Five Sugarcreek Borough Citizen Heroes Honored at Borough Council Meeting

| April 20, 2017

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Sugarcreek Borough mayor Jeff MacKenzie, the Sugarcreek Police Department, the Sugarcreek Borough Council and the Reno Volunteer Fire Department recognized five citizen heroes at Wednesday’s council meeting.

(Photo: From left: Bob Newsome, Ronald Campbell, Travis Berry, Lindsey Switzer and Richard Switzer III)

Recognized were Travis Berry, Ronald Campbell, Richard Switzer III, Bob Newsome and Lindsey Switzer for their action April 6 in saving the life of Patty Zinz, whose house caught fire on Chestnut Street in Reno.

“Travis Berry, Ronald Campbell, Richard Switzer II, Bob Newsome and Lindsey Switzer did, without hesitation, upon learning of a female resident that was trapped within the almost fully involved structure, join each other and immediately effect a rescue from a rear second floor window utilizing a ladder,” the proclamation read in part.

Watch MacKenzie read the proclamation.

Each borough resident received a two plaques, one from the borough and one from Reno Volunteer Fire Department.


Borough resident Linda Turner again questioned council about its lack of commitment to the borough’s police department.

“At the last meeting I was at you spent over $170,000 to buy a new dump truck,” Turner said. “But at the last meeting, you wouldn’t buy the police department a new car for $16,000. The dog will not be in the car. You need to reconsider. I, for one, appreciate the police.”

MacKenzie lauded Turner for speaking up.

“Well said,” MacKenzie stated.


Jerry Woods informed the council of an open carry event being held in Franklin from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 13 at Fountain Park.

Woods said it would be a three-prong event including an open carry walk, a Second Amendment Rally and the burning of the United Nations’ flag.

“We would like to see a lot of people come out,” Woods said. “It’s a family thing. We would love to see women and children at the event. We want people to see we aren’t just a bunch of rednecks. It’s a Second Amendment rally. It’s us expressing our freedom of speech.”


In other business the council:

  • Approved the use of the Venango County Fire Police for the Rocky Grove Fireman’s Parade and fireworks June 28 (parade) and June 30 (fireworks). The fire police would be used from 5 p.m. until the end of the parade and from 6 p.m. until the end of the fireworks. In similar action, the use of the Venango County Fire Police for the July 22 Soapbox Derby was also approved. The fire police would be used from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.
  • Voted in favor of the ordinance to clean up the language in the borough’s prior pension ordinance as mentioned at the April 5 council meeting by solicitor Brian Spaid.
  • Reminded borough residents that the Spring Clean Up Day in the borough is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22.
  • Heard from borough manager Joe Sporer in response to a question from the public that the inspection of the inside of the water tank should take place sometime in May
  • Agreed, after a request from councilman John McClelland, to hold a budget workshop meeting at 7 p.m. May 24 at the borough building. While the meeting will be open to the public, the public will not be allowed to comment.

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