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    Requiem For a Junior Firefighter

    Requiem For a Junior Firefighter

    ANTHONY J. SANFILIPPO
    Courtesy of The Daily Times, Delaware County, PA


    BROOKHAVEN, PA -- Christopher Kangas, an eighth-grader at Northley Junior High School and a junior fireman in Brookhaven, died early yesterday morning at Children's Hospital from multiple head traumas as a result of being struck by a 16-year-old driver while answering a fire call on his bicycle Saturday.

    "We're just devastated," said Jon Grant, President of the Brookhaven Fire Company. "He was just a great kid. I can't believe it happened. It's worse than a nightmare."

    Kangas, who would have turned 15 tomorrow, was responding to an alarm that he heard while sitting in the home of Brookhaven Policeman Mark Messner when the accident occurred.

    "We were just sitting there getting ready to have a barbecue and we heard the sirens," said Messner, who has only been on the Brookhaven police force for one of his 12 years in the field. "He was asking me, 'Is that us, is that us?' Then he got on his bike. I told him to be careful, and that I'd put the hamburgers on."

    Kangas proceeded to pedal to the Brookhaven Police Station where he checked in with Officer Adam Brown who was on patrol Saturday.

    "He asked me if I knew the nature of the alarm," said Brown, who has been on the Brookhaven force for nearly three years. "When I told him I didn't know he just left. The accident happened about two minutes later.

    "When I got the call that it was him I was stunned and shocked. I had just seen him. In my three years on the force, Saturday was one of the hardest and longest shifts that I've had to (endure)."

    Although the accident is still under investigation there is no indication of wrongdoing on the part of the driver according to Brookhaven Accident Investigator Richard Fuller.

    "Basically it's a tragic situation involving two inexperienced kids. One on a bike and one behind the wheel of a car," Fuller said.

    The driver of the car had only had his driver's license for two weeks prior to the accident.

    As it turns out, the fire call was not in Brookhaven at all.

    "We got a call to be on stand-by for a house fire in Concordville," said Grant. "We hadn't even left yet, when we got the call on Christopher's accident. We sent a truck over there right away, and our EMTs were doubly devastated to find out who it was when they arrived on the scene."

    Pennsylvania law does not allow junior firefighters to actually be involved with the fighting of a fire. They are not allowed in a burning building, or near a car fire. Yet, the time they spend in the firehouse gives them valuable experience.

    "He was learning the job," Grant said. "He was training at the fire house, and learning what it took to be a fireman. Mostly, when we would get a call, he would help us get ready to go, or stay back at the house to help out whoever was still around. Every free moment he had he was in the firehouse. All he wanted to do was be a fireman. It's what he enjoyed the most."

    Kangas had been a junior firefighter in Brookhaven for one year.

    Aside from spending a good amount of time in the firehouse, another of Kangas' hobbies was collecting trading cards. Most teenage boys collect trading cards of their favorite sports heroes, but Kangas wasn't interested in getting Barry Bonds, Shaquille O'Neal, or Donovan McNabb.

    "He was a real big collector of police officer trading cards," said Brown. "He would stop in the station pretty often, or stop us when we were out on patrol. Most of the time it was just to say hi, but he was really into those trading cards and was always asking us about them."

    Many of the Brookhaven police officers befriended Kangas, but none more than Messner.

    "He was my neighbor," said Messner. "He used to spend a lot of time at my house with me, my wife, and my 2-year-old daughter.

    "He always wanted to help out. If my wife was busy with something, Chris would be like a babysitter for my daughter and keep her occupied. If my wife came home from grocery shopping, Chris was right there to help her bring the bags in the house.

    "I told my wife if she absolutely had to go out of the house at night to ask Chris to go with her. He wouldn't even pause. He was willing to tag along with her anywhere she went. He was just a tremendous kid."

    As a tribute to Kangas, every Brookhaven fire truck and emergency response vehicle gathered at the accident sight yesterday where a number of fireman spoke to honor their fallen comrade.

    "We have a lot of young guys in the company," Grant said. "It hit them especially hard. They needed to say some things as part of the mourning process, and it was something nice for Christopher too."

    Despite the fact that Kangas did not die in an actual fire, Brookhaven Fire Company will provide him with full honors at his funeral.

    "We'll bring out all the trucks and everything for the kid, Grant said. "He died responding to a fire call as if he was on duty."

    A tragedy of this kind won't go away easily, especially for Messner and his family.

    "My daughter walked out on our lawn this morning and pointed to his house and said 'Chris. Chris,'" Messner said."She's only two years old. How do you explain to her that he's gone? There's no way. There's just no way."


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    Junior Firefighter: Youngest Line of Duty Death Ever?

    Junior Firefighter: Youngest Line of Duty Death Ever?

    LON SLEPICKA
    Firehouse.com Managing Editor


    Did Christopher Kangas, an eighth-grader at Northley Junior High School (PA) and a junior fireman in Brookhaven Fire Company, die in the line of duty as a result of being struck by a car on his bicycle while responding to his station which he thought was answering a fire call?

    That is a decision to be made and could possibly make him one of the youngest, at the age of 14, ever recognized in that manner.

    Several agencies are involved in some way with the determination. The U.S. Department of Justice recognizes Line-of-Duty Deaths in the Public Safety Officer's Benefit (PSOB) Program, which awards a monetary benefit to the victim's survivors. The award recognizes public safety officers whose deaths are "the direct and proximate result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty".

    Some particulars of Saturday's tragic accident will be determining factors. "We got a call to be on stand-by for a house fire in Concordville," Brookhaven Fire Department President Jon Grant told the Delaware County Times. "We hadn't even left yet, when we got the call on Christopher's accident."

    Under the PSOB Program, a public safety officer is a person serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or member of a public rescue squad or ambulance crew.

    Eileen Garry, Director of the Office of Benefits, Department of Justice PSOB Program, said they would have no comment on the case at this time without any pending request and further information from the department and family. "We would be glad to talk to the department and be glad to talk to the family and glad to do whatever it is we could do in helping the family and the department."

    Garry did say the regulations they follow have no age limit. "It is a matter of authority. A matter of whether or not this young man meets the definition of a public safety officer and we won't know that until we get the information from the family and department."

    Mark Whitney who produces the Firefighter Fatality Annual Report as a Fire Program Specialist with the U.S. Fire Administration, said in reference to the LODD designation, "It's a little early to call it definite but it sure looks like it qualifies to me."

    Their LODD notification would be provisional. "We go ahead and put out a notice and then make the final determination the first of the year. I am tending to think it probably qualifies for our on duty criteria," Whitney said.

    Whitney added they too have no age restriction. "If the department calls the person a firefighter and was on the duty, we rely on their judgement on that." "You got to just love these kids who already at that age are putting public service in their heads," he added.

    The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation annually honors Line-of-Duty deaths which they designate under criteria similar to DOJ's PSOB Program. Executive Director Ron Siarnicki said there were a number of questions yet to be answered in this situation and therefore would not venture to answer the LODD question yet. He did say that the Foundation honored a 16-year-old Virginia firefighter in 1996.

    According to the Delaware County Daily Times, "Pennsylvania law does not allow junior firefighters to actually be involved with the fighting of a fire. They are not allowed in a burning building, or near a car fire."

    The Times also reported that despite the fact that Kangas did not die in an actual fire, Brookhaven Fire Company would provide him with full honors at his funeral. "We'll bring out all the trucks and everything for the kid, (FD Company President Jon) Grant said. "He died responding to a fire call as if he was on duty."

    Officials at the Brookhaven Fire Company said the viewing and funeral for junior firefighter Christopher Kangas, 14, will take place on Thursday, May 9. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bateman Funeral Home in Brookhaven, followed by a procession to the Borough Hall at 2 Cambridge Road, where the memorial service will take place. Officials said Kangas, a one-year member of the department, will receive a full firefighter's funeral. Any company wishing to send apparatus may contact the station at 610-872-8093.

    The family requests that any donations be sent to the Brookhaven Fire Company, at 4218 Barlow in Brookhaven, PA 19015. The department can be reached by email at station52@brookhavenfd.org



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    Grief Unites Delaware County, Pennsylvannia Emergency Workers

    Grief Unites Delaware County, Pennsylvannia Emergency Workers

    ROSE QUINN and CINDY SCHARR
    Courtesy of The Daily Times, Delaware County, PA


    It's been a rough week for emergency rescuers in Delaware County. Last week, Media EMT Caterina DiGiacomo died of injuries she suffered in a two-car crash. The driver of the second car was an Upland Fire Co. volunteer, apparently on her way to a call in Brookhaven.

    Early Sunday, 14-year-old Chris Kangas died after being struck by a newly licensed 16-year-old. Kangas, a junior volunteer at Brookhaven Fire Co., was responding to an alarm that he heard while sitting in the home of a Brookhaven police officer.

    Caterina got her start in EMS at Leedom Fire Co. She moved to Media and joined her hometown company.

    "She loved running with Media Fire Co.," Leedom's Ambulance Capt. Jennifer Yingling told us.

    Soon after the accident involving Caterina, Brookhaven Fire Co. Chief Rob Montella told the Times that any time anything happens to a fellow volunteer, it hurts all of them.

    Montella was first on the scene at Kangas' accident.

    As Kangas - who would have turned 15 today -- lay at Children's Hospital, his brothers and sisters from Company 52 in Brookhaven were gathered there with him.

    One of the firefighters got close to his ear and whispered he was not alone. "Company 52 responding," he told Chris in the familiar firefighter exchange.

    Junior firefighters can suit up and practice with the pros, but Pennsylvania law prohibits them from actually fighting a fire.

    According to Brookhaven Fire Co. President Jon Grant, all Kangas wanted to do was to be a fireman.

    Chris will be buried Thursday with full honors. His casket will ride atop one of the trucks. He'll take one last ride by the home he shared with his mother in Hilltop - and the home he shared with fellow members of Company 52 at the firehouse.

    Caterina and Chris, thank you both for your dedicated service in Delaware County.

    Rest peacefully.



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    Fire 'Family' Bids a Sad Farewell

    Fire 'Family' Bids a Sad Farewell

    ROSE QUINN
    Courtesy of The Daily Times, Delaware County, PA


    In the end, Chris Kangas was with"family" yesterday. Fire horns sounded as First Engineer Dave Montella backed Engine 52-1 into the Brookhaven Fire Co. The station doors closed, leaving Kangas' mother, sisters, grandparents and other relatives alone with fellow Company 52 volunteers for a last tribute, a private goodbye.

    Slowly, uniformed firefighters lowered Kangas' silver casket from atop the shiny pumper to a cleared spot on the floor. Just a few feet away, black bunting was draped on the wall where the fallen junior firefighter's turnout gear once hung.

    As a lone piper played "Take Me Home," emotional company members offered their best - and final - salute to their young comrade who died Sunday of injuries after being struck by car on his way to answer a call.

    Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella stood for a moment at a memorial table with Kangas' mom, Julie Amber-Messick. The table was covered with numerous mementos tracing her 14-year-old son's life. There was a thank-you card to members from Kangas' sisters, Amanda and Christine.

    Still at the table, the boy's mother and his chief exchanged brief private words. On a day filled with tears, together they managed a laugh or two.

    Earlier at the Bateman Funeral Home, Montella and Amber-Messick stood at opposite ends of Kangas' open casket, greeting countless mourners young and old, uniformed and non-uniformed, from near and far.

    The line outside the funeral home began forming about 8:30 a.m. Ladder trucks from Garden City and Concordville formed an arch across Edgmont Avenue, almost joining the funeral home and the firehouse.

    Visitors paid respects 30 at a time.

    According to borough fire officials, as many as 350 firefighters and emergency personnel from 52 departments with 66 pieces of apparatus responded to Kangas' funeral call. Among them was a firefighter from Massachusetts who said he drove eight hours straight for the privilege to offer his condolences.

    Photographs were on display inside Bateman's. One montage showed Kangas with a fire hose and was labeled, "Aspiring Hero."

    The memorial card itself was a picture of Kangas in his fire gear.

    Kangas' dream was to be a full-fledged Brookhaven firefighter. Many who knew him best said he would have loved knowing that firefighters donated pieces of clothing so he could be laid out in a Class A fireman's uniform.

    Shortly before 1 p.m., pallbearers from the firehouse carried Kangas' flag-draped casket outside. They passed an honor guard. The casket was lifted atop the awaiting pumper.

    Engine 52-1 joined a long procession to nearby borough hall for a eulogy.

    Firefighter Chris Rodgers and junior firefighter Ryan Jackson rode on top with Kangas.

    Among those who spoke at the eulogy was Brookhaven's 2nd Assistant Chief Charles Leslie. Kangas was inquisitive from the get-go and at one point, wanted to know how long it would take him to become a fire chief, he recalled.

    "Somewhere," Leslie told the crowd, "Chris is a chief."

    Two hours later, Kangas' casket was returned to the fire station. Bugler Curry Moyer played "Taps" as borough firefighter/EMT Nicole Pagano and Lt. Ryan Cornog removed the flag, folded and presented it to Chief Montella to give to Kangas' mother.

    Brookhaven's First Assistant Chief Joe Zamonski presented her with Kangas' fire hat, while Leslie offered her a plaque thanking Kangas for his dedicated service.

    The family rejoined firefighters for a private ceremony inside the firehouse.

    It was from there that 18 Brookhaven firefighters answered their 123rd alarm for the year. The call - for a pedestrian struck on May 4 in the 100 block of East Maple came in at 5:49 p.m.

    The information is highlighted on the back wall .

    What volunteers didn't immediately know was that they were on their way to find Kangas lying in the street with injuries that would prove fatal hours later .



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    Kangas, Christopher

    Age: 14
    Rank: Junior Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 05/04/2002
    Incident Time: 17:49
    Death Date: 05/05/2002


    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Responding/Returning from Alarm
    Activity Type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Brookhaven Fire Company
    4218 Barlow
    Brookhaven, Pennsylvania 19015
    Chief: Robert Montella, Jr.

    Initial Summary:
    Junior Firefighter Kangas was responding on his bicycle to a fire incident when he was struck by a vehicle and died from injuries sustained, including head trauma, a few hours later.


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    The Chris Kangas Story: Firemen Fight For One of Their Own

    The Chris Kangas Story: Firemen Fight For One of Their Own

    ROSE QUINN
    Courtesy of The Times

    BROOKHAVEN - When his last fire alarm sounded, Chris Kangas eagerly hopped on his bike to answer the call.

    No questions, no hesitations. "He was a firefighter," Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella said.

    And when Kangas, 14, died of head injuries after being hit by a car while answering that call on May 4, 2002, he received a full hero

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    Hundreds Crowd Hall in Support of Kangas

    Hundreds Crowd Hall in Support of Kangas


    MATT ZAGER
    Courtesy of The Daily Times

    BROOKHAVEN -- A hearing Thursday to help decide if federal honors were due a fallen 14-year-old member of a fire company attracted so much attention, hundreds had to watch on a big screen from another section of the firehouse where the hearing went on.

    The U.S. Department of Justice declined in 2002 to add the name of the boy, Chris Kangas, to the National Fallen Firefighters

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    Battling For Young Pennsylvania Firefighter

    Battling For Young Pennsylvania Firefighter

    BROOKHAVEN, PA-January 20, 2004

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    U.S. Denies Benefits For Pennsylvania Junior Firefighter; Killed On Bicycle En Route To Call


    MARC SCHOGOL
    Courtesy of Philly.com

    The U.S. Justice Department has refused to change its ruling denying benefits to the family of a 14-year-old Delaware County volunteer firefighter killed by a car while bicycling to answer a fire alarm.

    As a result of the denial of the appeal from the Brookhaven youth's mother, U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) said yesterday that he had introduced the Christopher Kangas Fallen Firefighter Apprentice Act.

    It would retroactively prevent junior firefighters like Chris Kangas from being denied full firefighter status.

    "I just can't believe this," Kangas' widowed mother, Julie Amber-Messick, said yesterday. "I just think my son would be crushed to think he wasn't [considered] a firefighter."

    Amber-Messick, who got the news yesterday from Weldon and who still had not heard from the Justice Department, said she and her lawyer would consider whether to challenge the ruling in court.

    After Amber-Messick's son was killed May 4, 2002, Brookhaven and the state paid her about $270,000 in benefits. But the Justice Department refused to approve $267,000 in federal benefits or let Kangas' name be added to the National Fallen Firefighters' Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md.

    The Justice Department ruled that Kangas did not meet the definition of a public safety officer in the 1976 Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act.

    The decision outraged firefighters throughout the region, especially since it was dated Sept. 11, 2002 - one year after the events of 9/11 that turned first responders into national icons.

    At the appeals hearing in January at Brookhaven Fire Company No. 52, hundreds of volunteers cheered Weldon - who represents the district and who was a junior firefighter who became a fire chief - when he said that denying full benefits would send a terrible signal nationwide about public safety and homeland security.

    In a statement yesterday, Weldon, founder and chairman of the U.S. House Fire and Emergency Services Caucus, said: "Christopher's death was a horrendous tragedy and marked the loss of a local hero... . I am appalled that the Department of Justice has once again refused Christopher Kangas his rightful status as a firefighter."

    In its initial ruling after Kangas' death, the Justice Department said he "was not permitted to operate equipment or assist with fire suppression at fire scenes or enter hazardous atmospheres." Therefore, Kangas - an eighth grader at Northley Middle School - was just a trainee who "does not qualify as a public safety officer."

    Members of Company 52 angrily responded that although Kangas could not go into burning buildings or be on the fire line, he did assist at fire scenes and was was involved in life-saving and life-threatening situations.



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    Pennsylvania Teen, True Firefighter, Court Rules

    Jeff Price, The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)

    Mar. 30--"He was a firefighter!"

    Christopher Kangas' mother can say that now and have it mean something -- legally.

    Until this week, the U.S. Justice Department had denied the 14-year-old junior firefighter that proud title, literally devaluing the life of the Brookhaven boy who was struck and killed four years ago by a car while riding his bicycle to answer a fire alarm.

    Without the title, he was not eligible for federal death benefits, and, most important to his mother and his fellow firefighters, not eligible to have his name inscribed on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

    But Monday, after years of hearings and appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Marian Blank Horn said, in effect, he deserved to be treated better.

    "Christopher Kangas died 'in the line of duty' and was a 'firefighter' authorized to be at a fire scene and perform duties as part of a team engaged in the 'suppression of fires' at the time of his death," she wrote in Washington.

    Kangas' mother, Julie Amber-Messick, did not try to hide her joy.

    "I'm in shock," she said yesterday, reading again the judge's decision. "I keep looking at that paragraph, that he was a firefighter, that he was a member of a team -- we were right!

    "Me and Chris, versus the United States," she laughed, trying to put it all in perspective. "That's funny."

    The Justice Department had maintained that because Kangas, an eighth grader at Northley Middle School, was a junior firefighter, he was only a trainee and did not qualify as a public safety officer.

    Justice has 60 days to file a challenge, but Amber-Messick said Brookhaven fire officials and her attorney, Frank W. Daly, of Media, were optimistic no appeal would be pursued.

    Linda Eschbach, a paralegal with Daly's firm, concurred, saying Judge Horn's finding was strong.

    Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.), who has championed Kangas' cause from the beginning, immediately took steps to buttress the outcome. Yesterday, Weldon said he was introducing a congressional resolution to "urge the Justice Department not to appeal."

    Weldon has also introduced a bill "to expand the definition of a firefighter to include apprentices and trainees, regardless of age or duty limitations."

    A call to the Justice Department was not returned.

    "The future of America's fire service is in young people like Christopher Kangas," Weldon said in a statement, "and we cannot let them be forgotten."

    Philip C. Stittleburg, chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council, seconded Weldon: "When Christopher Kangas responded to a fire call and died tragically as a result, he was no different than any of the more than 100 firefighters who die each year risking their lives to protect lives and property of others."

    And that is what particularly angered members of Brookhaven Fire Company No. 52 about the Justice Department's denial of the family's claim. The department's logic left the bitter impression that because Kangas, as a junior firefighter, could not go into burning buildings, his contribution and, therefore, his death were somehow worth something less.

    "It's been such a long haul for us," said Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella. "We're so excited.

    "The ruling said he was part of a team in fighting fires, and that is so true."

    The fire company wasted no time in putting up its own memorial. Just days after Kangas' death on May 4, 2002, firefighters mounted a 5-foot-wide, 8-foot-tall wooden case in the firehouse. On exhibit were pictures of Kangas in his gear at the station and in parades. His helmet and fire coat are there, as well as some youthful icons -- the cans of Pepsi and packs of chewing gum he loved.

    Now, the nation can honor Kangas, too.

    If the Justice Department does not appeal, or if the ruling is upheld, Kangas' name will go up on the fallen firefighters monument in Emmitsburg, Md., and his family will qualify for a $250,000 benefit.

    "Money is great," Amber-Messick said, "but it is not the point. The point is to let these dedicated kids know what they are doing is worthwhile and that they are just as important as they feel."

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    D.C. Hearing Last Chance for Fallen Pennsylvania Junior Firefighter

    Updated: 01-11-2007 09:06:13 AM


    ROSE QUINN and CINDY SCHARR
    Courtesy of the Delco Daily Times


    BROOKHAVEN, Pa.-- Chris Kangas has got to be smiling, and keeping his fingers crossed. It's been a long fight to have the late junior firefighter from Brookhaven designated as a full-fledged firefighter, and yet another battle is scheduled today.

    A bus for Washington, D.C., is scheduled to leave from the Brookhaven firehouse at 5 a.m. If it's filled to capacity, as was expected, the 24 people in it are there solely to lend support to attorney Frank Daly, who has just 15 minutes to argue, once again, why the teen who was killed on the way to a fire deserves full firefighter status.

    Daly is appearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. But before Daly has his time on the clock today, Nancy M. Kim has 15 minutes to speak on behalf of the Department of Justice. They're scheduled for 10 a.m. in Courtroom 21, in the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building.

    Last May, the Justice Department appealed an earlier ruling by federal appeals Judge Marian Blank Horn, who ruled in favor of naming Kangas a firefighter.

    Kangas' mother, Julie Amber-Messick, had lost three previous appeals. She started her fight with the Justice Department in 2002.

    Chris Kangas was one day shy of his 15th birthday when he died en route to a fire in 2001. He was riding a bicycle at the time and was struck by a car.

    His funeral was one of both unimaginable sadness and indisputable pride.

    As many as 350 firefighters and emergency personnel from 52 departments with 66 pieces of apparatus responded to Kangas' "last call." One firefighter came from as far away as Massachusetts, driving eight straight hours for what he said was "the privilege" to offer his condolences.

    Kangas' dream was to be a firefighter.

    When he was buried, he was dressed in donated pieces of clothing that combined to make a Class A fireman's uniform.

    As a full-fledged firefighter, not only would Chris get his name on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md., his mother would receive federal death benefits worth more than $260,000. She has already received local and state benefits totaling about $270,000.

    Horn's decision was announced March 27. She said the federal definition for a "firefighter" was broader than the DOJ allowed.

    The Justice Department filed its appeal in May, just under the 60-day deadline wire.

    At the time, Daly told the Daily Times Kim explained the Justice Department decided to appeal Horn's ruling because its solicitor general's office needed more time to review court documents.

    Earlier this week, Brookhaven Fire Chief Rob Montella said today's trip was merely "a show of support," something he and members vowed years ago.

    He expects another waiting period before any decision. Whatever it takes, he said, he's in it to the end -- for Kangas.

    Joining Montella on the bus today, if all goes as planned, will be Amber Messick, several firefighters and some borough council members. Also joining the crew are some junior members of the fire department, including Montella's son, Rob W. Montella, Joe Bynum, Pat Cole, George Cornog Jr., Eric Marley and Bob Small.

    Montella noted that the department has 10 junior members.


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