PLAINS TWP. — The Board of Commissioners opened Thursday’s regular meeting with a ceremony honoring municipal firefighter Andy Shedlock, who was severely injured when part of a wall and ceiling collapsed on him during a Feb. 2012 fire.
Despite being injured, Shedlock prevented two other firefighters from entering the building, saving them from injury.
The 38-year-old Laflin native, who has resided in Plains for the last 12 years, is a six-year veteran with the department.
Although doctors assured him he would not return to work until August 2012, he was back on duty by June.
His bravery was also recognized by Liberty Mutual Insurance, who awarded him with their annual Firemark Award for Heroism.
Shedlock is now in the running to receive Liberty Mutual’s National Firemark Award, which could carry with it a grant of $10,000 for the Plains Fire Department.
Plains also officially announced the promotion of firefighter Mike Gillott, 34, from part time to full time.
Gillott, originally of Scranton, now lives in Plains and has previously served on the Dunmore Fire Department.
In other matters, the board held its first tentative 2014 budget reading. The balanced budget features $9,460,487 in revenues and expenditures with the tax rate remaining unchanged at 1.77 mills.
One change in this year’s budget, highlighted by commissioner Ciro Cinti, allows for a pilot children’s arts and craft program to be held at the Plains Township Municipal Park in Birchwood Hills this summer. It has been several decades since anything like this has been offered by the township.
The next regular meeting of the board will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12.