Fallen Harrisburg firefighter laid to rest

Lt. Dennis Devoe

SHREWSBURY, Pa. (WHTM) – The Harrisburg fire lieutenant killed while responding to a call was laid to rest Saturday.

Lt. Dennis Devoe, 45, died one week ago, after he was hurt in a crash Friday night at the intersection of 14th and Walnut streets.

Investigators said Devoe had just returned from a funeral for a retired Harrisburg firefighter when a fire was reported in the 2500 block of Lexington Street.  He was on his way to the fire station on 16th Street to pick up his gear when his vehicle was struck by a driver later arrested for DUI and other charges.

Devoe’s funeral service was held Saturday at the Grace Fellowship Church of Shrewsbury, followed by a private burial.

“Denny would talk to anybody. He was very kind, very family oriented. His wife and him, they were truly in love,” said Patrick Fuller, a firefighter with Mt. Pleasant Fire Company #8.. “I would just like people to be more like Denny. If we all lived our lives like Denny, it would be a much better world.”

On Friday, firefighters from across the state attended a memorial service to remember Devoe’s life.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to 24-7 Commitment, an organization that provides resources that strengthen and encourage the marriages and families of firefighters, by visiting its website: www.247committment.org

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