Harrisburg firefighter honored for lives saved after death


Mount Pleasant Fire Company is in the heart of Allison Hill. Inside is the locker of the late Lt. Dennis Devoe.

DeVoe, a 21-year veteran of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, was headed to a house fire in March 2017 when his vehicle was struck at the intersection of 14th and Walnut streets. The other driver was arrested for DUI and other charges.

DeVoe saved lives as a firefighter and continues to have an impact. The organs donated after his death saved the lives of five people and his tissue was used in as many as 100 surgical operations.

On Friday, International Firefighters’ Day, the Gift of Life Donor Program presented the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire with a plaque honoring Devoe.

“Even though we lost him, he gave a new future to so many others, and I think that is incredible,” Deputy Fire Chief Michael Souder said.

The Gift of Life program says there is a need for organ donation in Pennsylvania. There are thousands of people on waiting lists. Across the United States, 22 people die every day waiting for an organ.

For more information on becoming an organ or tissue donor, visit http://donatelifepa.org/registration

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