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August 21, 2012

For Snyder County firefighters, mutual aid is way of life

SELINSGROVE — Shamokin Dam Fire Company Capt. Jeremiah “Bumper” Hoover was having breakfast with his family at a Selinsgrove restaurant Sunday morning when he heard fire had broken out in a nearby home.

After pushing himself away from the table and heading out the door, Hoover was the second to arrive at Kay Morton’s 100 Susquehanna Ave. home at about 9:30 a.m., just behind Dauntless Hook & Ladder Fire Company Deputy Chief Don Weirick.

He grabbed Weirick’s gear and put it on and, after being informed the home had no fire extinguisher, went inside the smoke-filled structure with a garden hose to extinguish flames on a bed caused when a young child knocked a lamp onto a pillow.

“The whole bed was on fire,” Hoover said, describing how thick smoke drove him twice from the home for fresh air.

Another volunteer from an outside fire company, Hummels Wharf Fire Chief Jeff Buckley, showed up and assisted with putting out the fire.

Buckley said the fire was contained to the mattress, and it didn’t appear any damage was done to the hardwood floor.

Morton suffered minor burns to a finger and foot and was treated at the scene, and her children, ages 1 and 2, escaped with no injury.

Hoover said volunteers from neighboring communities, including Kratzerville and Middleburg, work as a team and respond to one another’s calls all the time.

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