Editor’s note: This article by longtime Shamokin fire commissioner and safety director Claude E. Kehler Jr. appeared in the July 1971 publication of Fire Engineering. An accompanying photo of the fire taken by News-Item photographer Harry Deitz, which showed flames shooting from the steeple of St. Edward’s Church, was transmitted around the world by The Associated Press. The photo won first place in the annual AP Best Photo of the Year Contest.

SHAMOKIN — In Shamokin, St. Edward’s Church has long been looked upon as a historic landmark by area residents.

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