“Pocono Proud” Event to Recognize Community Response

HAWLEY – Area legislators, along with local officials, are organizing a community “thank you” on Tuesday, Nov. 18 to honor the first responders, businesses, nonprofits and citizens who supported the Pennsylvania State Police following the fatal shooting at its Blooming Grove Barracks.

Sen. Lisa Baker said it was important to come together to show everyone we are Pocono Proud and to offer our appreciation.

“An emergency plan is only as good as the individuals implementing it,” she said.  “This was an unprecedented event that demonstrated the abilities and readiness of our municipal and county governments, law enforcement, and emergency personnel.”

Baker also complimented the numerous groups and individuals who came together in such a heartwarming way to offer encouragement and assistance.

“From families who cooked hot meals for the searchers, to small children who collected money, to businessmen and women who unselfishly donated goods and services, this community showed its true colors.  It was—and continues to be—inspiring to watch.”

Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, Sen. Lisa Baker, Sen. John Blake, Sen.-Elect Mario Scavello, Rep. Rosemary Brown, and Rep. Mike Peifer will be on hand for Tuesday’s recognition ceremony.  Senators Bob Casey, Pat Toomey and Congressman Tom Marino have also been invited to participate.

The celebration will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the auditorium at Pocono Mountain East Junior High School, Pocono Mountain School Road, Swiftwater, from 11 am to 1 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  The public is warmly invited to attend.

Baker added that although every effort is being made to develop a comprehensive list, it is possible for someone to be overlooked.  She encourages anyone with suggestions on those deserving of recognition to contact her Hawley office at (570) 226-5960.


Andrew Seder
(570) 226-5960


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