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Christopher Dornblaser

Prospect Hill Cemetery, in cooperation with county fire departments, will hold a firefighter and emergency personnel remembrance service this weekend in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, according to a release from the cemetery.

The event will start at 1 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery's new Safekeepers Shrine Memorial located at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. The shrine was dedicated in 2015 and is designed to honor all York County first responders.

Four banners will be placed at the memorial, which will have the names of the 29 York County firefighters and emergency personnel who have died in the line of duty, the release states. Earl Shoemaker is the most recent York County firefighter to fall in the line of duty.

Shoemaker, 68, a 40-year member of Eagle Fire Co. in Hanover, died in March when he suffered a heart attack while responding to a fire in the 500 block of Pumping Station Road.

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During the week, the cemetery will display special firefighter banners at each fallen firefighter's grave and will provide a map to those who would like to tour.

Flags will be placed for any firefighter buried at the cemetery upon request. Those who wish to have a flag placed at their Prospect Hill or Greenmount Cemetery during Fire Prevention Week should call 717-843-8006 or visit the office at 700 N. George St.

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