911 dispatchers, Police officers, firefighters, military personnel, sheriffs, EMS workers and other “blue” officials are truly “everyday heroes” in both our community and nationwide.

According to Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, this year’s seventh annual Heroes Day is set for Saturday, September 16, from 11 am to 2 pm at the County’s 911 Center, Valley View Drive, Jessup.

At the event, safety, disaster, and SWAT equipment from throughout the County will be on display along with booths for residents to pick-up literature that they can utilize when the need arises.

The day will include free refreshments, giveaways, tours of the 911 Center, children’s activities, face painting and caricatures.

The event is being sponsored by the Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Emergency Services, the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, and Conxx/SkyPacket Networks.

Jeff Thomas, a prevention specialist in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs, will discuss the opioid epidemic at 12:30 PM in the center’s media room.

Canines and the Mounted Unit from the County’s Sheriff’s Department and the public safety units of area municipalities will be at the event.

Valuable information on County services and the programs offered by area community and social agencies will also be available.

Several antique emergency vehicles and a Rommel Harley-Davidson Jumpstart display will also be a part of the program. Long pants are required for the Harley-Davidson exhibit.

The following organizations, along with their equipment, will be in attendance: Tanker 15 from Elmhurst/Roaring Brook, Command 93 from Old Forge, the Smoke House from Wilson Fire Company, Commonwealth Health Ambulance, Pennsylvania Ambulance, Thornhurst Dive & Rescue, Chinchilla Foam Trailer, Taylor Ladder 95, Mayfield Police Department, and Jessup Rescue 31.

The County’s DARE Program and SWAT Team will be on site along with the 911 Mobile Command Post and Emergency Management Agency vehicles, COLTS, the Bookmobile, and the following County Departments: District Attorney’s Office, Voter Registration, Arts & Culture, Parks & Recreation, Veterans Affairs, Community Relations, Drug & Alcohol Office, Highway Safety Program, the IT Department’s Wireless initiative, Environmental Sustainability Office, Area Agency on Aging, and the Coroner’s Office.

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Pennsylvania State Police, Scranton Police Department, Lackawanna County Decon team, and Civil Air Patrol will also be at the event.

The Penn State Extension will have displays featuring the Master Gardeners and 4-H programs along with its mini golf course.

For further information, contact Gerard Hetman, the County’s Community Relations Coordinator, at 570-963-6743, ext. 1872.