Junior firefighter saluted for efforts during winter storm Jonas

6 Klinger honored by House call

Junior volunteer firefighter Jacob Klinger of Oak Orchard was honored March 23 with a House tribute at Legislative Hall in Dover for his efforts during winter storm Jonas. From left, State Rep. Ruth Briggs King, Jacob Klinger and State Rep. Rich Collins.

DOVER – Junior volunteer fireman Jacob Klinger answered the call of duty during winter storm Jonas.

Last week, he was saluted with a “House” call at Legislative Hall.

On March 23, State Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, and Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro, presented a House of Representatives tribute to the Oak Orchard youth.

The tribute commended “this exceptional young man for going above and beyond to assist the citizens of the community who were affected by Winter Storm Jonas.”

In late January, a powerful winter storm hammered southern Delaware with high wind, heavy snow and coastal flooding.

During the storm, Pastor J. Allen Miller was contacted for use of the Community Church of Oak Orchard as a temporary shelter for people being evacuated due to the severe flooding.

Pastor Miller agreed to open the church to those in need when he noticed there was a leak in one of the restrooms.

He contacted the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company to help with this safety issue. Jacob, a junior volunteer firefighter with the Millsboro Fire Company, was attending the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company when assistance was needed at the Community Church of Oak Orchard.

Jacob was dispatched to help with the cleanup where he contained the leak and took care of the water.

For the next eight hours, he diligently assisted people who had been transported by the large military style trucks and supervised the parking area where people brought their vehicles to keep them out of the flood zone.

Jacob also helped those with special needs, kept up communication with the fire company and helped with the food preparation, serving and clean-up.

“We thank him for his outstanding contributions and dedication. Congratulations, Jacob!,” the House tribute concluded.


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