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Cheltenham Township Honors Retiring Fire Marshal
Posted on Saturday November 02, 2019
Joe O'Neill was honored at the Board of Commissioners upon his retirement after 11 years at Cheltenham Township

Cheltenham Township Honors Retiring Fire Marshal

On October 23, 2019 the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners presented a resolution to Joseph O’Neill in honor of his retirement from the Cheltenham Fire Department after 11 years of dedicated service with the Township.

 O’Neill brought his 19 years of indispensable experience as a member of the Upper Moreland Fire Department, where he retired as Fire Marshal and Director of Emergency services, to Cheltenham Township when he was sworn in as the Fire Marshal in 2008. O’Neill has created policies and procedures that have helped guide daily decision-making, increased safety and helped firefighters work as a coordinated team.

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Photo Above with  Board of Commissioners: Front Row from left to right: Daniel B. Norris, President; Ann L. Rappoport,Bryan T. Havir, Township Manager; Joe O’Neill Fire Marshal, Julia O’Neill and Brad Pransky.

Back Row from left to Right:  Zygmund-Felt, Baron Holland, Scott Lynch, Irv Brockington and Drew Sharkey.

O’Neill began his career as a volunteer firefighter at Wyndmoor Hose Company No. 1 in 1976, where he also served as Fire Chief. He then went on to work for Upper Moreland Fire Department where he had the role of Fire Marshal and Director of Emergency Services for 19 years. In 2008, Joseph O’Neill began his career as Fire Marshal with Cheltenham Township. He created and implemented new policies and procedures for Elkins Park, Cheltenham Hook and Ladder, Glenside, La Mott, and Ogontz Fire Departments, which helped guide daily decision-making, increased safety, and helped firefighters work as a coordinated team. Comprehensive fire policy formulate operational excellence, and this is just one example of Joseph O’Neill’s excellent leadership that improved efficiency and safety for the Township’s volunteer fire companies and residents. His outstanding dedication, expertise and service to the community will be sorely missed upon his retirement on November 1, 2019.


Photo Above is of Joe O’Neill members of fire companies in the area on November 1, 2019

Left to Right: Scott Lynch, Cheltenham Township Fire Marshal; Joe Stuckert, Chief at Glenside Fire Company, Chuck Baily, former Fire Marshal at Springfield Township; Kevin Lynch, Jenkintown Borough Fire Marshal; Joe O’Neill, retired Fire Marshal at Cheltenham Township; Rick Schuck, Rockledge Borough Fire Marshal; Mike Wolk, Elkins Park Fire Company; Bob Scholly Jr. Fire Marshal at Lower Moreland Township; John Rohr, Abington Township Fire Marshal; Bill Ratzky, Deputy Chief at Elkins Park Fire Company and Mort Levy, Elkins Park Fire Company Engineer


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