Emergency! star to help dedicate York Fair fire station

York Dispatch
Randolph Mantooth, star of the 1970s NBC show "Emergency!" will be at the York Fair Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10. Submitted photo

NBC's "Emergency!" star Randolph Mantooth will make his first appearance at the 2017 York Fair, where he will be part of the fairgrounds fire station rededication ceremony.

He's tentatively scheduled to appear for fundraising autograph sessions Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, at the York Fair Fire Station. He'll be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

On Sunday, Mantooth will act as grand marshal of the annual Salute to Heroes Parade. The rededication ceremony of the York Fair Fire Station will begin about 3 p.m.  

At the conclusion of the parade, everyone is invited to the grandstand to hear his special presentation to first responders, said West Manchester Township Police Sgt. Rick Trout. 

Trout said everything fell into place for Mantooth's appearance. When Trout discovered that Station 51 was not in use, he sought its use and received approval from the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner. 

"I found out it's available and thought about how that relates to the television show," Trout said. "I thought, wouldn't it be neat to have some cross-play with that?"

The 1970s show followed the early years of the Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedic program with the focus on firefighters and paramedics. Mantooth played firefighter and paramedic Johnny Gage. 

The series focused on Squad 51, which took on life-or-death challenges filmed in a semi-documentary style. The York Fair Fire Station will be selling photographs and other "Emergency!" memorabilia.