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Jim Thorpe, May 7, 2016 – For the fourth consecutive year Carbon County Safety Day has kicked off the summer season promoting safety and offering area families a free day of fun at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

The event is hosted by state Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), the Carbon County commissioners, Kid Zone Blue Mountain Health System, Carbon Masonic Lodge No. 242 and the Nolan Ritchie Staying Afloat Foundation.

This year the day included special recognition for Carbon County’s junior firefighters and youth volunteers of area fire departments who were given certificates for their service.

“At a time when the number of volunteers is dropping, it is a pleasure to honor these young men and women who see the need and are giving their time to help local fire companies in a variety of ways,” said Senator Yudichak.

A number of agencies set up displays in the park to educate area families about water safety, animal safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, poison control and more.

Participating agencies included state Rep. Doyle Heffley’s office, SHINE(Students and Home In Education) , Pathstone Head Start, Blue Mountain Health System, Right From The Start, Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, the County Animal Response Team, CERT, Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, Family Promise, Carbon County Children’s Team, Pennsylvania State Police, American Red Cross, Penn State Master Gardeners, New York Life, the Nolan Ritchie Staying Afloat Foundation, St. Luke’s, Radio Station WMGH, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, Pre-K Counts, Carbon County Amateur Radio Club, the Pyramid, Carbon County Action Committee, Friends of Beltzville State Park, CareNet of Carbon County and Turn To Us.

Approximately a dozen area volunteer fire companies and medical helicopters from St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network allowed attendees to see their equipment up close.

Prizes included bicycles and a wagon that were raffled off in a free giveaway. The bicycle team, The Jim Thorpers, through the Masons, donated one-thousand dollars worth of bicycles and an additional dozen bikes were purchased and given away.

Refreshment donations came from Aetna, Redner’s Warehouse Markets, Stroehmann’s Bakery, Hatfield Quality Meats, McDonald’s, Hazle Park, Herr’s, Zimmerman’s Iced Tea and Dale Ott.

Major sponsors for the event included: State Senator John Yudichak, Carbon County, Carbon Lodge No. 242 Free & Accepted Masons, Jim Thorpe National Bank, Mauch Chunk Trust Company, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Blue Mountain Health System, Nolan Ritchie Staying Afloat Foundation, SHINE, Carbon County Lions/Lioness Fair Association, WMGH/WLSH Radio, and Walmart.