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Three Austintown Firefighters sworn in, veteran receives home
Three Austintown Firefighters/EMTs were sworn in at the trustees' meeting on Monday and an Austintown veteran received a Habitat for Humanity home.
By Kalea hall
It was a meeting for many Austintown residents to boast about their township pride.
Three full-time firefighters were sworn in as part of the collaboration between Austintown Fire Department and Lane Life Trans, and a local family received a home from Habitat for Humanity at Monday’s trustees’ meeting.
Firefighter/EMTs, Nick Reed, Brandon Wirtz and Keith Rosser officially took on the title of full-time firefighters.
“We are so happy to bring these guys on,” said Andy Frost III, fire chief. “These guys have gone through the testing procedures and they are more than capable to have this job.”
The collaboration between Lane and Austintown fire became a reality when the township received the ambulance Jan. 4. The township will be reimbursed for the three full-time firefighter/EMTs, who were all former part-time firefighter/EMTs.
Wirtz is the grandson of former chief, Andy Frost Jr. and the nephew of the current chief, making him the third generation to be a part of the Austintown Fire Department.
“It’s exciting to be the third generation [to join] and to be a part of something new,” Wirtz said.
The collaboration between the public and private entities is one of just three in the nation, Trustee Jim Davis said.
Also at the meeting, veteran and Austintown resident, Marine Staff Sgt. James Skok and his family received the first Habitat for Humanity home to go in Austintown, as part of a veterans’ project by the township, American Legion Post 301, the VFW and other veterans’ organizations. The Skok family was selected out of a pool of several veteran applicants.
“This is the greatest honor,” Skok said at the meeting. “I don’t know how to accept this award, but I will keep on serving Austintown until I die.”
Skok’s home will be on New Road, where another home was demolished by the township.
It will be a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home for Skok, his wife, Laury and their three children.
Ground will be broken on the new home in March.
The house is sponsored by FirstEnergy.