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Firefighters remember fallen lieutenant

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A Lancaster County firefighter was among five people killed over the weekend in a traffic accident.

Black sashes are hanging at the Quarryville Fire Company to honor fallen firefighter Lieutenant Doug Hoffer, Jr., 32.

"Yeah, it was just a big shock. A lot of us have known Doug. Myself, I've known Doug my whole life. We grew up together. Our parents were friends, so we did a lot of weekend BBQs and swimming parties and things like that together," said Chief Jamie Welk.

In 2001, the professional truck driver decided to hop on board with the Quarryville Fire Company.

"He wanted to be a driver. Doug's passion was driving anything with wheels. So he came to the fire company and we have lots of wheels," Welk said.

Firefighters said Hoffer was everyone's friend.

"Anything you needed done you could ask Doug, and he'd always do it with a smile. Didn't matter if it was from cleaning the bathroom to going up into a house fire. If you needed it done, Doug would be your guy," said Welk.

Hoffer was also a devoted dad to two children, a boy and a girl.

"He was here, he had them. They were with him. They weren't anywhere else, they were with him," said Welk. "Try on dad's gear, whatever. They loved doing it. That's the kind of guy Doug was."

Now the only thing on Hoffer's gear rack is a black sash.

"His helmet was given to his son at his son's request," Welk said.

A fire truck is the only tangible trace of Hoffer. He played an important part in getting the new ride back in 2008.

"It's gonna be tough. I mean if you look behind me, Doug's empty gear rack and mine's only 2 down from his. It'll be different," said Welk. "He's gonna be missed."

Hoffer was killed Saturday near the Maryland line in Franklin County. Police said his motorcycle collided with an SUV that crossed the center line. Another motorcycle then hit the SUV.

The accident killed a passenger in the SUV and all four people on the two motorcycles.

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