Helping a fellow firefighter after flames destroy his own home


COALDALE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — When flames break out, firefighters answer the call to help. But after a local firefighter’s own home was destroyed by fire, his fellow first responders are taking action to help him.

The Coaldale resident was traveling to the fire station Sunday night when he received a call with horrifying news.

“I’m racing back here, and I called Brandon at the firehouse and told him my house is on fire, I ain’t coming to the meeting,” explained Andy Rivera, fire victim, and part of the West Hazleton Firefighter.

Rivera’s family members and pets were home at the time, including his 15-year-old son.

“I see red from the kitchen. I look down, and the dishwasher has flames coming out of it,” said David Rivera, Andy’s son.

Everyone escaped unharmed, but they lost all of their possessions. Rivera’s fellow firefighters say he’s known for selflessly helping others in their time of need.

“Andy’s been a great role model in the firehouse, he’s been dedicated his whole life to it,” stated Kyle Kaschak, President & 2nd Assistant Chief of West Hazleton Fire Company.

Now, the fire company is joining forces with the community to help Rivera and his family.

“We made a pledge at that moment that we were gonna help him move forward in whatever ways possible to help him recover and rebuild everything that he’s lost,” said Kaschak.

Rivera says he can’t thank them enough.

“When you say there’s a brotherhood in the fire service and ems, they are the top of the tier right there,” explained Andy.

The West Hazleton Fire Company is collecting monetary donations for Rivera and his family. If you wish to donate click here to learn more.

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