Helping fire victims
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
In addition to the Pottsville Schuylkill and Eastern Northumberland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Citizens Fire Company No 2 in Mahanoy City is also helping the fire victims of the homes destroyed and heavily damaged during a fire that started from Christmas tree lights on East Pine Street in Mahanoy City Saturday morning. Two homes were destroyed, while seven others were damaged by smoke, water, or heat. One of the children, 5-year old Jason Sivak Jr, had to jump off the back porch roof of their home with his family into the arms of firefighters. He had to be placed into a forced comma to help him breathe. He is now in stable condition. The Mahanoy City Citizens Fire Company is taking new-toy, clothing, and monetary donations. Fire company volunteers stated, "The best way to help these families is to provide us monetary donations so we can provide the fire victims with what they need the most. These families lost a lot of their personal belongings… including beds, furniture, and appliances. Of course, all donations are appreciated." The fire company is asking caring individuals to drop-off or mail monetary donations, no matter how small, to "Citizens Fire Company No. 2", 212 West Centre Street, Mahanoy City PA 17948. Put "Dec. 19, 2009 Fire Victims" in the comment or memo line. For more information on how to help or donate, please contact the Mahanoy City Citizens Fire Company at (570) 773-1750 or volunteer Courtney Downey at (570) 933-0106. Pictured receiving toy donations from an anonymous Tamaqua contributor for families affected by the East Pine Street Mahanoy City fire, from left, are Mahanoy City Citizens Fire Company Squad 456 Lieutenant Julias "Ziggy" Dudash, volunteer Courtney Downey, and Citizens Fire Company firefighter and EMT J.C. Criesher.