If you live in Frankford, as in most neighborhoods of the city, when you hear a helicopter circling overhead, you know something is wrong. Last night and very early this morning, there were two separate shooting incidents involving three people, two of whom are now dead.
The first was in the 5000 block of Frankford Avenue and the victim killed had no id and is considered to be “John Doe” at this point. The other victim, 35 years old, is in critical condition at Temple as of now. Police are hoping surveillance cameras in the area will help in their investigation.
Shortly after midnight, another “execution style shooting”, according to Channel 6 News, occurred in the 1400 block of Adams Avenue. Suffering over 2 dozen bullets, this 27 year old victim died at the scene.
We could be tempted to ask why but there are most likely only a few reasons for these killings. The bigger question is how do we put an end to this violence? The most important question is what are you going to do about this?
This time of year, most of us are filled with “good cheer” and our outlook might be a little brighter. We see lights and there’s excitement “in the air”! But singing about peace on earth is not going to make it so.
Frankford Forward has had some success in bringing attention to the violence in the area. If you’ve seen our Prayer Witnesses and Vigils at crime scenes, you’ve seen a few people. Imagine more people – crowds even – who say “Enough”! We want peace – we will work for peace! This is not going to happen in our neighborhood any more!
If you are not an active member of Frankford Forward, you need to be. The only alternative is when you hear that helicopter above your home, you know something is wrong but it won’t change, it will only get worse if you choose not to act.
The next meeting of Frankford Forward is Monday, January 9, at 6 PM at St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue.
The Frankford Forward meeting on October 3rd was turned over to the folks from Temple University Hospital for unique kind of First Aid training.
Scott Charles, Temple University Hospital’s trauma outreach coordinator, and Tim Bryan, director of emergency medical services, worked with Wayne Jacobs (director of the recidivism-prevention program X-Offenders for Community Empowerment) to develop Fighting Chance—a two-hour, first-aid class that focuses on how to treat gunshot victims.
Living in the city, we may encounter violence first hand at some time. You are more likely to be a witness to it rather than a victim. Many people who have been in that situation, have had to stand by helplessly as the victim of an accident or attack died while waiting for the emergency responders to arrive.
This new training is intended to give the victim a “Fighting Chance” to get to the hospital alive. If they get that far, the chance of survival increases dramatically.
Scott Charles and Dr. Tim Bryan came to St. Mark’s church along with a crew of trauma and emergency medicine nurses from Temple University Hospital to teach close to 40 Frankford residents how to handle those situations.
The training last two hours with emphasis first on safety. In first aid the goal is to stop the bleeding and make sure the victim can breathe until somebody else comes on the scene more qualified to take over. Its a bit like knowing CPR, you never know if or when you will need it. All attending thought the experience was well worth the time.
There is also training available for Narcan, a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond.
Future training sessions will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information about Fighting Chance, call 215-707-8398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a string of shootings and a homicide, two groups united in a peace walk on August 19th. The Donovan Williams Memorial Foundation lead off from the square on Meadow Street across from Second Baptist and walked up to Margaret and then up Oxford Avenue.
The were met by Frankford Forward who had left Wakeling and Griscom and walked up to Wakeling and Saul (both scenes of recent shootings) before linking up with the Williams group. Together they then walked back down Oxford to Foulkrod and over to the square.
The walk was planned at the Frankford Townhall at the Boys and Girls club on August 18th. The two groups plan to work together to address the violence sweeping the community.
The next Frankord Forward meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 22nd at St. Mark’s Church at 4442 Frankford Avenue at 6:00 PM.