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Donations Being Accepted for 'Leithsville Building Fund'

Se-Wy-Co Fire Company has established a fund for donations to help rebuild the Leithsville Fire Company. The station building was destroyed by a May 24 accident that sparked a massive fire.

in Lower Saucon Township has established a webpage that provides information about how to donate toward the rebuilding of the Leithsville fire station.

Supporters are being directed to send donations to Se-Wy-Co Fire Company, 3621 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18015, and to write "Leithsville Building Fund" on their checks. 

said in an email that the company is also "working on an online option" for donors. 

--a Route 412 landmark for decades--was destroyed on the afternoon of May 24 after .

Springtown, Bucks County resident was killed in the accident and the driver of the dump truck, Michael Thomas, 42, suffered serious burns.

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In addition to the station, three fire company vehicles were lost in the blaze.

On their website, the Se-Wy-Co and Leithsville volunteers are thanking local residents and friends from across the state "for showing such great support during our time of need."

"We especially want to thank our brotherhood of fellow firefighters for their overwhelming response," the statement says.

The two companies are in the process of completing a state-approved merger, and .

In a press release issued Wednesday, company leadership said "there will be no impact on services provided by the Se-Wy-Co/Leithsville Fire Company to the residents and businesses of Lower Saucon Township."

The company has "added additional apparatus to be dispatched on calls from neighboring departments to supplement the loss of our fire apparatus," according to the release.

According to the Se-Wy-Co website, several fundraisers for the Leithsville Building Fund are already planned.

The first will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast in the Leithsville Social Hall, 1995 Leithsville Road, Hellertown, on Sunday, June 10 from 8am to noon.

The social hall, which is adjacent to the station, was not damaged in last week's fire.

For more information, visit www.sewyco-fc.org and click on "Leithsville Fire Station."

charles hampton May 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I assume that the LFC property was properly insured. Would the insurance proceeds not be sufficient to cover the rebuilding and equipment loss?
Keri Diamond May 31, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Has any insurance company ever fully covered anything? They lost everything, all equipment, trucks etc. and the building itself! The LFC has kept our families safe for years and years, I think the least we can do is help them out in this time of need!
Stephanie Brown May 31, 2012 at 04:10 PM
The fire companies are always in need of donations, but I agree, until the insurance company pays up and a plan can be made as to what is needed, raising money for the buidling fund is questionable. People do want to help, but the economy is still bad and money is tight for many.
Adele May 31, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I agree with u Keri!! They put their time and life on the line all the time the least we can do is donate money to help them out!!! They set up a fund to cover additional expenses insurance don't cover!! It's not like we r giving these men and women a pay check!! And I gaurentee when it comes time to help others out they will NOT use the economy and not having enough money as an excuse!!!
raysmom May 31, 2012 at 05:08 PM
There will be several events and benefits to help Leithsville! If everyone support one or two (OR ALL!) of these, we as a community can help re-build!!! The insurance IS NOT going to cover decades of hard work and donations!!!
Steve June 01, 2012 at 01:32 AM
"The insurance IS NOT going to cover decades of hard work and donations!!!" What ????? FYI Insurance covers physical structures and equipment.....there is no such thing as insurance for "decades of hard work and donations". I assume there was insurance on the property and equipment itself and also there might be reimbursement under the insurance policy of the parties who caused the incident. I for one would think that between both policies there might be ample funds to cover building construction and equipment replacement. Since determing insurance payments may be timely I am suprised that a building fund was created so quickly without any public disclosure regarding the net shortage (if any) after insurance payments. I think some financial disclosure is necessary here. Was there no insurance on the building and equipment ? What about the insurance from the causing party ?
Bob June 01, 2012 at 03:30 PM
You people are incredible. I can't believe the mind set of some of you. Remember, these men and women are volunteers, they put in hundreds and hundreds of hours a year to protect your community. All they ask for in return is a donation of what you can afford or attend a breakfast or other fundraiser's. You complain about the economy. Just wait, it wont be long until the communities around here will be forced to go to a paid fire company. Then regardless of the economy your taxes will skyrocket to support a paid company. Dust the cob webs out of your wallets or take your family to breakfast. Maybe you could even volunteer some of your time. Wake up and support what you have, You can't go wrong
Hellertown90 June 04, 2012 at 04:47 AM
What about the person who died in the fire and his family shouldn't they get alittle help to with money or even a thought about them. Ya the fire station and the trucks were lost but they can be replaced. You can't replace a life i think everyone should step back and notice that someone died here and no one cares for him/family. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family
Mary Anne Looby June 04, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I agree with the comments about the gentleman who lost his life through no fault of his own. Minding his own business on his way home from work and in a flash it is over. Everyone keeps harping about the men and women who lost so much. No one from the fire company was killed or even injured. I appreciate the volunteerism that these folks show, but most of them have full time jobs. Yes they have lost a their fire station, but it can be rebuilt. Equipment can be replaced, and who ever runs the show over there should know how much the insurance is going to cover. The dump truck that caused the fire is from a company that must carry insurance. I think everyone is jumping the gun. Why not take a deep breath and wait for the information to become public, if it does.
Mary Anne Looby June 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I am sure there will be legal action taken against the trucking company.
Steve July 26, 2012 at 06:59 PM
<The insurance IS NOT going to cover decades of hard work and donations!!!> Based upon your statement you must know what the insurance proceeds will be and you must also be placing some dollar value on the "decades of hard work an donations" Please share that information with us.

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