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Former union member Jack Loscombe named to serve on Scranton Council

03.15.10

MARCH 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Former union member Jack Loscombe named to serve on Scranton Council

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 4th- Jack Loscombe Jr., was named to replace Bill Courtright on Scranton City Council and is a retired member of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Union Local 60, which represents the 142 members of the Scranton Fire Department.

Mr. Loscombe told the newspaper one thing he hopes to accomplish as a council member is the restoration of the EMT emergency reponders in Scranton. The service was eliminated in 1986.

“When I served in the fire department and we had EMT’s, special training was needed and only a few got it. I was one of them. Now, every member of the department is trained as a EMT. Therefore it will be easy to restore the service,” said Mr. Loscombe.

Mr. Loscombe was a member of the Scranton Fire Department from 1983 to July 2001. He was permanently injured after being electrocuted while fighting a fire on Luzerne Street in West Scranton in 1996. Mr. Loscombe returned after the injury despite his hand being permanently injuried from the accident.

“Scranton’s budget is out of control because of the spending of Mr. Doherty,” said Mr. Loscombe.

Scranton Democratic Mayor Chris Doherty won a third four-year term as Scranton Mayor in 2009.

Mr. Loscombe believes it is unfair to Scranton residents that more than 30 percent of properties in the municipality is tax exempt. “More must be done to get funds from them to help with the city finances.”

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