Firetruck Taken from Olyphant to Dunmore for Child’s Birthday Party

OLYPHANT, Pa. -- Questions abound as Newswatch 16 investigates how a volunteer firetruck wound up as the main attraction at a children's birthday party.

Fire engines are made to bring firefighters, water, tools, and hoses to fires or other disasters. Occasionally, you'll see them at parades and charity events.

But some people in Lackawanna County wonder why an assistant chief brought an engine out of town to the birthday party of a child whose mom is running for office.

This past Sunday,  Debi Domenick, a candidate for Lackawanna County commissioner, held a birthday party for her son in a public park in Dunmore. The child got to sit in a firetruck, not from the Dunmore Fire Department, but in a truck brought to Dunmore from Olyphant, six miles away.

Debi Domenick posted pictures taken of her young son sitting in the firetruck at Sherwood Park in Dunmore on Sunday.

A Facebook post reads "a special thanks to my friend Brian Doughton and Eureka Hose Company #4."

Doughton is the assistant chief for Eureka Hose Company #4 in Olyphant. He was also paid to work on Domenick's Democratic primary campaign for Lackawanna County commissioner.

"I hate to throw any of my brothers under the bus, but now it's starting to become quite the fiasco," said Jerry Tully.

Tully is an Olyphant borough councilman and a longtime volunteer firefighter for Excelsior Hose Company #1 in Olyphant.

"I don't know of a firetruck ever going to anybody's birthday party," Tully said.

Records show Olyphant pays volunteer companies $2,000 a month. Companies also raise money through envelope drives and other events.

People we spoke with don't feel that taking a firetruck to Dunmore for a birthday party for a political candidate's son is where their tax dollars and donations should go.

"It's probably something that shouldn't have been done and maybe they should have thought about it a little bit more before they did it," said Olyphant resident Robert Norton.

A firefighter from Eureka Hose Company #4 who asked not to be named tells Newswatch 16 that Doughton is politicizing the volunteer group. He points to a picture that shows firefighting gear inside the building next to Doughton's nameplate is a placard supporting Domenick's candidacy.

We tried several times to reach the chief of Eureka Hose Company #4 Fred Hartman to ask who gave Doughton permission to take the truck to a birthday bash in Dunmore. Hartman didn't answer his door or return our calls.

We've also tried to reach Debi Domenick and Brian Doughton by phone and through social media and have not heard back.

Olyphant Mayor John Sedlak is a member of Eureka Hose Company #4 and says he's stunned the engine was driven to a birthday party in another community.

"I guess (it's not fair). I believe it never happened before, I believe," said Sedlak.

Newswatch 16 has not been able to find out if the engine that went to the birthday party in Dunmore was formally taken out of service.

Officials in Olyphant say the borough still had plenty of manpower with four other volunteer fire companies.

Olyphant Mayor John Sedlak says Eureka Hose Company #4 will meet in a couple of weeks to make a policy on when it is and is not acceptable to take an engine out of Olyphant.

7 comments

  • truthbetold37

    Well WNEP didn’t post my comment so I guess I’ll just break it down to a shortened, dumbed down version. THIS is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen, Jerry Tully is a corrupt POS and this is smear campaigning at its worst. STUPID!

  • whopperplopper

    Olyphant Mayor John Sedlak gives 2 versions as to what took place.
    Which version, if any is the truth?

    WNEP:
    “Olyphant Mayor John Sedlak is a member of Eureka Hose Company #4 and says he’s stunned the engine was driven to a birthday party in another community.”
    “I guess (it’s not fair). I believe it never happened before, I believe,” said Sedlak.”
    …………………………………………………………………………………….
    Then this from the Scranton Times.
    Olyphant firetruck visits Lackawanna County commissioner candidate’s Dunmore park party:
    “Olyphant Mayor John Sedlak Jr. said he was not aware of the birthday party and that the firetruck “went out for driver training” on Sunday. It’s unclear who was driving the truck.”

  • liketheywannacounty

    This may be top 10 dumbest things I’ve ever heard about. County politics as usual though.

  • cheesefactory128

    Hey Train you are missing the point . What is a fire fighting apparatus from Olyphant doing coming to Dunmore ? Why wouldn’t Dominic just go to the Dunmore Fire Co. to have the children see the fire fighting equipment there, since she is from Dunmore , correct ? This mayor of Olyphant seems like a real rocket scientist too. Does he really know his arse from a hole in the ground ? Doughton should immediately be removed from his position , and cheers to the councilman from Olyphant who spoke the truth . It’s stories like this that keep the public informed Train, otherwise how would the public know that this nonsense occurred ?

  • Frieghttrain Train JamesCruse

    Give me a break here this is ridiculous. it seems to me that this was brought up because someone got butt hurt over jurisdiction. It is good public relations with kids in the area. your gonna stomp on a person taking the initiative to show firefighters have a heart. evidently people think that money boroughs give to companies and through envelope drives is easy to come by. I hate to say it is not a lot of the time fire companies have to hold other fund raisers to get money to pay for things they need and to do so they go to the public for that. if you do not have good public image then it makes it that much more difficult to do. but as always it is easier to bash those doing good than to give praise. Along with this bashing someone for their political affiliation really looking for anything that will attack a persons character. I think there could be a better use of media to show the real good that is being done by fire companies to make a difference in individual peoples lives.

    • whopperplopper

      You have to be a**hole deep involved politically to make such a statement.
      The unqualified domenick running for office lives in dunmore, why didn’t she contact the DFD?
      Your just another political hack defending others like you.
      And people will follow like sheep and vote for losers like her.

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