Five-story fall kills former York-area firefighter

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

A York-area man who, as generations of his family had, volunteered with Thomasville's Lincoln Fire Co. died after plunging five stories from a Maryland roof over Labor Day weekend.

Devin Lee Smith, 30, of Thomasville, was working on a roof near Laurel when he fell to his death on Friday, Sept. 1, according to Susan Mellon, his fiancee.

Devin Lee Smith

Smith's death was announced Saturday evening on Lincoln Fire Co.'s Facebook page.

Smith died of multiple injuries he suffered in the Prince George's County incident, according to a spokesman with the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office.

Smith's death has been ruled an accident, the spokesman said. He said he could not discuss details of the fatal incident and was only allowed to release the cause and manner of Smith's death.

"Trying to get through it as easy as I can," Mellon said.

She described Smith as energetic — and a person who always had a smile on his face.

His selflessness went beyond the fire station, she said.

"He was the kind of guy that gave you the shirt off his back," Mellon said.

According to Mellon, Smith hasn't been an active firefighter for more than a year but said his family has been heavily involved in serving the fire company for generations.

Lincoln Fire Co.'s posting includes an invitation for the public to attend a memorial service honoring Smith at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Lincoln Fire Co. fire station. 5187 Lincoln Highway West (Route 30) in Thomasville.

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