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Shohola ambulance decision postponed; Video of driver discussed

Kyle Wright, Pike County ALS director of operations, addresses the Shohola Township supervisors.
TRR photo by Kevin Kearney


“Give these guys a chance,” Thomas urged supervisors.

Fluhr did express some concern about Atlantic, which covers 90% of the county. “I’m concerned about a corporation expanding too much and then having to cut back,” he said.

The supervisors discussed the possibility of having Pike and Atlantic as concurrent primary providers based on proximity. “It should be who is the closest to the emergency,” said vice chairman Gregory Hoeper.

But that would be more difficult than it sounds, due in part to complex mapping issues.

“It is a very complicated issue and we need additional information,” Fluhr said.

Despite the controversy, the supervisors voted unanimously to honor its yearly donation to the local, nonprofit emergency responder. At the start of the meeting, supervisor Keith Raser read a statement saying in part, “In my review of the relationship between Shohola Township and Pike ALS, there are several issues. However, no matter what actions transpire at this meeting tonight, I believe there is a moral obligation to honor a commitment by former supervisors that called for an annual donation of $10,000 over the past several years.… To honor what I feel is a moral, not legal, obligation, I will make a motion that the remaining $5,000 of an annual commitment.… be paid tonight to fulfill what I believe is our 2012 obligation to Pike ALS.”