Saturday, December 5, 2009

Route 11 House Damaged By Fire

On December 5, 1970 at 3:15 p.m. firemen responded to house fire at Route 11, Shippensburg R. D. 1, near Foltz’s Service Station. A fire that was caused by a faulty chimney damaged a wall in an occupied 2-½ story home. Firefighters were on the scene two and a half hours. A damage estimate was not available. The Vigilant’s Stations 1 & 2 and the West End Fire and Rescue Companies answered the alarm.

At 4:11 p.m. the Vigilant Hose and West End Fire and Rescue companies responded to a mountain fire at Shippensburg R.D. 2 near the Walnut Dale Speedway. The CV ambulance also answered one call for the day.

December 5, 2004 Jackson Gerhart, 65, died of his injuries at 5:17 p.m. at York Hospital. Jackson was injured on November 30 while helping the Chambersburg Fire Department at the scene of a house fire. Jackson was surrounded by his family and friends in his final hours.

Jackson had dedicated his life to the fire service having started his career as a volunteer with the Junior Hook and Ladder Company in Chambersburg. Jack was employed by the Chambersburg Fire Department for about two years before being hired in Washington, D.C. as a fireman where he worked for 32 years (most as the driver on 17 engine) before retiring in 1994. While in D.C. Jack was the secretary of IAFF Local 36 for 17 years.

While living in Maryland Jack was active with the Mt. Rainier Volunteer Fire Department and the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department serving as Assistant Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. After retirement Jackson returned to Shippensburg where he was an active volunteer with the West End Fire and Rescue Company and the Cumberland Valley Hose Company.

Jackson was a member of many other volunteer fire companies in the area including a life member of the Fayetteville, Pleasant Hall, Metal Township, West End Fire and Rescue and New Franklin Volunteer Fire Companies.

Jackson had a major impact on the careers of many young firefighters in the area, assisting them in getting career jobs and mentoring. Jack loved to help people and assisted numerous fire companies in getting started or anything else they needed. He was also very active in his church and delivered meals on wheels.

Jackson was well known for his large collection of fire toys. He loved photographing fire apparatus and assisted in numerous publications and books.

This is a post that is made every year and I will continue to do so as long as I publish the blog. I miss you Jack, you were a great friend.


Heckman said...

Once again Brad, great post in honoring Jack.

Sparky said...

Good job on the post. The pictures of Jack standing in front of or on fire engines at Engine 17 is neat. How many different engines makes did he driver at the 17 house? (Ford, Hahn. E-One)

Brad Myers said...

I do not know what all rigs Jack drove while at 17-E. I do know he drove a Ward LaFrance, Ford, Hahn and KME. I think the E-One was after he retired. Maybe a DC gou would know the answer to that.

E4 Lt said...

brad, u r correct with several fords, several wards and the famous hahn, then the kme... 17 never had a E-one, but went directly to seagrave after a short stint with the KME

Sparky said...

Thank You, was just wondering