Fast Three: Helping Ashwood Victims; Saving Lives in 28 Minutes; and Award-Winning Pharmacies

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Liberty Ministries Helps Apartment Fire Victims

Flames Decimate Ashwood Apartments in North Coventry
Photo from Liberty Fire Company in Spring City PA

The Sanatoga store of Liberty Ministries’ Thrift, 2200 E. High St., will provide space in its community room to serve as the new relief center for victims of last week’s Ashwood Apartments fire (at top) in North Coventry Township, according to Liberty Marketing and Operations Manager Jordan Wirth.

In a Friday (Aug. 7, 2020) e-mail at 1:09 p.m., Wirth explained the North Coventry firehouse continues to be jammed with donations since the fire left more than 100 people temporarily homeless and without most personal belongings. That space is “too full, so we will be moving many of the items there to our store location,” she wrote.

Liberty also is planning how area residents can continue to offer monetary donations on behalf of victims, and how victims themselves can take advantage of assistance being offered. That information is due shortly in a media release The Post will happily publish, but we thought it was worth previewing here too.

28 minutes prove theirs are no easy jobs

Fire, emergency medical, and traffic incident first responders were having a busy early afternoon Friday. In fact, seven different local public service organizations sent their trained experts to five different locations during a period of just 28 mid-day minutes between 11:56 a.m. and 12:24 p.m.

Limerick Fire Company volunteers were out near Metka and Ziegler Roads at 12:07 p.m. performing what Montgomery County dispatchers described as a “special service.” They were preceded at 12:05 p.m. to the same location by an ambulance. Upper Providence firefighters were called at 11:57 a.m. to a vehicle accident near Ridge Pike and Kline Road; township police arrived at the same scene about three minutes earlier.

In Douglass (Montgomery) Township, an EMS crew set out for the area of Philadelphia Avenue and Congo Road for someone’s call regarding “general weakness.” The same reported ailment sent a Skippack crew to the neighborhood of Scenic View and Creekwood drives at 12:24 p.m. And Pottstown EMS responded to a call regarding possible cardiac arrest at 11:56 a.m. near High and Manatawny streets.

Not one, but three consecutive, pharmacy awards

Wegmans Markets, whose stores in Collegeville and King of Prussia are operating as you read this – it’s a safe bet; they’re open 6 a.m. to midnight daily – can now lay claim to a another award from J.D. Power. The chain’s pharmacies ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Supermarket Pharmacies” for a third year in a row in Power’s 2020 pharmacy study.

The study measures customer satisfaction among all categories of “brick and mortar” pharmacies, including chain drug stores, mass merchants, and supermarkets, as well as mail-order pharmacies. Wegmans scored 904 on a 1,000-point scale in responses from more than 13,000 customers who filled a prescription between June 2019 and May 2020.

Psst! Ever wanted to participate in one of those famed studies? Find out how you can join Power’s “advisor community,” here.

Editor’s note: “Fast Three” is published Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. in The Post. See you back here Monday (Aug. 10).

Liberty Ministries photo by The Post