Leadership

Volunteers Killed in Apparatus Crash

Issue 11 and Volume 117.

Volunteers Killed in Apparatus Crash Two Finleyville, Pa., volunteer fire fighters were killed on Sunday, September 13, and a third died of injuries the following day, when the apparatus they were riding on in response to an alarm plunged off the road and was wrecked. Six others were injured including Fire Chief Charles Crayton whose condition was listed as critical. Killed in the crash were Assistant Chief John Stark, 45, driver of the 750-gpm pumper, and Arvin Kegel, 32, who was also a Union Township policeman. Philip L. Simmons, 52, chairman of the Union Township Board of Supervisors, died of multiple injuries the following day. The company was responding to a mutual aid call for a warehouse fire in Lawrence, Pa., when the truck swerved off the road. It plunged down an embankment, rolled over and burst into flames. A following company of the department, assisted by a reserve unit…

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