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NAZARETH

$18K raised for firefighters

A Pennsylvania man whose home was destroyed in a September fire has raised $18,000 to thank the firefighters who extinguished the flames and tried to save his dog.

John Pequeno started an online fundraising campaign for nine departments that responded to the fire at his home in Upper Nazareth Township, outside Easton. The campaign exceeded his initial goal by $3,000.

Firefighters repeatedly ran into Pequeno’s burning home to try to save his Yorkshire terrier, Marshall, who died while hiding under a couch, according to The (Allentown) Morning Call. Firefighters returned to help him salvage whatever he could from the wreckage.

Each fire department that responded will receive $2,000.

PHILADELPHIA

Statue of ex-mayor vandalized

Police are investigating after someone vandalized the statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo.

The word “fascist” was found painted on the statue’s suit jacket and a sticker bearing the logo of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’s nonprofit foundation was placed on the statue’s hand.

The 10-foot-tall bronze statue stands outside the Municipal Services Building, across from Philadelphia’s City Hall.

The statue was defaced in 2017.

The statue is set to be moved to another location in 2021.