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A bid to name rec center after fallen fireman

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An ef­fort is un­der­way to re­name the Fox Chase Re­cre­ation Cen­ter in memory of Fire­fight­er Daniel Sweeney.

City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill an­nounced the pro­ject dur­ing the bi­monthly meet­ing of the Fox Chase Homeown­ers As­so­ci­ation and Fox Chase Town Watch on Sept. 12.

Sweeney per­ished along with Fire Lt. Robert Neary in the af­ter­math of a ware­house blaze in Kens­ing­ton on April 9 when a neigh­bor­ing build­ing col­lapsed on them. Sweeney was a Fox Chase res­id­ent.

O’Neill said he’s been work­ing with a group of Fox Chase res­id­ents to spread the word about the pro­posed name change so that the idea will gain broad com­munity sup­port. There is no pending le­gis­la­tion on the is­sue.

In a sep­ar­ate is­sue re­lated to the Neary and Sweeney deaths, O’Neill has en­dorsed a pro­pos­al by fire­fight­ers in his dis­trict to ex­tend a civil ser­vice ex­am­in­a­tion be­ne­fit to the grand­chil­dren of fallen po­lice and fire­fight­ers.

Un­der the city’s Home Rule Charter, chil­dren of po­lice and fire­fight­ers who lost their lives in the line of duty re­ceive 10 points ex­tra cred­it on the ex­ams to enter the po­lice or fire de­part­ments. But many chil­dren of fallen po­lice and fire­fight­ers are un­able to be­ne­fit be­cause they are already com­mit­ted to oth­er ca­reers.

Mean­while, many of the grand­chil­dren could be­ne­fit be­cause they are still in school or have yet to enter long-term em­ploy­ment, said O’Neill, whose late fath­er was a po­lice of­ficer.

The meas­ure must pass a pub­lic vote to take ef­fect. It will ap­pear as a ques­tion on the Nov. 6 gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot.

In oth­er Fox Chase busi­ness:

• State Rep. Kev­in Boyle in­vited res­id­ents to at­tend his Seni­or Fair on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, 2990 St. Vin­cent St.

• The next Fox Chase Homeown­ers As­so­ci­ation and Fox Chase Town Watch meet­ing will be on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Amer­ic­an Le­gion Post 366, 7976 Ox­ford Ave. ••End­Frag­ment 

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