Guardian Angels requested in Coatesville

January 29, 2009 4:18:49 PM PST
Arson weary residents of Coastville may soon see the red berets of the Guardian Angels.The Angels were founded 30 years ago to combat arson in New York and now the group says it's been asked by individuals to come and organized in Coatesville.

"We want to see where things have been happening, what's been going on, and who wants to get involved and make a difference," Scott Gallagher of the Philadelphia Guardian Angels said.

Gallagher's Philadelphia chapter patrols SEPTA subways. The one time policeman argues the unarmed group deters crime.

"We've seen it with our presence in the subways in Philadelphia. We haven't had a single incident on any of the trains we're on," Gallagher said.

At last night's town meeting some citizens were baffled by the city's reluctance to impose a curfew. Laders said they were waiting for a request from outside law enforcement.

Today, the county DA said he surprised by that city's stance signaling it would not have to wait long.

Officials hope to get fire victims staying at an Exton hotel into new homes soon.

Some like Desarae Devault woman can't wait to return to Coatsville.

"I have been there all my life, 35 years, and I'm going back," Devault said.

But the Bowman family, who Action News met yesterday when Mrs. Bowman tried on a donated coat, says they don't plan to return to Coatesville.

"I wouldn't feel comfortable having my family in Coatesville because of the fires," Rick Bowman said.

At the town meeting, some officials said it was possible those responsible for the fires were in the crowd.

Rick Bowman believes that's the case.

"There were shady looking characters in there, people that we seen at the fire that were out of place, really," Rick said.

The Bowmans have lived in Coatesville for 14 years

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