Dover Borough mayor, Union Fire & Hose Co. captain dies

Dover Borough Mayor Robert "Bob" Dentler, a fire police captain, died recently.

Dover Borough Mayor Robert "Bob" Dentler, died Saturday, March 24. He was a fire captain with Union Fire and Hose Company. Photo courtesy of Union Fire and House Company.

The 67-year-old died at York Hospital on March 24, according to his obituary. 

Dentler was a fire police captain for Union Fire and Hose Co. according to Chief Troy Dettinger.

The chief said Friday, March 30, that it would be hard to fill Dentler's shoes.

"He was a kind and gentle person with a great personality," he said.

Robert "Bob" Dentler

Dettinger said Dentler had a membership with the fire company since the 1970s but didn't become active with the company until 2006.

Dentler became mayor in January 2016 after former mayor Richard Pope resigned from the position, according to meeting minutes.

Those minutes show that Dentler had been a borough councilman since at least 2010.

He served the remaining two years of Pope's term and won the position himself in the 2017 election, according to York County's election results. He won with 145 votes.

“He was a borough resident that truly cared about the borough," Dettinger said.

Robert Dentler's Obituary on York Dispatch

Dentler also served as a member of the Northern York County Regional Police commission. The commission, which governs the regional police department, is made up of officials from each municipality the department serves.

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