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Cedar Crest College Earns Fire Prevention Award from Allentown Fire Department


Cedar Crest Campus Police Chief Mark Vitalos and student EMTs with (second from right) Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Cedar Crest College was the recipient of the 2010 Francis R. Bear Fire Prevention Award, given to a local organization that has partnered with Allentown Fire Department to create a safer workplace. The award was presented during the department’s fire prevention and awards ceremony on Monday, Oct. 11.

Fire Marshall Frederick J. Scheirer said Cedar Crest has been diligent in providing fire safety training programs on campus, including one to better educate resident assistants (RAs) on dormitory fire safety. Scheirer gave “extra credit” to Campus Police Chief Mark Vitalos for his efforts to partner with local fire officials. Vitalos was on hand to accept the award on behalf of Cedar Crest College, as were student EMTs Ashley Dymond, Kimberly Lippincott and Jessica LeBel.

“Receiving the Francis R. Bear Award was a wonderful honor for Cedar Crest College,” said Vitalos. One of the primary goals of the College is to provide a safe and comfortable learning, living and work environment for our students, faculty and staff. To that end, I am very thankful and proud of the partnership that has been forged between the Allentown Fire Department and Cedar Crest College.”