Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Family, friends and community members — nearly 100 in all — come out to raise funds for the Erik Hirner Memorial Scholarship Fund during a bingo and chicken dinner event, held March 30 at the Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL Family, friends and community members — nearly 100 in all — come out to raise funds for the Erik Hirner Memorial Scholarship Fund during a bingo and chicken dinner event, held March 30 at the Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St.PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMIL

Bingo, dinner held for scholarship fund

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

The Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St., hosted a bingo and chicken dinner fundraiser March 30 for the Erik Hirner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Hirner was a 1998 honors graduate of Catasauqua High School and went on to graduate with honors from Muhlenberg College with a degree in biology in 2002. He joined the Reading Fire Department in 2007 and simultaneously served as a volunteer for Charotin Hose Company No. 1.

According to reports, Hirner was on his way to work May 25, 2018, when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV in Maidencreek Township. Police said the driver of the SUV lost control at the top of a hill and struck a Jeep before hitting Hirner’s motorcycle. He died two days later at the age of 38.

“He was a great man. He did his job well and was well-respected. This scholarship fund is one way that we can keep his memory alive,” said Susan Hirner, Erik’s mother.

Hirner was married to the former Katrina Segreaves.

During his abbreviated firefighting career, Hirner was responsible for many policy and technology changes at Charotin Hose Company and was praised by the upper-level cadre in Reading for his insights and dedication to duty. He brought his energy and enthusiasm to his workplace. He shared his knowledge in training classes that included classroom and field experiences.

The scholarship is awarded to a senior who displays Hirner’s attitude and is focused on EMT and volunteer firefighting.

To enhance the scholarship fund, friends and family are holding another event April 28 at the Slovak Center Social Club in North Catasauqua. Tickets sold out in two days.