Knights, firemen plan joint events


First Posted: 3/7/2013

The Knights of Columbus Council 372, along with Pittston City and West Pittston Fire Departments, will host a Blue Mass on Friday, March 15 at St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston at 6:30 p.m.

The date marks the 20th anniversary of the Main Street fire that claimed the lives of firefighters John Lombardo from Pittston and Leonard Insalaco from West Pittston.

John Lombardo was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. The fire departments have been offering a yearly mass for Lombardo and Insalaco each year since their tragic deaths in 1993.

K of C Grand Knight Jim Nardone has wanted to organize a Blue Mass for a long time. When discussing this with Pittston Fire Chief Jim Rooney, they immediately decided on the date.

All public safety personnel will be honored.

The Knights of Columbus will host a light social at the Council Home following the mass.

Also, the Knights of Columbus, in cooperation with Pittston City Fire Department, are sponsoring a fundraiser for the Lehigh Burn Trauma Center with a St. Patty’s Eve celebration (March 16) at the Knights Hall, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. Music will be provided by Optimum Entertainment. A ham and cabbage dinner will be available along with pizza, cheeseburgs and hot dogs. There will be a $4 cover with all proceeds going to the Burn Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. with music set to start at 7 p.m.

The Knights Hall will be open on Sunday March 17.

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