Aston Township has new signs on major roads as you enter our town that say “A Community that Cares”. Late Tuesday evening, November 15, 2016, and in the days that followed, we personified that little public relations snippet more than you can imagine. Let me tell you about it.
At 11:17pm the Aston Township Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Linda Lane and Birney Highway for a building fire. 27 Aston volunteer firefighters left their home and answered the alarm. 10 mutual aid fire departments, 3 EMS and 6 police units also responded. Our community cares. Read more
Aston Commissioners, during the Sept. 21 meeting, named the Aston Police Department as 2016 Citizens of the Year. Commissioners President Jim Stigale read a proclamation praising Chief Dan Ruggieri and members of the police department for their professionalism and dedication to the township.
“The Aston Township Police Department provides excellent, professional service each and every day along with great concern for the safety and well-being of the Aston Township Community,” Stigale said. “Our dedicated police officers respond to emergencies, which often are of a life-threatening nature. Their ability to evaluate the situation quickly with regard and respect for all involved is always practiced. The dangers they encounter can change in a matter of seconds. Read more
Emotions ran high the evening of August 18 as members of the Aston Township Fire Department (ATFD) #17 joined commissioners, officials and neighbors for the decommissioning ceremony of the ATFD West station, formerly known as the Aston-Beechwood Fire Company #72 on Mount Road.
“Traditions in the fire service are very important, said Sean Joyce, ATFD president. “We, as the newly formed Aston Township Fire Department, feel the same way and believe this station is a very important part of our legacy… Change is not always easy, and in order to grow and continue to serve the community we must continue to move forward.” Read more
Aston Police K-9 Jax was recognized on the event of his retirement by the Aston Board of Commissioners, township residents, representatives of the Penn-Delco School District and Neumann University during the June 15 commissioners meeting.
Jax was on-hand for the ceremony with his handler, Officer Mikell Jones, who has been Jax’s partner from the day he arrived. Read more
Aston Commissioners, during the June 15 meeting, via proclamation, honored township police officer Joseph Hart as 2015 Police Officer of the Year.
Hart, the son of Joseph, Sr. and Dale Hart, is a graduate of Sun Valley High School and the Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy. Read more
Fire Station Announcement:
The board of commissioners, after reviewing the public comments received at public meetings, the cost estimates for site development provided by the engineer and the statistics, including run times and manning fire calls provided by the Aston Township Fire Department, have decided to locate the new Aston Township Fire Department station at 2900 Dutton Mill Road, Aston.
The board of commissioners will form a committee with the fire department to begin discussions on all aspects of financing the new fire station.
Commissioner Carol Graham
Application may be picked up at the Aston Police Department Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM. All applicants are required to submit to a criminal background check along with child abuse clearance check.
Contact Aston Police Department 610-497-2633.
by Loretta Rodgers.
Aston Commissioners, during a recent meeting, announced the hiring of new part-time police officers Thomas Piraino and Jonathan Curtis, effective Jan. 4.
Piraino is a graduate of Salesianum School and is currently studying emergency management at Delaware County Community College. He is a sergeant in the Delaware Army National Guard and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
Piraino is a member of the Aston Township Fire Department.
Curtis previously worked at the Delaware County Park Police and the Aldan Borough Police Department. He is a graduate of the Delaware County Community College Municipal Police Academy and is employed as a part-time officer in the Chester Township police department.
Curtis is also a member of the Aston Township Fire Department.
Both candidates passed a thorough medical exam, along with a psychological examination.
by Loretta Rodgers.
When the Aston Rebels Ice Hockey team scored its first goal about ten minutes into the first period of Sunday’s game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights at the Ice Works skating complex, about 100 teddy bears were simultaneously thrown on to the ice.
The excitement was obvious, but no more than among the family of recently deceased firefighter, EMT and former U.S. Marine corporal Scott Jones. Read more
Aston Police Chief Dan Ruggieri, during the Nov. 18 meeting of the Aston Board of Commissioners, presented a plaque of appreciation to the Aston Lioness Club.
The Lioness Club recently presented the Aston Police with a check in the amount of $900, which will be used for the purchase of a new bullet proof vest.
“I am deeply touched by this act of generosity from the Lioness Club,” Ruggieri said. “I know first hand how hard these ladies work to raise funds for their organization and for our community. I take great comfort in knowing that our police department is supported by such a fine organization and that these ladies have genuine concern for our officers.”
Ruggieri continued by stating that bullet proof vests are lifesavers.
“Just ask Ridley Park officer Mark Hanly who was saved by a bullet proof vest on Aug. 30 when he was shot in the chest by a suicidal subject,” Ruggieri said. “In closing I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to the Aston Lioness Club for their generous donation.”