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Christopher Dornblaser

A Wrightsville fire official was among eight fallen Pennsylvania firefighters honored during a memorial service Sunday.

Curtis E. Nordsick, 71, a fire police lieutenant with Wrightsville Fire and Rescue Co., was honored during the 35th annual national Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Nordsick died April 19, 2015, after helping with traffic control at the scene of a homicide. He was remembered along with seven other Pennsylvania firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2015, according to a release from the Fallen Firefighters Association.

Nordsick collapsed and died that day after directing traffic at the scene of a Wrightsville homicide. He was the grandfather of the current fire chief, Chad Livelsberger.

"I'd say he probably played a big role in my ... joining the firehouse," the chief said at the time.

Nordsick had gone into Wrightsville's fire station after directing traffic, said he wasn't feeling well and went into cardiac arrest, Assistant Fire Chief Matt Russ said at the time. Personnel tried CPR and automated external defibrillator on Nordsick. He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Russ told The York Dispatch at the time.

According to a post from the fire company's website, Nordsick began his career in October 1967 and was the second volunteer in the department's 129-year history to die in the line of duty.

Nordsick and the other fallen Pennsylvania firefighters were among 79 firefighters who died in 2015 and 33 firefighters who died in previous years who were honored during Sunday's memorial.

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