Northeast Times

Chief LePre honored for 50 years of service with the Phila. Fire Department

Bat­talion Chief Charles LeP­re, who last year cel­eb­rated his 50th an­niversary with the Fire De­part­ment, was honored dur­ing last week’s LaS­alle-George Wash­ing­ton game at the uni­versity’s Gola Cen­ter. Also honored dur­ing a game timeout were two Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers and a para­med­ic.

LeP­re, Of­ficer Ed Dav­ies, Of­ficer Mi­chael Gwynn and Para­med­ic Lawrence Bloom­field were presen­ted with game balls and named hon­or­ary coaches dur­ing a brief cen­ter-court ce­re­mony at­ten­ded by po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers who had been in­vited to the game, sponsored by All Risk Prop­erty Dam­age Ex­perts.

The bat­talion chief, who be­came a fire­man when he was 23, is a North­east res­id­ent and was fea­tured in a North­east Times fea­ture on Aug. 7. (ht­tp://www.bsmphilly.com/2013/aug/7/golden-years2/#.UtRVvd­J­Du94)

Dav­ies was ser­i­ously wounded dur­ing a con­front­a­tion with a sus­pect in­side a Felton­ville gro­cery store last year. In Novem­ber 2012 after a routine ar­rest in Lo­gan, Gwynn suffered car­di­ac ar­rest and was as­sisted by oth­er of­ficers, who at­ten­ded last Thursday’s game, and re­covered. Bloom­field is a 15-year Fire De­part­ment vet­er­an and over the years has worked around the coun­try on spe­cial task forces to as­sist in the re­cov­ery after nat­ur­al dis­asters like Hur­ricane Kat­rina and Su­per­storm Sandy. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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