WHAT: The Firefighter & EMS Providers of the Year will be honored for their life-saving actions. Also, Mayor Jim Kenney will present a proclamation declaring Oct. 8-14 to be Fire Prevention Week in Philadelphia.
WHO: Mayor Jim Kenney
Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel
PFD Historical Corp. President Eugene Janda
Firefighter Anthony Menna
Paramedic Thomas Olkowski
EMT Michael Lapsker
WHERE: Fireman’s Hall Museum
147 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.
The board of the PFD Historical Corporation, which operates Fireman’s Hall Museum, chooses the Firefighter & EMS Providers of the Year based on nominations from the Fire Department. Firefighter Menna and EMS providers Olkowski & Lapsker will be honored for responses on two separate incidents.
The awards are given during Fire Prevention Week, a national observance which this year runs from Oct. 8-14. This year’s theme is “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention!” Cooking is the most common cause of home fires and related injuries in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Fire Prevention Week is pegged to the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which broke out on Oct. 8, 1871, killing about 300 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, and destroying more than 17,000 buildings.