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Junior volunteer fireman Tyger James, with Catasauqua Fire Department, shows what a fully equipped firefighter looks like during the Public Library of Catasauqua’s summer program’s last day July 30. Junior volunteer fireman Tyger James, with Catasauqua Fire Department, shows what a fully equipped firefighter looks like during the Public Library of Catasauqua’s summer program’s last day July 30.
Press photos by Paul FoxCatasauqua Fire Chief Richard Hertzog displays all of the equipment on one of the department’s fire engines. Press photos by Paul FoxCatasauqua Fire Chief Richard Hertzog displays all of the equipment on one of the department’s fire engines.
YMCA summer camp counselors help their campers pick out a frozen dessert from the Oogie’s Ice Cream truck. YMCA summer camp counselors help their campers pick out a frozen dessert from the Oogie’s Ice Cream truck.
Suburban North Family YMCA campers and library summer program students listen to the presentation. Suburban North Family YMCA campers and library summer program students listen to the presentation.

Library summer program ends

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by Paul Fox Special to The Press in Local News

The Public Library of Catasauqua’s summer program came to an end July 30 with a special visit from the borough’s police and fire departments and the Oogie’s Ice Cream truck. For this final day of the program, library students and their parents were joined by Suburban North Family YMCA summer campers and their counselors.

The group of nearly 50 children received an educational presentation from Officer Patrick Best from Catasauqua Police Department. Many of the children were already familiar with Best from the halls of Sheckler Elementary School and Catasauqua Middle School, where he serves as a school resource officer.

Best discussed the responsibilities of different members of the department, such as the K-9 officer, detective and chief, as well as his own role in the schools.

His presentation was followed by two volunteer firefighters, Harry Hume and junior fireman Tyger James. They not only explained the responsibilities of their department, but they also demonstrated how a firefighter suits up before entering a burning building. While James donned all of his safety equipment, Hume described the function and purpose of each individual part.

Once James was covered head to toe, he strode through the crowd of children, so they could all get a close-up look at what their rescuer might look like in the event of a fire emergency. Hume reminded everyone that despite the imposing figure and noisy breathing apparatus, there is no need to fear a firefighter.

After this, the children were led outside by Fire Chief Richard Hertzog for a tour of one of the fire engines. He showed off all the emergency equipment and tools stored behind the various doors and hatches on the side of the vehicle and explained how they might be used.

With the tantalizing sight of the ice cream truck parked just ahead, all the kids were eager to hop in line for their free frozen snacks as soon as the chief’s presentation was finished.

Within minutes, the whole group had gotten their ice cream and retreated to the shade to finish their treats.

With an entertaining lesson from local civil servants, capped off with free ice cream, the final day of the library summer program made for a fitting conclusion to a summer full of learning and fun.