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Psychics investigate Tarentum fire hall on A&E Network show

Chuck Biedka
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The Summit Hose Volunteer Fire Co. at West Tarentum is the focus of a Psychic Kids episode on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 on the A&E network at 10 p.m.

Things don’t go “bump in the night” at Summit Hose Fire Hall in Tarentum, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some strange happenings there.

Some of those strange things will be the focus of a TV show at 10 p.m. Wednesday on the A&E Network.

“Just about everybody has heard footsteps going up and down the steps and in the garage bay, but no one is there,” fire Chief Josh Fox said.

The history of the circa-1929 fire hall, Station 282 on West Seventh Avenue, is investigated on the new episode of “Psychic Kids” tonight.

The series focuses on youths who are discovering their psychic abilities and may be frightened by them. The show pairs them with an adult psychic to understand their abilities.

In this episode, psychic Peri Zarrella, who has degrees in clinical psychology and spirituality from Columbia University, mentors 9-year-old Kendyll Pekarek, a Kiski Area School District student.

Zarrella is a “Psychic Kids” alumna, appearing on the show when she was 15.

Kendyll’s mom, Denise Pekarek said Kendyll could always feel what others feel.

“Kendyll is very excited. She has kept her ability a secret for a long time. She will be on a radio interview Wednesday morning just before 8 a.m.

She is prepared to talk about it when school starts, Denise Pekarek said.

Zarrella said Kendyll has amazing gifts. “She even saw the fire hall before we drove there. She drew me a picture and it was very accurate,” she said.

Zarrella has met people who don’t accept psychic ability as a good thing.

“People are very skeptical. Oftentimes, that is a framework to work with them and change the way they feel about it,” she said.

Fox said he’s skeptical about the fire hall being haunted but has heard “stories” from members for many years.

Zarrella and Kendyll visited the station last May.

Zarrella said she and the girl picked up “many different energies” inside the fire hall. They focused on two.

One was a member who had a stroke and fell. The second was a younger firefighter who died in a vehicle crash and who communicated he was “unhappy to die so early in life,” said Zarrella.

Zarrella said she had a near-death experience when she was 8.

“I had a classic thing happen. I felt pulled toward the light but it wasn’t my time,” she said in a phone call. “I am very grateful for the medical care that I had.”

“The medium and the girl came up with the names of 12 members from many, many years ago,” Fox said. “This wasn’t something that they could Google.

“I’m glad they came. It gives you goosebumps,” he said.

Previous fire Chief Tim Firko said what happened to him and witnessed by 14 other fire hall members watching a Steelers game in 1981 still hasn’t been explained.

While the game was on TV upstairs, Firko and a life member were updating member information.

“It was something that hadn’t been updated for years,” he said. “No one was paying much attention to anything but the game.”

Firko and the older man opened a box containing index cards and a solid glass ash tray.

“I pulled out an index card and this glass ash tray just split into a hundred pieces,” said Firko. “There was no reason. No explanation.”

The psychic team told Fox and Firko about one “spirit” of a young, blonde chisel-faced member who wants to help the fighters. He doesn’t seem to realize he isn’t alive,” Firko said.

Firko said the A&E visit will validate what members have observed for years.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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