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    Post Officials link fatal crash to firefighters convention

    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A drunken driver had just left a
    firefighters convention before he was involved in a fatal car
    accident, a police chief said.
    John P. Smoter, a member of the East Taylor Township Fire
    Department, was traveling from the firefighters convention Friday
    evening when his pickup truck crossed the center line on Route 271
    and hit Paul Bongiovanni's vehicle, Jackson Township police Chief
    Robert Fatula said.
    Smoter, 29, of Johnstown, had a blood-alcohol level that was
    twice the legal limit, Fatula said.
    Fatula on Wednesday was still investigating the head-on crash
    that killed Bongiovanni, 83, of Johnstown, but he said it appeared
    to be the second death linked to the Central District Firemen's
    Convention held last weekend in Nanty Glo.
    Also on Friday, Ray E. Stringer, the chief of the Neptune
    Volunteer Fire Department in Tyrone, died following a fight at a
    bar in the Nanty Glo Veterans of Foreign Wars building, police
    said.
    Smoter had not been charged with any crime as of Wednesday, but
    charges could be filed by the end of the week, Fatula said.
    A woman who answered a telephone number listed under Smoter's
    name said Smoter did not want to comment.
    Bongiovanni died hours after the accident at a hospital. His
    wife, Adaline, 80, was in fair condition at Memorial Medical Center
    Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said.
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    http://www.tribune-democrat.com

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    Two convention-alcohol related deaths in a month.

    What are the odds we see a little crackdown on this topic?
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    Anyone surprised? I can't believe this hasn't happened a million times over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell
    Two convention-alcohol related deaths in a month.

    What are the odds we see a little crackdown on this topic?
    Unfortunately, I'm betting slim to none.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell
    Two convention-alcohol related deaths in a month.

    What are the odds we see a little crackdown on this topic?
    Are you kidding?? In many parts of Pennsylvania, any legislator who tried to "interfere" with voluteer "tradition" in any serious way would be run out of office, run out of town, and possibly just plain strung up. That includes not only alcohol, but also anything to do with training or certification standards, consolidation of services, or pretty much anything else that involves movement toward the 21st century (except, of course, buying big, shiny, new fire trucks...everyone who's got any money at all is very, very good at that).

    There will be a great deal of hand-wringing over the terrible loss of it all for a while. Then, next year, everyone will drink a few extras to toast those who died at the convention the year before...and then drive home. Bet on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell
    Two convention-alcohol related deaths in a month.

    What are the odds we see a little crackdown on this topic?
    Actually, That was two deaths in the same day.............
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