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Former Thomasville fire chief, 78, dies in crash

Christopher Dornblaser

A former Thomasville fire chief died in Potter County, northern Pennsylvania, during a motorcycle crash Monday, according to state police.

Police say Robert "Bob" Eisenhart, of Spring Grove, was driving his Harley-Davidson Electra Glide north on Route 44 around 2:30 p.m. and lost control while negotiating a right curve in the roadway.

Robert Eisenhart Sr.'s Obituary on York Daily Record & York Dispatch

Eisenhart's motorcycle laid down in the southbound lane and was hit by a 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500. Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury pronounced Eisenhart dead at the scene.

Dusenbury said the cause of death was multiple blunt-force trauma and the manner is accidental. No autopsy will be done.

According to Eisenhart's obituary, he worked in the trucking industry all his life. During his lifetime he served as chief, engineer, treasurer, vice president and president of Thomasville Fire Co.

Robert Eisenhart, former fire chief in Thomasville, was killed Monday after a motorcycle crash in Potter County.

Lincoln Fire Co. Chief Chuck Riley said Wednesday that Eisenhart had been involved with the fire company for more than 50 years and was still involved with them up until as recently as April, when they dealt with a brush fire.

“He was our engineer and our treasurer up until the year 2014, then he retired,” Riley said. Even after retiring, Riley said, Eisenhart helped the company with fundraisers and other things.

Riley said Eisenhart was well-respected by the people in the company.

“He was a good teacher, especially when it came to operating the pumps in the fire trucks,” he said. Riley said Eisenhart lived near the fire company and spent a lot of his time there.

“Everyone looked up to him, respected him,” Riley said.

In addition to Eisenhart's experience with the fire company, his obituary states he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and riding his motorcycle.

"He died doing what he loved to do ... riding his motorcycle," his obituary states.

Eisenhart is survived by a son, two daughters and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.