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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 

UNIT(S): E143



Sunday, July 13, 2014  Prior to 1848, a school house was built at the corner of Parsonage and Center Streets. As more families began to settle into the area, a new school was built in 1879 at 53 Center Street serving as a second school for the area.

As the years passed, more children enrolled in the schools calling for a third school to be built across from Drake Street.

In March of 1887, a committee met to approve which school would be the best fit for the borough, but elected to instead build a new school house to accommodate the children in the first three and have them all convene in one.

In 1900, the Grant school was built, first consisting of four rooms which were two classrooms, an auditorium and a director’s room. As time went on, more classrooms were added and faculty hired as the school began to grow.

Today, the school building is just a memory as it burned down at 10:30 P.M. on Aug. 22, 1973.

Now, 41 years after the school’s demise, Lois Pierce, 78, a 1953 graduate of Hughestown High, idealized a plan to honor the school by have a special monument constructed and placed at the Hughestown Hose Company and it all began with finding out what happened to the school’s bell.

“I never knew what happened to the bell,” said Pierce. “Well, I finally did find out what happened to the bell and it was brought over here to the Hose Company for me.”

The process to construct the memorial began two to three years ago with Pierce wanting to memorialize the bell in a way to make it stand the test of time. Like all dreams though, there were complications in the beginning, particularly on the money aspect.

“This fellow, Warren Jenkes his name was, was just as interested as I was in getting this thing up,” said Pierce. “He kept saying to me ‘When are going to get that up?’ I said to him ‘Warren, we don’t have the money!’”

Pierce said Jenkes knew of an organization in Scranton that might donate the money. She, Jenkes and another friend Joe Meranti, from the Hose Company, traveled to Scranton to work on getting donations for the monument. That was the beginning and eventually enough money was raised.

Fire Chief Jamie Merlino said the hose company was asked to help construct the monument. “We were contacted about two to three years ago and we donated the time to do it,” said Merlino. (Pierce) raised the money and got people to give donations to it and the guys from the Hughestown Fire Department did it all. They got the stone, concrete, made the forms, dug the holes, put the block up, I mean they took care of all of it so the monument company came in and just topped it off.”

The construction of the monument was completed in June, but unfortunately Jenkes did not see the end of the process. He passed away in Dec. of 2013. “I’m just thinking he’s looking down and he sees it,” said Pierce.

Pierce, however, can see the monument anytime she wishes, for she lives directly across the street from the hose company. “I’m just thrilled,” said Pierce. “I’m thrilled I’m living here and I can see it all the time. I’m also happy that I still live in the borough. I can come out on the porch and look at it.”

The placement of the monument was not the idea of Pierce, but rather the hose company’s. She said she was perfectly fine with their decision. “I just love it,” said Pierce.

With the construction process of the monument done, Pierce is hopeful money can be raised to acquire a plaque for it as well at some point in the future.




Sunday, July 6, 2014  About an hour after clearing the scene from Foundry Street, the West Pittston Police would request the fire department to the same address for a well involved fire. This time, the first alarm crews arrived to find fire showing from Division 1 and Division 2 with an exposure problem on Side “D”. Due to the volume of fire and the exposure problem, Chief 184 quickly called for a second alarm assignment.

Once on scene, Chief 143 would be assigned to Accountability while the crew from Engine 143 assumed the primary RIT Duties. There were no injuries reported on either fire and they both remain under investigation at this time. All of the companies would remain on scene for almost three hours until all of the hot spots were fully extinguished.




Saturday, July 5, 2014  Chief 143 & Engine 143 were requested to the scene of a working structure fire on Foundry Street in West Pittston late Saturday night. Ladder 184 arrived on scene to find a heavy smoke condition and a small fire on the second floor of a two and a half story double block residence.

Once on scene, Chief 143 would assist Chief 112 at the Command Post while the crew from Engine 143 would relieve Engine 112 as the RIT Team. All crews would operate on scene for an hour before being released by Chief 184.




Thursday, May 29, 2014 

Our fire department is pleased to announce that we have begun our Second Annual Fire Truck Fund Drive.  This Truck Drive replaces the former fire department fund drive that you have received in the past.  The purpose for this Truck Drive is so you know exactly what your generous donation is going to be used for by our department.  All donations collected in this Truck Drive will be used to pay for our new 2012 American LaFrance Custom Rescue Pumper.

Each year, our department works tirelessly to raise the funds needed to sustain our department.  Your support of our Good Friday Fish Dinner, Pigapalooza, and our Santa Breakfast go a long way towards helping us make ends meet.  However, these funds are utilized to pay for the utilities and other daily expenses required for us to provide you with fast and efficient emergency services.

The Hose Company is requesting that each residence contribute at least $30 towards the cost of our new rescue pumper. A donation letter was sent to each residence and business this past week.

Residents and businesses are reminded that the 2015 Ambulance Subscription Drive is scheduled to begin in the Fall. The ambulance drive is a separate donation drive which serves to reduce the costs associated with the operation of the Borough’s ambulance service. As a reminder, if you are a resident, you do not need to donate to any other ambulance service that is outside of the Borough.




Tuesday, May 13, 2014  Light Brush 143-1, Medium Brush 143-2, and Heavy Brush 143-3 responded to Sunset Drive in Plains Township to assist DCNR with a large wildland fire.

Once on scene, Strike Team 143 went right to work extinguishing all of the running fire and later would be tasked with assisting other crews with mop up in their assign sections. All crews operated on scene for four hours before the fire was fully extinguished.




Sunday, April 13, 2014   The morning started off around 4:30 AM with our Specialized Wildland Strike Team being dispatched to Laurel Run in the area of the Seven Tubs for a large wildland fire. The crews ended up staging until daylight and then mopped up what was left of the fire that spread over some steep terrain. The Strike Team wouldn't return to service until after 10:00 AM.

A few hours later after the wildland fire in Laurel Run, the 143 Strike Team was out on the street again, responding to a large wildland Fire in Exeter Twp. in the area of Searfoss Road. The crew responded all three of our brush units and operated for approximately seven hours before returning to service.




Saturday, April 12, 2014  At a recent meeting of the department, the membership decided to make Dakota an honorary member and Chief Merlino appointed Dakota as a Honorary Lieutenant of the department. Dakota is currently battling a rare form of cancer and is undergoing intensive radiation therapy to help battle the condition. As a result of his membership and appointment as a fire officer, the department issued Dakota a department badge and patch, volunteer firefighter patch, fire helmet with lieutenant shield, a welcome letter from the Chief and Line Officers, and a department membership card. This is a tremendous accomplishment and we have faith that you will do great in this new leadership position. 

Hang in there Dakota and we are all hoping you make a complete recovery. You can monitor Dakota's progress at the Team Dakota facebook page. We will be also be checking in with our newest member and sharing his progress on our Facebook page and department web page.




Sunday, March 30, 2014  Chief 143 & Engine 143 were dispatched as part of a second alarm assignment for a working structure fire on Salem Street in West Pittston. Ladder 184 arrived on scene to find fire in the walls of a two and a half story wood frame residence.

Once on scene, Chief 143 would assist Chief 112 at the Command Post while the crew from Engine 143 would take over the duty as the RIT Team. All crews would operate on scene for an hour before being released by Command 184.




Monday, February 3, 2014  Hughestown Residents and Businesses are warned that several nearby ambulance agencies have sent solicitations to some of our residents asking them to subscribe to their yearly ambulance drive. These ambulance services will not be responding to your medical calls and the Hughestown Ambulance cannot waive any unpaid expenses if you subscribe to their ambulance drive. Despite rumors, the Hughestown Hose Company Ambulance has not merged with any local ambulance service and is still providing emergency medical services to Hughestown residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and every day of the year. Residents and businesses are asked to disregard these mailings and strongly urged to not donate to these drives.

The Hughestown Hose Company EMS Subscription drive for 2014 has concluded and we would like to thank the residence and businesses that donated to our drive. Residents and local business owners who subscribed to this drive will have any remaining costs after submission to their insurance waived in full. Non-members will be responsible for paying for all charges incurred for medical services provided by our department.

For the latest news, information, and developments with our department, residents are urged to keep checking our website and are also encouraged to “Like” our Facebook page as well.



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