Monday, October 22, 2007

On this day October 22, LODD

October 22, 1951 a large fire destroyed Shirk's Motor Express on the West Shore Road (Rt.'s 11/15) in East Pennsboro Township. During the incident Fred G. Heckert a fire policeman with the Good Will Fire Company of West Fairview and the Citizen's Fire Company of Enola was struck by a car and killed.

Mr. Heckert had been on duty at Enola and Columbia Roads less than 30 minutes when he was struck at 2:28 a.m. Mr. Heckert was killed instantly, cause of death was from a compound fracture of the skull and internal injuries. Mr. Heckert, 46, left behind a wife and ten children aged 2 to 21 all at home.

The blaze destroyed the 11,000 square foot building and its contents. Damages to the building alone were estimated at $50,000 to $60,000.

Unless something happened in Shippensburg in the last four years (they are not in my data base yet) I had no other entry for today.

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