Sylvie and Sean



About the Book:

Sylvie and Sean is the first book in a series created to recognize acts of heroism by individuals who exemplify strength and perseverance when confronted with unexpected and challenging situations. The split second decisions these individuals make saves lives and captures the reader’s heart with their conscious acts of courage.




Classroom Demonstration

Celebrating Fire Prevention with Bethlehem's firefighters sponsored by the local chapter of "Cops N' Kids" founded by Beverly Bradley at the Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center at Lehigh Valley, Pa. on November 5, 2016.


About the Author:

Cheryl Filipak plays a significant role as part of a professional team of early childhood educators who launched one of the first highly successful public preschool programs in Newark, New Jersey. The program was recognized as a national Model of Excellence by President George W. Bush in 2002 as part of the administration’s Early Childhood Initiative. Ms. Filipak recently earned her Ed. D. degree in Educational Leadership from Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She continues to exemplify best teaching practices as a Mentor and Master Teacher for the Office of Early Childhood in Newark, New Jersey.

Teacher Resource

“When students aren’t good at the core vocabulary,
it is highly unlikely that they will be able to read many texts proficiently.” by Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Text Dependant Questions:
1. Where did the story take place?
2. What happened?
3. How did the firefighters show they had courage?


Sequence Cards:
1. Dog walking with the owner
2. Sylvie broke off of her leash and ran across the ice
3. She fell into the icy waters
4. Her owner called “9-1-1”
5. The firefighters from Ladder Company 19 came.
6. Sean P. Coyle tried to rescue Sylvie alone but also fell into the icy water.
7. The other firefighters had to come with a ‘Stokes Board.’
8. They all worked as a team to pull Sylvie and Sean out of the water.
9. Everyone returned to dry land, wet but happy!


Write a letter to your local firehouse to show the firefighters how much they are appreciated.







Historical Perspective:
In 1678, the very first fire engine was imported from England. Go to this picture to a modern fire truck of today.

In 1798- Massachusetts Mutual fire Insurance Company was incorporated including Paul Revere. (1734-1818) (
( On the Enchanted Learning Site is a Word Search and Alphabet Code Sheet

In 1826, the first fire department formed in the city of Boston.


8 New Words and their related words:

Hero: brave, courageous

Distressed: distraught; troubled, worried, anxious

Tread: walk, step,

Frightened: scared, terrified

Stokes Basket


Team: group, squad, band

Dedicated: devoted, enthusiastic, keen

Read more about the N.F.P.A.: National Fire Protection Association
For National Fire Codes and Standards and a blog!


If you would like to learn more about the brave firefighters from Ladder 19 in South Boston go to:

If you would like to see the first fire engine imported from England in 1678, go to:

If you would like to see Sparky the dog in his fire truck and play some cool games go to:

For Parents: If you would like to learn more about fire protection codes and standards go to: