March 13, 2017

Dennis DeVoe - Firefighter Fatality - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe, age 45, died in the line of duty on March 11, 2017, at a hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 
Dennis DeVoe

Lt. DeVoe was a member of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire. He had 21 years of service. 

Dennis was called "Denny" by many of his family and friends. 

In the evening hours of March 10, 2017, a fire broke out in a row house in Harrisburg.  The emergency call stipulated that people were trapped in the building. 

Dennis was responding to the alarm. At a controlled intersection his vehicle was struck by a stolen vehicle which was being driven by a 19 year old female who ran a stop sign. Dennis' vehicle was hit so hard that it was forced through a fence and into a parking lot. 

Dennis was rushed to a hospital where, tragically, on March 11, 2017, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Tragically, Ashanti Hughes, a small child, died as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be a hoverboard which was being charged. While charging it burst into flames, setting the entire house on fire. 

Florian, Patron Saint of Firefighters,
pray for Dennis and for those who
have lost him. 
The 19 year old female driver fled the scene but was later arrested at a hospital. She is believed to have been intoxicated. 

This woman is innocent unless proven guilty. 

However, we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are drunk, wasted or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

A funding site has been set up to help the DeVoe family with expenses. 

Dennis and his family lived in Stewartstown. He had volunteered with fire departments in Fawn Grove, Stewartstown and Whiteford. He first started volunteering at age 16. 

The members of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire are in mourning over the death of their brother. Dennis was a dedicated professional who saved lives. He was a mentor to others. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Dennis' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving and he was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Dennis is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Amy, and their children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Dennis. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone the next. 

God save us from the drunk and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Dennis is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray for Ashanti Hughes and for those who have lost her. Amen. 

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