Good Morning,
Below is the sign-up link for the Honor Guard Detail for Asst. Chief Chris Kiskeravage’s service.
A schedule will be created with equal representation from each department and emailed out at a later date.
WHO: Allentown Fire Department | Easton Fire Department | South Whitehall Township Honor Guards

WHAT: Honor Guard Detail | Urn watch (2 FF) and Door Ushers (4 FF)
WHEN: July 12th Wednesday @ 0900 – 1300
WHERE: Cathedral of St. Catharine of Sienna | 1825 W Turner St, Allentown, PA 18104
UNIFORM: Class A – White Gloves – Thin Red Line Badge Cover

QUESTIONS: Cell: (484)-560-1285 Email: [email protected]

Those attending the Pratt viewing/service on Thursday 6/22:

Calling hours are 09:30-11:00. Service will follow (unk how long). Our casket watch will start 15 min prior to actual calling hours so the watch is in place before people start coming through.

Pallbearers: Procession to Highland Park Cemetery after service.

When arriving at LifeChurch (1609 Trexlertown Rd, Macungie), turn into the parking lot and follow the road left and around the back of the building. This will lead you to their large grass/stone overflow lot. Please park there. There is an entrance by that lot on the North side of the building for you to use.

Those doing casket watch please try to arrive at least 30 min before your time slot so we can go over the proper casket watch movements.

Thanks

Johnathan “Big John” L. Pratt, 67, of Lower Macungie, passed away in his home on June 16, 2023. He was the husband of Kelly (Horton) Pratt and they celebrated 39 years of marriage. Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late John L. and Isabelle J. (Kelley) Pratt. John was a professional firefighter for the City of Allentown for 25 years until his retirement and he served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors: Wife; Daughters, Anneice and Savannah Pratt; Granddaughter, Sloane Pratt; Brothers, Michael Kelley and Skip Dunston.

Services: 11 AM Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Life Church, 1609 Trexlertown Road, Macungie. A viewing will be held from 9:30-11 AM Thursday in the church. Interment to follow at Highland Memorial Park, Allentown. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, Allentown, www.BKRFH.com

To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Johnathan “Big John” L. Pratt, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Assistant Chief For Training Chris Kiskeravager.

Chris Kiskeravage, 56 of South Whitehall Twp. Formerly of Allentown and Shenandoah PA passed away Friday, June 9th, 2023. He was the husband of Andrea (Weber) Kiskeravage, celebrating 36 years of marriage on May 23rd. He was a 1985 graduate of Cardinal Brennan High School in Fountain Springs Pa.

Chris was a volunteer with Shenandoah Ambulance Corp as a teen and continued life as a career Firefighter and Paramedic. He worked at Cetronia Ambulance the former ALSS as a paramedic and a member of the I.A.F.F. for Easton Fire Department from 1989-1996, Allentown Fire Department from 1996-2019 retiring as Assistant Chief. He was a member of the Lehigh County Special Operations team, Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Co. #3. Chris was also a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Instructor. He was instrumental in the development of the Allentown Fire Department Technical Rescue team. After retiring from Allentown where he was in command of the fire academy, he was appointed as South Whitehall Townships’ first Fire Commissioner.

He trained firefighters across the globe with Bucks County Community College’s Fire and Public Safety. He had traveled to Korea, Japan, Italy, and Romania as well as across the United States teaching EMT, fire suppression, hazmat, and more. His passion for fire education and training was evident even in death as he chose to donate his body to science, in his words “to teach one more class.” Hoping to find ways to make the job safer for all who follow.

In his off hours, he enjoyed being on his pontoon boat in the Rehoboth Bay crabbing as well as Scuba Diving in Belize, Bonaire, Bermuda, and locally with the Allentown Fire Department Dive team.

Chris loved his family and was blessed with 3 children Theodore (Brianna) and granddaughter Natalia, Alexander (Felicity) grandson Warren, and daughter Kathryn.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, mother Regina (Jean) Kiskeravage, Foster son Brandon Franklin (Ashley), and their children Liam, Noah, and Makenzie. Cousins Stefan Kowalonek, Stefanie Meskunas, and Stacie Green along with their families.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Sienna 1825 Turner St Allentown PA on Wednesday, July 12th at noon. Calling hours are 10 am-12 pm.

It was a clean sweep yesterday. All of our candidates won their primary except Superior Court. Won: Supreme Court Justice, Both Council seats, both County Commissioners, Sheriff, and Coroner.

Our friends were extremely appreciative of our support at the polls. We were told last night by one of the candidates “Thank you. I have your backs!” This is why we need help at the polls, we have a big impact and candidates know it.

Special thanks to Retired brother Kresege Sr., Retired brother Held, and brothers Eddleman, Groller, Richetta, Bolton, Wentz, and Pierce. Your presence was huge and your support is what makes this possible.

In the Nov. general, we could possibly be facing a referendum, if passed, will require deep cuts to our budget. We will need a lot more help at the polls. Politics are not fun but it impacts all of us whether you agree with it or not. All of our successes as a union is due to having friends in the right places. We need all of our member’s support to continue this progress.

Again, great day yesterday, and thank you to those who support our PAC fund and those who man polls.

In Solidarity,

Local 302 Executive Board

Tomorrow is election day and we still need guys. It would be great to get some new guys out to connect with the community as well as help out the Local and the department. We need the old guys too. Come out a help protect our safety and working conditions.

Contact Perreault (484)-892-1787 for details.

In solidarity,

Local 302 Executive Board 

Once again we’re up against it with our candidates. We have two Council people we need to retain. 

With that said, we need your help to man polls Tuesday, May 16th. We will need to fill two shifts morning and afternoon. The morning will be from 0730 to 11, we’ll meet up for lunch at noon, the afternoon will be from 3 to 7ish. The more guys we get the less time individuals have to man a poll. It would be nice to see new guys come out and see what we’ve been doing to make sure our jobs and safety are protected.

We all need to invest our time in holding on to our friends who make decisions that affect our working conditions. We are one bad election away from having to defend our benefits.

Call Perreault (484)892-1787 for details. 

Thank you,

Local 302 Executive Board

Here we are, another year and another parade. This Sunday, March 19th is the Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are once again marching in the Labor Union division.

For all those who have never been, it is a great time. We will be providing Guiness Chili and drinks. Our brothers and sisters of the Trade Unions provide a variety of food and drinks as well.

This is a great time to show your Local 302 pride while having fun. Families are welcome and encouraged. The parade can become a fantastic family tradition.

Sunday, March 19th 11:45ish to finish around 4. Enter the fairgrounds off Chew St,
Ritz entrance. Parking will be across from the Fairgrounds Market entrance closest to Ritz. Wear your Local 302 St Paddy s shirt. Please contact Perreault (484)892-1787, to let him know you’re attending and for any questions.

We look forward to seeing you,

Executive Board

 Attached is the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Allentown and Local 302 IAFF with regards to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act.
 If you currently have a medical card or are prescribed one in the future any urinalysis that shows positive for marijuana will be treated as a negative test.
 We are currently working on a exact procedure for the member to file their card with the appropriate person, but until then if you test positive you will have to produce your medical card.
 IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MEDICAL CARD AND HAVE A POSITIVE TEST YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE CURRENT CBA LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT TO THE PROCEDURE IN PLACE INCLUDING DISCIPLINARY ACTION.