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Palmerton firefighter recognized for 50 years of service

For the past half century, Dennis Behler has given his all to Palmerton’s fire service.

Which is why it was only fitting, then, that borough council adopted a resolution on Thursday recognizing him for his 50 years of dedicated service as a volunteer firefighter.

The resolution recognizes Behler for his dedication and many years of service to the borough and its residents as a volunteer firefighter since 1970 when he joined as a firefighter.

Councilman Kris Hoffner read the resolution, which states Behler’s leadership and dedication to the fire service was displayed as he worked his way up the ranks as second lieutenant, first lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, and ultimately fire chief.

Behler retired from his fire chief responsibilities in 2018, and continues to serve as a driver and pump operator.

Additionally, the resolution notes that in addition to making himself available at all hours to protect the lives and property of the community, Behler completed many firefighting and emergency services courses, seminars and training sessions, giving many hours of his time, energy and talents.

Hoffner then told Behler he values their friendship.

“We’ve worked very closely,” Hoffner said. “You’ve always stepped up, and your leadership has always been phenomenal.”

Councilwoman Holly Hausman Sell said Behler’s longevity is a true testament to the type of person he is.

“That just shows you how long he’s been doing this,” Hausman Sell said. “Thank you, and congratulations.”

Flanked by several firefighters, Behler expressed his thanks to council.

“It was always a pleasure working with council,” Behler said. “You were always open to suggestions.”

At left, Palmerton Borough Councilman Kris Hoffner presents longtime Palmerton firefighter Dennis Behler with a resolution adopted by borough council on Thursday recognizing Behler for 50 years of dedicated service as a volunteer firefighter. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS