June 8, 2015

David Knapke - Firefighter fatality in Williamsburg, Ohio

David Knapke
Lieutenant David Knapke, age 55, died in the line of duty on June 5, 2015, at a hospice in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lieutenant Knapke was a volunteer member of Williamsburg Township Emergency Services. He had more than 30 years of service with the Department.

On May 30th, 2015, David attended a fire in Mt. Orab, Ohio. The fire was extinguished but while still on scene, David suffered a heart attack. His fellow first responders performed CPR at the scene and used a defibrillator five times to get his heart pumping again.

David was flown to a hospital in Cincinnati. He became conscious a few times but slipped into a coma and was put on life support. Tests revealed that he had suffered brain damage. His previously stated end of life instructions were to not continue with life support under these circumstances.

He was taken off of life support and passed away on June 5, 2015, at a hospice in Cincinnati.

To help the family with expenses, you may donate to the David Knapke Benefit fund
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
David and for those who
have lost him.
at any People’s Bank location.

David's father had been a firefighter with the Department. David had hung out at the firestation even as a young child. He also served multiple terms as a council member for Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Township Emergency Services is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

Friends describe him as a good man who was selfless. He was always there for those who needed him.

David's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He passed away doing what he loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

David is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to the community, David.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray that David is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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