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Veteran firefighter Jerry Royer takes the first whack

Press Photos by Jim Marsh Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Jerry Royer, a 45-year WSVFC fire service veteran, was the lead contact with township officials as the new Swain fire station went through a long approval process. In a Salisbury Press article in July, Royer told a reporter for The Press he “wanted to be able to take the ‘first whack' with a sledgehammer” when it came time to demolish the Swain Station to make way for a new station on the site. ABOVE: Jerry Royer gets his wish Aug. 29 as heavy equipment operators prepare to demolish the old structure.
As heavy equipment operators begin the process of demolishing the Swain fire station, at 950 S. Ott St., they pause to allow WSVFC 45-year service veteran Jerry Royer to stand for a whimsical souvenir photo as the structure was being brought down.