The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

February 14, 2013

Mahoning Township's Leslie Young is 'Firefighter of the Year'


— Rescues

A senior health physics technician at Geisinger Medical Center, she earned commendations for rescuing two children from a house fire in 2002 on Spring Street and for rescuing a woman from a mid-rise fire in 2010 at Beaver Place. “Other people were involved with those rescues,” said Young who said she volunteers “because there’s a need for it. If there weren’t volunteers, we’d be in trouble.”

Young, who has an elementary education degree, said she enjoys helping people and likes teaching fire prevention.

 “I enjoy the camaraderie and the feeling of an extended family” in the fire service, Young said.

She has responded to all types of emergencies. The most humorous was when a bird’s head was stuck in the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital sign. Firefighters got a ladder, moved the sign and the bird flew away.

Young has also helped rescue cats from trees.

Gibson said Young is the only woman chief in Montour County and the only female chief he can recall ever being in Montour County and surrounding counties.

Young has been instrumental in establishing East End’s new junior fire program. In 10 years and probably more, she has achieved the No. 1 slot for the firefighter with the most call volume on an annual basis, Gibson said.

A member of the rapid intervention and water rescue teams, Young is also an accomplished illustrator who has provided artwork and fully hand-drawn illustrations for a book about the history of the Molly Maguires and their ties to Montour County history.

The Catawissa native serves on the Geisinger Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committees.

In her free time the Penn State, Steelers and Pirates fan hunts and fishes.


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