Firefighters slate benefit fundraiser to assist fellow firefighters

First Posted: 2/27/2014

Mark Kaskus, his wife Kelly, and son Danny from Northmoreland Township, Wyoming County, watched helplessly as their mobile home was totally destroyed by fire.

Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call on Park Lane in Vernon around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

“It was heartbreaking because our fellow Firefighter Mark Kaskus who was driving home from working night shift followed us to the fire,” said Jim Gilpin, president, Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company. “What’s sad is that Danny Kaskus is a member of our fire department too.”

Northmoreland Township Volunteer Firefighters are coming together to host a benefit spaghetti dinner to aid their fellow firefighters from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 at the fire hal, 1618 Demunds road (about 1/8 miles off Route 292) in Centermorelandl. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children and free for children 12 years of age and under. All proceeds will go to the Kaskus family.

Chief Chuck Story and Captain Matt Stephenson said Edwardsville EMS has set up a fund for Mark, Danny and Kelly Kaskus.

“We encourage everyone to give a monetary donation to The Kaskus Family Fund to aid the volunteers’ family in their time of need,” said Story.

Donations may be mailed to The Kaskus Family Fund, c/o FNCB, 23 W. Market St., Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18702.

For more information, call Jim Gilpin at 570-333-4906.

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