Local firefighter remembered, vets honored at 9-11 ceremony
Nearly 100 people gathered at the Court of Valor and Safekeepers Shrine at Prospect Hill Cemetery for the annual Sept. 11 remembrance, first responders tribute and veterans tribute on Sunday.
The names of nine honorees were added to the black granite Court of Valor statue, bringing the total number of local service members inscribed on the monument to 373. The monument recognizes service members who have been awarded a medal of valor.
For retired Col. H. Philip Kissinger, being honored by Prospect Hill Cemetery was something he never thought about until he moved back to York two years ago.
"I didn't even know it existed," said Kissinger, who received a Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army as a chaplain working with soldiers in Vietnam and their families at home. "Being able to point men to the Lord, you see, that was the blessing of my life for 33 years."
One new name was added this year to the Safekeepers Shrine honoring first responders who have died in the line of duty. Lt. Dennis DeVoe, a member of the Fawn Grove Fire Co. and a career firefighter for the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, was killed March 11 while responding to a fire call in Harrisburg.
York County President Commissioner Susan Byrnes presented a folded flag to DeVoe's widow, Amy DeVoe, during the ceremony. Amy DeVoe then unveiled her husband's name etched in the Safekeepers Shrine.