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Funeral for Former Allentown Fire Dept Assistant Chief Chris Kiskeravage

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On July 12, 2023, members of the Allentown Fire Department and firefighters from surrounding companies paid their final respects to retired Allentown Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris Kiskeravage, who passed away on June 9, 2023, after a two-year battle with cancer. His funeral Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena in Allentown. Kiskeravage lived a life of service dedicated to the community. He began his career as a volunteer with the Shenandoah Ambulance Corp in his teen years. Throughout his firefighting career, Kiskeravage was a member of the IAFF for Easton Fire Dept., an Assistant Chief for the Allentown Fire Dept., a member of the Lehigh County Special Operations team, PA USAR Co. #3, a beloved instructor at Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and Bucks County Community College, assisted in the development of the Allentown Fire Dept. Technical Rescue team, and was South Whitehall Township’s first full-time Fire Commissioner. He passionately taught and trained firefighters around the world (traveling to Korea, Japan, Romania and Italy, as well as within the US) teaching EMT, fire suppression, Hazmat, and more. He donated his body to help find ways to make firefighting a safer job. As a leader, teacher, mentor, husband, father, and grandfather, he was loved by many. Kiskeravage’s legacy will continue through his family and all whom he taught.

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REGINA JELSKICorrespondent

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