of our volunteer firemen put their lives on the line every time they answer a call. We appreciate what they do very much."

Supervisor Alan Fry reported installation of three Frisbee golf baskets on June 7. He commented in favor of drafting an ordinance to expand the recreation board from five to seven members.

"The interest is there," Fry said. "The additional help will be useful."

Supervisors approved the following:

? Advertising an alarm ordinance.

This deals with false alarms and attempting to get a better handle on the issue," Mackley said.

"If there are unavoidable circumstances which cause the alarm to go off, this is taken into consideration," said Beever.

? Awarding the 2012 Lawn Care Bid to Total Lawn Care for $2,410. There were six bids.

? Signing of the 2012-1013 PennDOT Annual Winter Maintenance Agreement. The township will see about $110 more dollars. Last year’s agreement was $8.900; this year’s is $9,288.

? Upgrading Internet service to increase the upload speed. Cost will go from $70 to $100 per month.

"Sometimes the lack of speed interferes with daytime work," said township manager Mark Hiester. "We’re going from four to eight mega bits per second."

? Support of PennDOT’s request for comment for a directional sign to Hawk Valley Gold Course proposed for the PennDOT Right of Way on Colonel Howard Blvd. The township said the proposed sign would not violate any zoning ordinances.

? Shank Door Co. making the one shed door taller for $938. The new truck coming this fall is taller and won’t fit.

? Accepting the withdrawal of the MacLeod Minor Subdivision Plan.

? Awarding financial security reductions to Ray Bradley, Randy and Louella Nolt and Thomas Stewart.

Other than the supervisors and customary two citizens who attend, Reamstown Fire Chief, Harvey Achey and two Schoeneck Boy Scouts doing badge work, Colin and Evan Carr and their mother were the new faces at this off-site meeting.

The supervisors next meeting on June 20 at 7:30 p.m. will return to the East Cocalico Municipal Building on Hill Road. More MEETING, page A10

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