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Greensburg Tuesday takes

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| Monday, January 26, 2015 9:00 p.m.

Above the call: When World War II Navy veteran John Kepchia, 90, no longer could reach Alex Vargo, the last of his naval buddies, he called the police. But rather than refer the matter to someone else, Greensburg police dispatcher Rachelle Pape stuck with the search until she found Mr. Vargo, who’s living in a nursing home in Hellertown, Northampton County. Such fine service by Ms. Pape is above and beyond the call of duty.

Putting out fires: With the public’s help, Monessen police have charged a 17-year-old boy with setting and/or attempting to set three fires in the city this month. The city’s inventory of empty houses is a dangerous lure for any sick mindset that’s amused by arson. Here’s hoping this young man’s prompt arrest will be an example for anyone else who shares a similar fascination with fire.

R.I.P.: Capt. Elizabeth “Betsy” Kealey, 32, an Indiana native, died with another Marine Corps officer Friday when their helicopter crashed in California during a routine training exercise. Ms. Kealey graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 2005. Those who knew Kealey said she was an outstanding officer whose goal was to serve her country. And by all accounts, she did so with distinction.

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