Update on Lois Johnston

From Paul Blanford;

On 1/27/2021 Lois had a fire at her home. At this time Lois is doing well but certainly overwhelmed. She is staying at a motel in Broomall and waiting for the insurance company to complete their investigation, they have been very cooperative. When we find out if she needs anything and what she needs we will reach out and let everyone know. In the mean time please keep Lois in your hearts and prayers.

Thanks To All, Paul.

Funeral Detail – Monday

Dave S (Traffic 68) is looking for fire police assistance for the funeral of Bye Heacock – Monday 2/8/2021 at Pagano’s Funeral Home on Foulk Rd. Viewing from 9am – 10am; service until 11am; burial at Edgewood Memorial Gardens, Glen Mills. Meet at Booth Corners at 8:30 am. Apparatus has been invited. Let Dave know if you can assist. Dave – 610 . 299 . 9956

Member Needs Assistance

To All Members,

Yesterday, 1/27/2021, there was an incident involving our Association Recording Secretary Lois Johnston at her home. A fire started in the exhaust fan in the bathroom and had spread into the wall. Her grandson smelled something burning and escorted everyone out of the house and called 911. Fire department arrived on scene, located the source, pulled the meter, and extinguished the fire in approximately 10 minutes resulting in smoke damage throughout the house and fire damage in the bathroom and kitchen. Most importantly there were NO INJURIES.

Lois and her family will be staying with other family members until repairs are made. The Association will assist the family in anyway they need assistance and if anyone would like to call or email and check on Lois and her family the number is 610-453-3422. Text message is preferred and her email is loismjohnston@gmail.com

Monthly Newsletters / January 2021 Newsletter

Starting in January 2021 we will be posting a monthly newsletter. The newsletter will be put together by President Paul Blanford and posted monthly. The newsletter will keep everyone up to date with what is going on in the organization. It will also have the members that are sick so that we can keep up on how everyone is doing and keep them in our prayers. Attached is the 1st newsletter for January 2021. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy .


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January 2021
To all Delaware County Fire Police:

It is with great sorrow we mourn our brothers and sister: Lisa Pasquarella, Fran Desmond, Art Sciachetti and Jerry Gaspero. Certainly, all were dedicated to our fire police cause and will be truly missed. The turnout of officers at the recent services was a true testament to their commitment and involvement.

A special note of appreciation to Dave Schlott for presiding at the funerals for Fran and Gerry. The “Heroes” pamphlets of prayers were most appropriate and appreciated. Please take time to read it or if you need one, please contact Dave.

Although there have been no meetings since last January, the organization continues to support the membership. The drive by for Joe Bradley’s 80 birthday is a prime example of our commitment to our members. Please Congratulate Mike Parks on this 87th birthday and John Pucino on his 84th. Keep on truckin’ guys!

Due to Fran’s Untimely death, I will now move up and assume an interim presidency with Mike Parks as 1st Vice President. I have asked Art Gorga to assume the 2nd Vice President position. All other positions shall remain the same until our next meeting. The officers and board will determine when it is safe to meet again. Our Memorial service is on hold, but not forgotten.

A special note to thanks to Earle Pensyl for updating our financial status.

Thanks to all who have been stepping up to the plate and helping out with many special activities. Also, to Art and Amanda for attempting to put together a viable email list.

Should you wish to contact me, I am at:
Home: 610-626-3751
Cell: 610-299-2486
Email: gdhboss19@verizon.net
Please stay safe and stay well. Happy New year!
Paul A Blanford
Interim President

Passing of Jerry Gaspero

It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Jerry Gaspero. Jerry was a member of the Upper Chichester Fire Police Association and Reliance Fire Company Station 61 now Upper Chichester Fire Department Station 10. Jerry passed away this morning in the hospital. No further details are available at this time. We ask that you keep his family, friends, and extended family from the Reliance and Upper Chichester Fire Departments along with Upper Chichester Fire Police Assoc. in your heart and prayers. Once more information is available it will be posted.

Services for Fran *UPDATE*

Sorry everyone but due to updated restrictions by Gov. Wolf and the state of Pennsylvania there will be NO HONOR GUARD. Due to number of people restricted in the building to 10 people at a time Honor Guard has been Canceled. If you wish to pay your respects we are asking that you please stagger your time between 12:00 and 13:45. Services will be held at 14:00 and can be viewed online at the link below. Thank you for your time and understanding. 

Services will be streamed live at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88095784137?pwd=MUU1QkVXQlNsUkpNREVKQ1NXSnNyQT09

Meeting ID: 880 9578 4137

Passcode: 556713

Services for Fran Desmond

Funeral Services for Fran Desmond will be Saturday December 5th at Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home located at 5980 Chichester Avenue Aston, PA 19014. The funeral home is located at the intersection of Chichester Ave. & Concord Road. Visitation will be from Noon till 13:45 with services following @ 14:00. Grave site services are not known at this time.

*Due to Covid-19 Regulations for the State of Pennsylvania, effective Friday, 11/27/2020, there will be a maximum of 35 people allowed in the funeral home at one time. – From Nolan-Fidale website.

Passing of Fran Desmond

Today we lost a good friend and the current President of the organization Fran Desmond. Fran passed away this morning at Crozer Hospital around 1:30 AM. No further details are available at this time. We ask that you keep his family, friends, and fellow officers and members of station 62 and the Delaware County Fire Police Assoc. in your hearts and prayers. Once more information is available it will be posted.

Prayers Needed!

Please keep Jerry and Gulio Gaspero and their family in your prayers. Both Gulio and Jerry are in the hospital battling COVID-19. We are asking that you keep them all in your hearts and prayers. We pray that everyone gets better and we hope to see you home really soon. May God bless you both and your family and may he grant you all a full and speedy recovery. 


Trunk Or Treat

Help needed for trunk or treat on October 31st at the Arlington Cemetery in Upper Darby. Paul Blanford has a written request for any county fire police that is available to help with this event.

Duties will include traffic control as well as pedestrian crossing on Lansdowne Avenue. Paul will be OIC and point of contact for this event. 2 different time slots are available 3PM (15:00) to 6 PM (18:00) and 6PM (18:00) to 9 PM (21:00). Any help would be appreciated and please pass the word and bring the family.

Officers can contact Paul Blanford at 60-299-2486. Please  contact him if you plan to help or have any questions. Thank You!