It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Firefighter Otto J. Skrovanek.

Otto Joseph Skrovanek passed peacefully on June 22nd. Otto was born in Allentown. He served in the Army Air Force as a nose gunner during World War II, earning the rank of staff sergeant in the 15th Division. During his life, he worked as a firefighter for the city of Allentown. He enjoyed golf, bowling, and singing with his friends. Otto had a fine sense of humor and shared it often. He was always quick to extend a “Hello” to everyone he met. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He is again holding hands with his best friend and spouse, Anna May Skrovanek. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

Otto was the son of Anton and Frances (Anderko) Skrovanek. He will be dearly missed by his children, Darryl (Norma), Leo (Pamela), Susan (Freeman), and Michael (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Laura, Stephanie, Ross, and Natasha; and great-granddaughter, Isabel.

A Catholic service will be offered at 10:00 AM Friday, June 26th at Weber Funeral Home 502 Ridge Avenue Allentown, PA 18102. Burial with military honors will be private. Online condolences may be made at



It has been brought to my attention that at city-wide meetings there have been discussions and concerns that AFD, APD, AEMS are not complying with the mask-wearing in stations as well as in the public at times.  With some asking that discipline be used to have us comply.


I encourage all of you when making contact with other city employees or the public to please wear your mask.  If a city employee or the public enters a firehouse do one of the following.  Avoid the area that they are operating in if you have no reason to be in contact with them or don one of the masks provided to you by the city.


To be clear I do find irony in the fact that City administrators who regularly ask us to work in unsafe conditions( equipment, PPE, and manpower) question our actions in our living spaces with regards to masks.  Fire Administration has communicated a message that we are very proactive and responsible for sanitation and protection.


Thank you as always and reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Jeremy Warmkessel

President, IAFF Local 302



Due to the COVID-19 guidelines and the fact that Lehigh County is not entering the green phase until next week I am changing location of the JUNE union meetings being held on June 22nd and 29th to Jack’s Slice outside pavilions at the Allentown Municipal golf course.


This meeting will include a vote on the  proposed by-law changes that you have received.


I will have a member of Local 302 stationed at the American Legion from 1915 hrs to 1945 hrs to redirect the attendees should they not receive this message.


I look forward to seeing you there.  There will not be union meetings in July or August.





Attention :

Local 302 Members

Due to the cancellation of the regularly scheduled IAFF Local 302 May Union Meetings, the proposed By-Law change meeting will take place during Junes meetings which will be rescheduled to June 22nd and 29th.

   The meetings will be held at the American Legion Post 576,

1615 Sumner Ave. Allentown, Pa 18102.



    Jeremy Warmkessel

    President, Local 302 IAFF

Attached is the second MOU for the time period April 13, 2020- April 27, 2020.  On pay stub, it currently lists the day as Sick Leave incentive.  On eservices with your explanation of benefits page, it is listed as COVID 19 Days.  The City admin is currently looking to see why it is listed differently.


Please review and make sure it has 12 hours listed.  If it does not contact me.


[email protected]


484 223 7276.

Click for COVID_2_banked day MOU Download…