By Amanda Dolasinski / photo by Lillian DeDomenic – Norwin Star / Triblive.com
In the darkness before daybreak, German shepherd Vegas had his nose to the ground to track an armed suspect accused of shooting at a North Huntingdon police officer.
The suspect moved in circles and ducked behind thick vegetation but could not elude the North Huntingdon police dog.
After years of performing tracking and confronting gun-wielding suspects, protective Kevlar vests have been donated to the dogs at North Huntingdon police department.
Three police dogs — Colt, Nero and Vegas — will wear the vests while tracking and performing drug investigations.
“It’s a peace of mind,” Sgt. Kari Bauer, a dog handler with the department, said. “We have to send our dogs in. The vest is just going to be a peace of mind.”
The vests, donated by Vested Interest in K-9s Inc., based in Massachusetts, have advanced technology to protect dogs from bullets, stabbings and blunt-force trauma. The nonprofit group gets the vests at a discounted rate of $950 instead of the typical rate of about $2,100, and donates them to police dogs.
By Amanda Dolasinski – photo by Lillian DeDomenic Norwin Star/Tribune-Review
Before radios with tactical channels, Shafton volunteer firefighters relied on screeching whistles that reverberated through town to alert them to burning buildings.
The men would gather at the fire company on Jackson Street, quickly throw on a plastic helmet and rubber boots and grab hold of the engine as it winded through town.
“The days of jumping on the back of a truck after drinking half a dozen beers are over,” Jim Froggat, a captain of Shafton Volunteer Fire Company, said.
Fast forward 75 years. Technology, equipment and training have changed the way the Shafton Volunteer Fire Company responds to a situation. The days, the department uses smartphone apps that give them turn-by-turn directions to structure fires along with approximate location of the nearest fire hydrant.
By Jennifer R. Vertullo – McKeesport Daily News
North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue invites the public to an open house Saturday to tour its facility and meet its new director.
Shane Spielvogle took the lead as executive director of North Huntingdon Township’s emergency medical service provider on Monday.
“I’m excited to be here,” Spielvogle said on Thursday. “It’s an excellent organization with a long history of great work. We want to continue that level of service in the future with community support.”
North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue was formed as Rescue 8 in 1959, aiding seven volunteer fire companies that serve the township.
Today, the service responds to approximately 6,700 calls per year, including medical emergencies, rescues and transfers. It covers the township’s 32.6 square miles and serves approximately 36,000 people. Staffed 24 hours per day, North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue is operated by roughly 30 employees and volunteers. Its fleet includes four ambulances, one rescue truck, two utility vehicles and a wheelchair van.
NORTH HUNTINGDON (KDKA)- Fire officials are looking into a blaze that destroyed a Westmoreland County dry cleaning businessSunday night.
According to officials at the scene, it started just after 8 p.m. at The Joseph Krow Company in the 1100-block of Parker Drive in North Huntingdon.
The fire quickly spread throughout the facility, which is home to a commercial laundry division, commercial dry cleaning division and a commercial specialty division.
The Joseph Krow Company employs 200 people and services more than 4,200 customers in 12 states.
Owner Steven Rudick released a statement overnight to KDKA-TV:
“In the wake of the unfortunate events that transpired last evening, the Joseph Krow Company is committed to providing uninterrupted service to our customers, by partnering with local affiliates during a time in which we rebuild. The Joseph Krow Company is proud of the impact it’s had on this region as one of the largest employers and is looking forward to welcoming its experienced team members back to servicing our customers. We are very blessed there were no injuries, and extremely thankful to all the men and women who fought the fire. We truly appreciate the continued support of our customers and community.”
Fire crews were still on the scene Monday morning and there’s no word on what may have caused the fire.
By Michael DiVittorio
By Michael DiVittorio – triblive.com
A Tuesday morning fire proved fatal for a wheelchair-bound former Marine in North Huntingdon Township.
Westmoreland County Coroner’s office officials said 63-year-old Dale William Shields was pronounced dead at the scene of 433 Maryland Lane in the Lincoln Mobile Trailer Court at 5:32 a.m. The coroner’s office said the call for the fire came in at 3:49 a.m.
Cyril H. Wecht and Pathology Associates performed an autopsy that afternoon.
Wecht ruled Shields’ death was caused by smoke inhalation, thermal injuries and the residential fire, and manner of death was ruled accidental.
Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks.
Marilyn Manning, mother of three of Shields’ children, said the veteran served in the Vietnam War. Shields lost the use of his legs due to blood clots, was a smoker and on oxygen.