Lauren Hensley reports:
LOGAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WJAC) - Four volunteer firefighters are facing charges after police say they called to report fake emergencies.
Logan Township police said Dustin Beckwith, Aric Beckwith, Daniel Johnson, and Edward Perino are charged with calling 911 to report false fires for the thrill of riding in a fire truck.
... Police said on January 10, Dustin used Johnson's phone to call 911 and report wires on fire on Veteran's Memorial Highway and Boxcar Lane. Six first responders showed up.
Police said on January 16, Dustin used Johnson's phone to call 911 and report sparks from a chimney on Poland Ave. Twenty first responders responded, including Beckwith.
On March 4, police said Dustin used Johnson's phone to report a mud slide. Three first responders including, Beckith responded.
... Finally, on March 15, all four men were leaving firefighter training and convinced Aric to call 911 to report a bank was on fire. Almost 60 first responders showed up to fight a fire that wasn't there.
All four have been suspended.
Local fire departments and first responders have to work with limited resources as they seek to do their important work. Diverting those resources to frivolous joy rides puts those who have real need of their services at risk, the exact opposite of what a fire fighter is supposed to be doing. It takes the commitment of every member of the team to ensure resources are used wisely.
Likewise, it takes the commitment of every member of the Body of Christ to fulfill "The Great Commission." What we can’t afford--what must not happen--is for individual members to allow themselves to be diverted by the frivolous joy ride of "playing" church. To be consistent with the priorities of the Kingdom of God, we must take the imperative to preach and disciple the nations seriously.
Diverting limited resources to frivolous, vain activity puts those who have real need of our service at risk, the exact opposite of what the Church is supposed to be doing.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some” (1 Corinthians 9:2, NLT).