KULPMONT — Firefighters and law enforcement personnel and vehicles from local, county and state agencies will participate in a parade as part of Saturday’s inaugural First Responders Day sponsored by Kulpmont100 Inc.
“This will be a day of observance to raise awareness, support and honor our area’s first responders,” said Dave Shinskie, committee secretary and retired state police sergeant.
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and include personnel and apparatus from Northumberland County and a few from neighboring counties. The grand marshal is Chet Gard, a life member of Kulpmont’s fire companies, American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Holy Angel’s Parish Holy Name Society.
A U.S. military veteran, Gard said, “I am proud to have been selected to represent our first responders and I thank them for the difficult job they do by putting their lives on the line to protect our communities and our way of life.”
Shinskie said a cavalcade of four divisions, with four bands, more than 40 elements, a state police mounted honor guard and hundreds of volunteer firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement and other emergency response teams representing their jurisdictions will participate.
Also, the parade will include performances by national twirling champion Emelia Adam, the St. Louis de Montfort Academy Band from Herndon, along with selections from Kulpmont Our Boys Band, the Mount Carmel Area Big Red Band and Shenandoah Area High School Blue Devil Pride Band.
The parade route for marchers, including bands, and police units will start on Chestnut Street (Route 61) at Fifth Street at the east end of the borough and proceed west on Chestnut to 15th Street. All marchers and those operating police vehicles are asked to respond to the staging area by noon at the latest. Fire trucks will form at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex and will join the parade at Sixth and Chestnut.
Because of the parade, westbound traffic on Chestnut Street will be rerouted at Fourth Street to Spruce Street and eastbound traffic will be directed to Scott Street from about 10 a.m. to the conclusion of the parade at about 2:30 p.m. Motorists are asked to drive safely and be patient with traffic controllers.