Adopt Lehigh Valley Kids: Frank


"What's up?" was 14 year old Frank response to a shout out.

The unique part is the teen was standing on top of a Bethlehem Fire Department ladder truck. He was getting hands on instruction from firefighter Russ Kiem. At least for a day, the 14-year-old was part of a brotherhood.

He was getting an inside look into what it takes to be a fireman, at the Bethlehem No. 1 Fire Company.

Frank is also on a search for a forever home.

"Frank is fun kid and super polite," case worker Helene Kosciolek said.

He's one of more than 2,000 Pennsylvania kids in foster care.

"He's very hands on. In his foster home they were renovating, he helped with putting in the wooden floors. It shows he's willing to help and is hands on," She added.

Frank's hands on approach fits perfectly learning how to pinch the Jaws of Life and in knowing the details of a potential career.

"Do you still get paid, even if you don't go out?" Frank asked Lt. Steven Smola.

"Yes. Even if we don't fight a fire," Smola responded, who added the company does get 5,000 calls per year.

"Hop up here, you're riding shotgun today," fireman Dan Burnett said to Frank while standing beside a pumper truck.

It's the city's main attack engine.

"What makes you want to be a fireman?" Burnett asked.

"Just seeing firefighters saving people's lives," Frank said.

"What is your favorite time of the year?" Burnet went on to ask.

"Summer," Frank answered.

"Me too bro," Burnett said.

"Winter is a pain in the butt," Frank added.

Summer or winter, a fireman's uniform doesn't change. As Frank was fitted for his, which was about four years to big on him. It was easy to see that Frank can handle even the hardest challenges, which included handling the giant fire hose. He helped aim the spray on a side of the building target.

"What's that feel like?" I asked.

"Strong," he said.

As is Frank, who received round of applause from the ten or so fireman on hand.

"Would you ever want to work here, they are cool guys right?

"Yea," he said.

Sitting around the dinner table with dozens of pizza's being served, the company knows how to make a temporary member feel like family.

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