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Newtown & Northampton Firefighters Rescue Teenage Girl


File photo

File photo

Volunteer firefighters from Newtown and Northampton worked together Saturday afternoon to rescue a teenage girl who fell down a cliff at Tyler State Park.

The 17-year-old girl fell down a cliff on the Northampton side of the park and landed near the Neshaminy Creek. Firefighters from the Newtown Fire Association and Northampton Fire Company were dispatched along with medics at 4:28 p.m. and rushed to the scene.

Newtown Deputy Chief Brian Gerhard said the two fire companies worked seamlessly together to rescue the teenager and get her to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown for treatment for non-life-threatening but serious injuries.

Firefighters from Newtown worked with their peers in Northampton to repel to the scene and launched a boat to transport the injured teenager to an ambulance waiting on the Newtown side of the creek.

Firefighters train throughout the year for cliff rescues at the park.


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001