June Kohl's emergency: County honors first responders

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Franklin County and the Chambersburg Borough Fire Department honored first responders from several agencies who assisted with a carbon monoxide poisoning event at the Chambersburg Kohl’s in June.

READ: Carbon Monoxide Incident at Kohls on Norland

Fire Chief Dustin Ulrich recognized the following individuals and agencies in his remarks:

  • Chambersburg Fire Department: Captain Timothy Ebersole, Firefighter/EMT Terry Newcomer, Firefighter/EMT Anthony Chen, Firefighter/EMT Jamie Birgfeld, Firefighter/EMT Blake McAfee and Firefighter/EMT Charles Tatch

“Every year, several thousand calls for emergency services are requested in the Borough of Chambersburg,” CFD Chief Dustin Ulrich said. “(These) range from medical issues to large-scale fire responses.”

Ulrich pointed out that each day, 911 dispatchers, fire and emergency medical services personnel, and hospital nursing staff within Franklin County do “an amazing job” serving those who live, work, and visit Chambersburg.

“Personnel who answer these emergencies have a natural affinity to help others without ever expecting anything in return,” he said. “In many cases, their exemplary duties go unrecognized.”

Among these emergencies, some could have ended differently if not for some quick thinking of the first arriving crews. One such emergency was the call to Kohl’s Department Store in June.

“Chambersburg Fire Department was able to show appreciation to personnel that were present on a day where the first arriving crews made a seminal difference,” Ulrich said.  

Franklin County Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller and Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski joined the first responders for the ceremony.

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