It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Allentown Fire Inspector Art Kline, Jr.


 Arthur D. Kline, Jr., 86, of Allentown, died on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp. He was the husband of Linda M. (Snyder) Kline. The couple would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on July 9th. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Arthur D., Sr. and Cora (Laubach) Kline. Arthur was a Firefighter for the City of Allentown for 28 years, retiring as an Inspector in 1991. He was a volunteer with the American Red Cross for 40 years where he was a member of the Disaster Team for 10 years. Arthur was a member of the F & AM Greenleaf Lodge #561 in Allentown and was a member of the Hillbillies. He was a Naval Veteran serving during the Korean War, earned 5 Merit Badges with the Boy Scouts, and was a member of the National Campers Travelers.

Survivors: Wife, Linda; Daughter, Tammy E. Polczynski and her husband Werner; Son, Richard Kline; and Grandchildren, Zachary, Travis, and Nicholas Kline.

Services: Private, Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

NOTE:  “BeneFIT” Portal is Easy to Access, Keeps Track of Requirements & is Mobile Friendly. We highly recommend taking the time to register as it will blaze a trail for all your wellness credits.




This past year has bought all of us so many challenges. We have all learned to do many things in ways never before imagined.

During such trying times it has become difficult to stay on track with taking care of yourself and so many new stresses in our day – to – day lives.

We are excited to introduce a FREEWellness Program Portal for Police, Fire and Non – Bargaining Employees and Spouses currently enrolled in medical coverage via the City of Allentown.

The Wellness Program Portal makes taking care of yourself and staying motivated easier than ever!!  You and your spouse will have access to various healthcare resources,

health coaching, live and pre – recorded webinars, weight management and various health/ wellness challenges throughout the year.

Submit and track you and your spouse’s annual wellness incentive requirements as well.

Please refer to the attached informational flyer for more information on the program and easy – to – follow instructions on how to register.  You and Your Spouse must register separately.

Register TODAY…  Enroll by February 14thfor our 1st Challenge…  “Better Bites”.   Participation in this challenge will count as a wellness incentive requirement!!!


*Mobile – Friendly Portal


Thank you,



Retired Firefighter Barry Warmkessel is once again selling shirts to raise monies for Cancer Research.  They are Short sleeves, sleeveless and Long sleeves.  He does a 500-mile bike.  There are samples located at Central Fire Station.  The colors and styles are on the order form.
Can pay by Venmo, Paypal, Cash, or Check.
***forms will be collected February 26, 2021***

Good Morning,


Below is a link to a video explaining our new PPO plan and wellness incentive program. Please pay close attention to the end of the video where wellness incentive items are shown. The City has implemented a wellness incentive program for employees and spouses. In order to continue paying .5% of the healthcare premium for 2022, both you and your spouse will have to complete annual wellness requirements and submit documentation of completion. Attached is a wellness form to be completed by both you and your spouse. Submission of wellness requirements are to be received by Human Resources no later than December 1, 2021. For 2021, the wellness requirements are the mandatory Teladoc registration (you and your spouse must register separately) plus 3 of the of wellness items listed on the attached form and video. Teladoc registration is only done once, therefore 2022 wellness requirements will be completion of only 3 of the wellness items to continue paying the lower healthcare premium for the following year.


City of Allentown 2021 Open Enrollment Fire Department


If you have trouble opening the link, it can be opened by holding down the Ctrl button and clicking on the link.


Thank you,




The Allentown Health Bureau is canceling COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2 at the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds due to the impending snowstorm and anticipated clean-up.


  1. If your appointment was on Monday, February 1, it is being rescheduled for Wednesday, February 3 at the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
  2. If your appointment was on Tuesday, February 2, it is being rescheduled to Thursday, February 4 at the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
  3. Your appointment time remains the same.
  4. Wednesday & Thursday appointments will still take place as scheduled.
  5. Those being vaccinated are asked to stay in their car until 5 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time.

    Persons with Monday and Tuesday appointments who supplied an email address will also be notified by email.

Hi Everyone,


I wanted to let you know the errors in Eden have been corrected to the correct bi-weekly deduction as per the CBA.  However, since we had Eden Payroll issues the first deduction was not taken out on the pay of 01/15/21.  Including the pay of 01/29/21, we have 25 pay periods left this year.  I have spread the missed deduction over the 25 pays so it’s going to be a couple of dollars more.  Here are the bi-weekly deduction amounts for the remainder of the year:


  • Employee Only        =        $29.12
  • Employee/Spouse    =       $58.24
  • Employee/Child       =       $38.38
  • Employee/Children =        $47.78
  • Employee/Family     =        $68.64


I also ran a report in Eden to confirm the names below were the only ones that had an incorrect bi-weekly deduction the pay of 01/15/21.  There were a total of 10 firefighters, all with the employee/family plan, that had a deduction of $30.46 instead of $66.  So they do not end up overpaying I adjusted their deduction for the pay of 01/29/21 to $38.18 and will begin the correct deduction of $68.64 the pay of 02/12/21.  Here are is the list of firefighters:


  • Kevin Baer
  • Trevor Beers
  • Andrew Drake
  • Jonas Gostonyi
  • Dustin Grow
  • William Held
  • Chad Long
  • Michael Machette
  • Aaron Pychinka
  • Michael Zellin


Have a good weekend.



Good afternoon,


Technical Issue

We have been made aware of a technical glitch that has impacted our payroll processing.   HR and Payroll have been working with our partners at Tyler Eden throughout the day today to try to resolve this issue as soon as possible.   We realize that a fix will not be in place in time to run the city payroll.   Our priority is for all employees to get paid on time and this issue was holding up our ability to finalize payroll.  A decision has been made to run this week’s payroll without the usual medical deductions.  This change will affect Fire and Non-Bargaining for this week’s pay only.


What this means

Your paycheck on Friday, January 15, 2021, will not include medical coverage deductions.   This will not impact your coverage, your insurance is still intact.   We will distribute the payment scheduled for this pay over the remaining 2021 pay periods.


Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this technical issue.



Best Regards,

Your HR and your Payroll Team


Contact Jeremy at [email protected] if you were charged.

Retired guys disregard this info….


Please review the video from President Warmkessel regarding Medical cards, wageworks, TELEDOC, and wellness initiatives.  Also, review the documents attached as well as the tutorial from BSI about our plan and it’s services.


Employee and enrolled spouse need to complete the following activities by November 30, 2021:


•            All employees MUST register with Teladoc, plus complete any 3 activities that fall under the below categories:


  1. Annual Preventative Screenings
    1. Includes dental cleanings, vision exam, mammogram, colonoscopy, an annual physical,


  1. Attend any of the wellness exhibits


  1. Capital BlueCross Online Personal Profile (health risk assessment)
    1. COA is not provided the individual results of the assessments and all information is HIPAA protected through Capital


Employees and spouses enrolled in the PPO plan will avoid paying 10% in employee contributions effective 1/1/2022


Click the link below for a Video presentation on Benefits.

City of Allentown_202 Fire Open Enrollment Video

Brothers, funeral services for our fallen Brother Mark “Dewey” Kulp will be held this Friday and Saturday at:


Theo C Auman Funeral Home

247 Penn Street

Reading, PA 19601


VIEWING: Friday evening 1/15/2020 from 5:00pm-8:00pm and also Saturday 1/16/2020 from 11:00am-1:00pm

SERVICE: Saturday 1:00pm


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the IAFF Burn Foundation

Pease keep Deweys family at home and at the Fire Stations in your prayers.

Anyone interested in going email [email protected]

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Stephen Sunday, IAFF 4th District Local 60, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Brother Sunday, 28, passed away on December 29, 2020, from complications of Covid-19.

The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at noon at St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton, Pennsylvania 18504; telephone: (570) 344-2679. Visitation will be from 9:00 am to 11:45 at the church. Social distancing and masks are required.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to IAFF Local 60, PO Box 4042, Scranton PA 18505-6042. Please continue to keep the family, friends, and coworkers of Brother Sunday in your thoughts and prayers.

It is a Firefighter service. However, the City will not let anyone gather after the funeral and no visitors are allowed in the Firehouses due to Covid.

Viewing 9:00-11:45

Church Service 12:00

March to the cemetery after service (about a mile)

Then released

If you are interested in going Text Lt. Warmkessel (484) 223-7276