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Upper St. Clair Firefighters Recognized for Years of Service

The Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners presented eight Upper St. Clair volunteer firefighters with Certificates of Appreciation for their many years of service. The following firefighters received certificates:
  • Ray Tomnay, 50 years
  • Russell Rauch, 45 years
  • Gregory Gerlach, 30 years
  • David Kish, 25 years
  • Joseph Pascarella, 20 years
  • Marc Chlebowski, 10 years (not pictured)
  • Alan Epler, 10 years
  • Lillian Caudill, 5 years
"Both the residents and the Board are very blessed to have this group a volunteers," said Robert W. Orchowski. "You are true professionals."

Fire chief Mike Moore gave special recognition to firefighters Tomnay and Rauch, "They've always been someone I can count on. We all look up to them. I just hope that I can put in the same amount of dedication that they have one day."

Firefighter Doug Dennig received special recognition as well for his 90th birthday. 

The Upper St. Clair volunteer firefighters are unpaid volunteers who serve the community 24/7, 365 days a year. Commissioner Orchowski encourages residents to consider donating to the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department. Visit the department's website for more information. 

The Board of Commissioners also issued an official proclamation marking October 3-9, 2021 as Fire Prevention Week in Upper St. Clair. This year's theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety" and serves to remind residents it is important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Upper St. Clair residents should also make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all their family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Upper St. Clair volunteer firefighters and family members

This article was originally published on Oct. 5, 2021.