Fire departments unite to support brothers as they attend memorial for Lt. DeVoe
Central Pennsylvania fire departments became one on Friday, standing by in Harrisburg's fire stations to let the city's firemen and women grieve the death of Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe.
"When one of us grieves, we all grieve," says Lieutenant David Martin of Lancaster City Fire.
Martin, alongside other firefighters from his department and those at Hanover Fire Department, stayed in Harrisburg's Fire Station 1 on North 6th Street to answer calls for the morning and afternoon.
"When we answer the alarm, we don't know if it's going to be our last time or what's going to happen out on the call," says Bryan Spickler, Fire Captain with the Hanover Fire Department.
The men say firefighting is a brotherhood and the firefighters in Harrisburg deserve the time to grieve the loss of one of their own.
The call to become a firefighter isn't something that's taken lightly, explained Martin.
"To be a fireman, I think, takes a special kind of person. You have to have the special drive, enjoy the challenge, like helping people," he says. "And whether you're in Lancaster or York or Hanover, it's all the same."
"Basically it doesn't matter what department you are. If you run with another department or you know the guy, everybody in the fire service is a brother," says Spickler.
They say it's an honor to standby in Harrisburg's stations for the day. Just last year in Hanover, Spickler says Lt. DeVoe came to their station to help them when they had a line of duty death. Now, they're doing the same for him.
"All firemen will look out for each other and take care of each other. We do whatever we have to do to help a brother firemen out," Martin agreed.
"We may have our disagreements. We may fight like brothers and sisters. But at the end of the day, at the end of the shift, we all love each other," Spickler added.
Fire departments from all over the state came to Harrisburg to show support during the procession. Stations from Maryland, Virginia and New York also attended.
Lt. DeVoe will be laid to rest Saturday during a private burial.