The city of Bethlehem and its firefighting force remembered four former firefighters at the annual memorial service held at the Schweder Fire Station Oct. 6. In his address to those in attendance Mayor Robert Donchez called the career of a firefighter “one of respect, character and bravery to protect and answer the call.”
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure presented a proclamation to Chief Warren Achey, and Lehigh County Executive Philips Armstrong related his own experience as the son of a former fire chief. Achey recognized five area businesses and agencies for their support with certificates of appreciation.
In memory of firefighters Lewis Malpedo, Montgomery Dutt II, Raymond Crouthamel Jr. and Harry Knecht Jr., the firefighter’s last call was sounded by Lieutenant Sean O’Hearn.
Assistant Chief James Lynn and deputy chief Craig Baer gave the invocation and benediction, which followed the playing of “Amazing Grace” and “Taps” by members of the Liberty HS Grenadier Band.
Refreshments were served after the service.
Bethlehem Fire Chief Warren Achey recognized the following community partners with certificates of appreciation: State Farm, UGI, Weis Markets, American Red Cross and Social Still.
Lieutenant Sean O'Hearn rings the bell symbolizing a firefighter's last call in memory of firefighters Lewis Malpedo, Montgomery Dutt II, Raymond Crouthamel Jr. and Harry Knecht Jr.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBB Mayor Robert Donchez and IAFF Local 735 president Bryan Bokan place a memorial wreath in memory of Bethlehem firefighters who passed in the last year. More photos on A2.
Liberty HS Greanadier Band piper Ashley Tarasuk, a senior, performs “Amazing Grace.”
Liberty Grenadier band member Bryce Bailey, a junior, plays “Taps” at the conclusion of the memorial service.