First Responders Announce Support for Jim Bognet in PA-8 Contest

First Responders Announce Support for Jim Bognet in PA-8 Contest

Current and Former Policemen and Firefighters join together to form First Responders Coalition

HAZLETON - Underscoring his strong support for law enforcement and first responders, today Jim Bognet, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District, announced the endorsement of the First Responders Coalition, which consists of current and former firefighters, policemen, and other first responders in Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District. Retired policeman and veteran Dave Repchick, and firefighter and paramedic Don Snyder will serve as co-chairs for the coalition.

“Jim Bognet earned my support when he stood up to the Democrats and called out the insanity of defunding the police,” said Dave Repchick, former Throop police officer. “Our communities know that we are safer because of our first responders and law enforcement, and I want someone in Washington who is one of us and fights for our interests.”

“Matt Cartwright has proven that he won’t stand up to the Hollywood liberals in D.C., opting instead to vote with Nancy Pelosi 90% of the time,” said Don Snyder, a paramedic and former firefighter. “I’m worried our first responders won’t get the support we need with someone like him in office. Jim has shown us that he will fight for us, so we can focus on protecting for our neighbors.”

Jim expressed his appreciation for the group’s support:

“First responders are the most important tool we have in our toolbelt to keep our communities safe. They are the ones who run to help when everyone else is running away and who reflect the true character of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I am very grateful to have their support in this election, which will determine the safety of our communities going forward.”

About the Coalition

Dave Repchick, Co-Chair:
As a retired police officer, elected official, and veteran, Dave Repchick has dedicated his life to service for his community and his country. After receiving a degree in criminal justice from the University of Scranton he went on to active duty as a lieutenant serving with the United States 1st Infantry Division as a Military Police officer. Repchick then served in active reserve where he was promoted to Captain. In 1987, he was hired as a part-time police officer in Throop after he attended the state police academy in Wyoming, Pennsylvania. Since 1988 he served as a full-time police officer in Throop, being promoted to Captain until he sustained a career-ending cervical spine injury. In 2007 he ran for political office in Throop and was elected as a councilman, serving in that position for ten years.

Repchick is a member of the American Legion, DAV, and the Free & Accepted Masons Lodge #466. He also serves as Chaplain to the F.O.P. Lodge #63 and has been a certified pistol instructor for the National Rifle Association for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Scranton and his Master’s degree from Marywood University.

Don Snyder, Co-Chair:
Donald T. Snyder has displayed vast industry knowledge, an exceptional work ethic and a long-standing interpersonal relationship with members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania medical community for over 30 years.

After working part-time as a patrolman for the Clarks Green Borough and a firefighter for the Clarks Summit and Chinchilla Fire Departments, Snyder joined Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania as a paramedic in 1973. His duties included all aspects of advanced emergency medical care and rescue, as well as training student emergency medical technicians. In addition, Snyder was a founding board member of the CMC Federal Employee Credit Union, where he served as vice president and on the credit committee.

In 1996, he left Community Medical Center to pursue staff development duties at Community Life Support Systems, Inc. of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. There, he served as Vice President of the Board of Directors, as well as Operations Manager. In March of 1996, Snyder became an independent insurance agent by earning his PA Accident and Health and Fixed Annuities License. He spends ample time prospecting and marketing insurance to Emergency Service Organizations, small businesses and families in Pennsylvania.

From September 2007 to February 2011, Snyder also joined Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania as the Paramedic Administrator and Lead Instructor. He is currently a Field Paramedic Community Health Systems EMS. He holds numerous certificates such as: EMT/Paramedic II Instructor, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Adult and Pediatric Advance Life Support Instructor, as well as Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Instructor

Snyder lives in South Abington Township with his wife and two children. He is a member and former officer of the Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club, and Our Lady of the Snows Church in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.