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Memorial Friday for Stewartstown firefighter
A memorial for Lt. Dennis DeVoe is planned in York County for Saturday.
Funeral arrangements have been set for Dennis DeVoe, the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire lieutenant and Stewartstown resident who died in the line of duty Saturday.
The 45-year-old father of four was en route to assist at a fatal house fire Friday when his vehicle was struck by an intoxicated driver, according to Harrisburg police. He died the following night.
Eighteen-year-old Khanyae Kendall remains in custody and has been charged with several felonies and misdemeanors, including aggravated assault by motor vehicle and DUI.
Memorial services will be held Friday in Harrisburg and Saturday in Shrewsbury.
In Harrisburg: DeVoe will have a firefighter’s memorial Friday in Harrisburg, which will start with a funeral procession led by the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire.
DeVoe’s casket will be carried on the vehicle he drove for the bureau, according to Bureau of Fire Deputy Fire Chief Mike Souder. The casket will be draped with an American flag.
The procession will start on State Street before turning on North, Third and Walnut streets, making its way around the Capitol Building in Harrisburg.
Those walking with DeVoe’s casket will include his family, local and statewide fire officials, and high-level state officials, among many others, according to Souder.
The procession will lead to the service, scheduled to start at noon Friday in The Forum Auditorium, located at 500 Walnut St. in Harrisburg.
The service will be open to the public. Souder predicts the service will quickly fill The Forum’s capacity of 1,610.
“I’ve been to a memorial that’s had 1,000 [seats] easily filled,” Souder said, and he expects many more to attend the service Friday.
Uniformed personnel who would like to pay respects to DeVoe are asked to assemble on the steps of the Capitol Building as the procession passes by. The uniformed personnel may assemble once more outside of The Forum for the casket reception.
The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire still plans to march in Harrisburg’s St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday.
In York: A second memorial is planned in York County for Saturday. The service will be held at Grace Fellowship Church at 74 E. Forrest Ave. in Shrewsbury.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m.
A private committal will be held Saturday in the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery in Fawn Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the DeVoe family has requested that contributions be made to 24-7 Commitment, a charity that supports the marriages and families of firefighters.
Reaction: Souder described DeVoe was a deeply committed firefighter.
“When he went home he would look at videos and attend all of the trainings,” he said. “He just loved his job.”
Bureau of Fire has been in constant contact with DeVoe’s widow Amy, Souder said, adding, "for the circumstances, she’s doing pretty well.".
Souder said Friday will serve as a day for firefighters to celebrate DeVoe and to express their grief.
“Obviously we’re hurting,” he said. “It’s important to not keep it inside — to talk it out.”
Souder called DeVoe a “very genuine person [and] a good family man.”
“He will never be forgotten. That’s for sure,” he said.