Heavy hearts, helpful hands come together to prepare for funeral for fallen firefighter

Heavy hearts, helpful hands come together to prepare for funeral for fallen firefighter

Lt. Dennis DeVoe, killed on his way to a fire in Harrisburg almost a week ago, is being honored Friday by family, friends, colleagues, and people from all across Pennsylvania.

Preparations for the fire lieutenant's procession and funeral started earlier in the week. Firefighters say they're working hard to honor their fallen brother because it's what he would've done for them.

Friends and fellow firefighters say Lt. DeVoe was a "fireman's fireman," meaning he would do anything for anyone.

Captain Aldo Morelli told CBS 21, "Anytime someone needed help or if there was an event that needed to be attended or anything that embodied the fire department like volunteer work here in the city, he was there."

Thursday firefighters channeled DeVoe and came together to help and to honor. Fire Chief Brian Enterline sent a tweet saying volunteers were clearing the steps of the capital where firefighters will be watching the procession and within minutes dozens more showed up.

"They just dropped whatever they had to do and came and helped us," said Morelli.

They say it's the least they can do for someone who did so much for them.

Morelli told CBS 21, "It embodies the spirit of what Lt. DeVoe was and what he stood for. He was a brother through and through."

The procession for Lt. Dennis DeVoe on Friday will start at the Geigle Funeral Home on Linglestown Road, follow Prigress Avenue to Walnut Street in Harrisburg, stopping at Reservoir Park and then continuing on State Street.

Here is a timeline of the service:

  • 9am- Start at the Geigle Funeral Home for procession.
  • 10:45am- Procession will pass the State Capitol.
  • 11am-Procession will arrive at the Forum Auditorium.
  • 12pm- A service will be held in the Forum.

Please be advised that State Street will be closed during the procession.

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