As they've done 136 times before, York City firefighters and their families will gather Sunday evening to remember colleagues who have died in the past 12 months.

The longstanding tradition is an opportunity to honor York's firefighters of the past, said David Michaels, acting chief of the York City Fire Department.

"It's just a chance for us to realize and recognize those that came before us, helped make the department what it is," Michaels said.

This year, 16 names are on the list to be recognized. All but two were volunteers affiliated with one of the city's nine volunteer fire companies.

Ray Bixler and Michael Landis, two career firefighters who served together as partners, died within a week of each other last May. The two men were veterans of the department when Michaels joined the force in 1990.

They were calm, experienced firefighters who "knew what to do," Michaels said.

The public is invited to join the York City Fire Department in honoring Bixler, Landis and the other firefighters and volunteers who died this past year. The service is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St.

-- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.

The following individuals will be honored at Sunday's service.

Ray P. Bixler

Michael Landis

Clyde J. Anthony

Leslie I. Wisotzkey Jr.

Larry A. Wilt

Richard D. Enders

Robert I. Swartz

John J. Kress

Hubert O. Eisenhart

William R. Kohler

Suzanne Mary Braun

Russell W. Rinehart

Craig K. Smith

John C. Mueller Sr.

Timothy B. Wolf,

Trabert R. Ahrens



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