The men and women of the Selkirk and Elsmere fire departments are teaming up to fight something other than fire as they hold a benefit for one of their own.
Junior Firefighter James Angermeier, who is a 17-year-old senior at Bethlehem Central, was diagnosed with cancer in January. A breakfast benefit is being held in his honor on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Selkirk No. 2 Firehouse, 301 Glenmont Road in Glenmont.
Five bucks will get you a pancake breakfast with sausage and bacon served by Bethlehem's bravest, and the money donated will go directly to Angermeier and his family.
Although the day has been officially dubbed Community Kindness Day by Town Hall in an effort to have residents perform random acts of kindness, the pitching in for the Angermeier family has more to do with brotherhood.
Vice President of the Selkirk Fire Company No. 2 Shawn Higgins said Bethlehem's firefighting community works because it works together " no matter what comes its way.
"When you walk in the door and put on your gear and go out there every day, it doesn't matter who you are, you're pretty much family," said Higgins. "It could be someone out there who you don't get along with, but when you come in here you've got to have that person's back and they've got to have your back because you never know, anything can happen."
Higgins described Angermeier as an active and talented young man whose family is deeply rooted in the Bethlehem community. His father, Joe Angermeier, is a longtime fire police officer at the Elsmere Fire Department and his sister volunteers at the Selkirk firehouse.
After getting a growth on his neck checked out, the Angermeier's worst fears were confirmed and Angermeier was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the bone that affects children and young adults.