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United Way gets new CEO, president

Jamie Haddon of Doylestown has headed the Second Responders Association and Rescue Squad of Montgomery County for nine years.

United Way gets new CEO, president

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Jamie Haddon (center) received the 2011 Dr. George Moerkirk Memorial Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award in November. He is shown with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Eli Avila (left) and state EMS Bureau Director Joseph Schmider. (Second Responders)

Jamie Haddon of Doylestown will become CEO and president of the United Way of Bucks County in February, he has told friends and colleagues in an e-mail.

Haddon has resigned as executive director of the Second Alarmers Association and Rescue Squad of Montgomery County effective Feb. 14, he said.

Like the United Way, Second Alarmers is a nonprofit organization, which Haddon has headed for more than nine years. It is one of the largest private EMS  providers in the region, responding to more than 12,000 emergency 911 incidents each year, according to its website.

Last month, Haddon received the 2011 Dr. George Moerkirk Memorial Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award.  He is a third-generation EMS provider, and at Second Alarmers he has helped develop a new employee training program and raised money for the renovation of three EMS stations.

He is a founding member of the Montgomery County Ambulance Administrator’s Association and is active with the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Delaware Valley College and a master’s degree in public safety management from St. Joseph’s University.

The top spot at the United Way, based in Fairless Hills, reportedly has been vacant since 2010, when Bill Schofield resigned. The job currently is being handled by interim co-directors Sharon Barker and John Ramiriez, according to the organization’s website.

In the two-year period starting July 2010, the United Way has funded 52 programs provided by 31 agencies, totaling nearly $2.3 million, according to the website. Member agencies include A Woman’s Place, the Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boy and Girl Scouts, and the YMCA and YWCA.   

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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