Harrisburg PA Bureau of Fire is mourning the loss of one of their own, Lt. Dennis DeVoe.
While responding to a house fire in the 2500 Block of Lexington Street, where a 2 year old girl died; Lt. DeVoe had his life tragically taken by an intoxicated driver operating a stolen vehicle who ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed and struck his vehicle at 14th and Walnut.
Lt. DeVoe, was a 21 year veteran of the Bureau of Fire, and was recalled following his attendance of a funeral for a former Harrisburg Bureau of Fire member.
PennLive featured an article about DeVoe and other Harrisburg Firefighters a short time ago in February 2017; detailing a harrowing rescue of a trapped man in the 1200 Block of Kittatinny Street. DeVoe responded in the interview by simply saying ‘It’s what we signed up for.’ You can help by visiting the GoFundMe page set up for DeVoe and making a donation.
This tragic incident serves as a deafening reminder about the very real consequences of driving while impaired. Millions of dollars are spent annually on various campaigns in the hopes to curtail persons driving under the influence. Yet despite virtually every adult knowing it’s often a fatal decision; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released that U.S. traffic deaths increased 7.2% in 2015. Alcohol-related collisions where the operator had a Blood Alcohol Concentration over 0.08% had a big part in the increase of fatal accidents. These booze fueled tragedies took the lives of 10,265 in 2015.
Learn more about drunk driving in PA and please make responsible choices if you consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
Godspeed Lt. DeVoe, and thank you for your years of selfless service to your community.