Going 'Above and Beyond'

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


A city employee has been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty – and saving the city some money.

Brad Swackhamer of the Department of Public Works used his mechanical skills, which ultimately saved the City of Bradford thousands of dollars on the repairs needed to put the fire department's Engine Two back in service, according to an award of appreciation read by Mayor Tom Riel during Tuesday's city council meeting.

The award further states that Swackhamer persevered and went "above and beyond his job responsibilities."

Fire Chief Boo Coder explained that Engine Two was being used while Engine One was being repaired following an accident.

But Engine Two wouldn't hold water and the brakes wouldn't work, Coder said, adding that there was "a whole pile of things wrong with it."

"Brad put countless hours into it to put it back on the road," Coder said.

Coder added that without the work of Swackhamer and Public Works Director Gary Alcock, the fire department would have had to look for another truck as a backup.

He said another truck would cost $15,000 to $20,000, and the department doesn't have the money.

"Brad worked hard – tirelessly," Coder said. "Now we have a good backup truck to last a few years until we can get another vehicle."

"He did a heck of a job and he needs a slap on the back," Coder said. "I'll tell ya, he saved us a lot of money and plus he gave me a truck I can depend on now.

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