PARKESBURG — Keystone Valley Regional Fire District was recognized with the Governor’s Award for its intergovernmental cooperation through the consolidation of three fire companies to become the Keystone Valley Fire Department.
Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, on behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett, recognized municipalities and local government officials on April 15 around the state for their dedication and commitment to strengthen their communities and better serve their residents.
The fire department covers Sadsbury, West Sadsbury and Highland townships and Parkesburg Borough. The successful consolidation of Pomeroy, Parkesburg and Atglen fire companies was a result of municipal cooperation and will provide local communities with a stronger emergency service presence at a reduced cost. The fire department’s service became operational March 19 out of the Parkesburg station.
“The governor and I understand the immense responsibility you all have to provide solutions that make your community a vibrant place to live, work and raise a family,” Cawley said. “Today is recognition of your dedication to public service and a celebration of leadership and innovation that has resulted in vibrant communities for the citizens you serve.”
The recognitions were part of the 17th annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence. In total, eight local government leaders and 12 communities across the state received awards that were presented at the state capitol in Harrisburg.
The Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence are presented annually to communities and individuals by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, an office within the Department of Community and Economic Development that works to assist Pennsylvania’s 2,562 local governments.