PPH auxiliary feeds local firefighters

The Philadelphia Protestant Home auxiliary purchased hot meals for firefighters at Engine 64, 6100 Rising Sun Ave.

The auxiliary, in existence for more than 130 years and formerly known as the Women’s Aid Society, bought hot chicken, roast beef, vegetables and potatoes, along with salad and beverages, for workers during four shifts. It also presented the firefighters with a large card signed by residents.

Auxiliary president Patricia Coyne said money was raised through cake sales, raffles and a flea market, adding that marketing outreach specialist Valerie Williams coordinated the effort. In addition to funding the food donation, the auxiliary donated money to PPH’s benevolent fund.

John Dubyk, PPH president and CEO and a former volunteer with the Cheltenham Fire Company, was among the Protestant Home officials who visited Engine 64 on Monday night.

Among the other “gratitude activities” that Coyne said the auxiliary has taken part in recently was a donation of hoagies to officers in the 2nd Police District. ••