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Firefighters mourn death of fallen comrade

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Monday was a cloudy, gloomy day at the Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Company; very fitting of the mood there.

Saturday afternoon, Pleasant Hall firefighters responded to a tractor accident on Mountain Road. When they arrived, firefighters discovered that the victim was fellow firefighter Ron Keefer Sr.

Keefer joined the Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Department in 1974. He left for nine years because he was on active duty in the military. He rejoined the fire department about two and a half years ago. Last year, he was awarded firefighter of the year.

Keefer's colleagues said they will miss the man they describe as dedicated and goofy.

"The past couple days you think about it and you're sad and you just try to remember the good times, the smiles on his face, the laughing," said Lt. Hayley Kendall. "He was a great guy and he's gonna be very, sorely missed."

A viewing will be held at Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday starting at 1 p.m. at Fogelsanger-Bricker Memorial Home. A precession will then travel to Parklawns Memorial Gardens where Keefer will be laid to rest.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Company at P.O. Box 115, Pleasant Hall, PA 17246.

The family has chosen to have a firefighter's service for Ron. All fire departments other then Company 11 units will be staged at Parklawns Memorial Garden. Any fire department interested in having apparatus at the cemetery should contact Lt. Matt Kendall at 717-532-5155 or mkendall@phfd.org.


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