Incident Detail: 1983 Call No. 02


1983
Call No.  2
Time Out
02/07/1983
20:30
Time In
02/08/1983
00:45
Type
 Structure Fire 
Location
 Kocher's 


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February 7, 1983

Tanker 22 was dispatched to the Kocher residence on Grand Avenue in Tower City, Schuylkill County, for a structure fire. Tanker 22 responded with a crew of three, and numerous other members responded POV. At the scene, the crew found a 2?-story wood frame double block residence with heavy smoke coming from the second floor and roof area. In addition to the fire, firefighters also had to battle wind-driven snow and sleet, freezing temperatures, and ice-slick pavement surfaces. A tanker fill site had been set up, and a porta tank was set up on scene for tankers to dump water to supply several engines from Porter Township. Tanker 22 dropped many loads of water throughout the duration of the fire, until released by command. One firefighter from Company 22 sustained a strained back when he slipped on a ladder. A Muir Firefighter, Hilbert J. Reiner, age 67, known as "Wimp", died of a heart attack at this fire. He was the driver of Muir's pumper. Fire companies from Tower City, Sheridan, Muir, Reinerton, Orwin, Valley View, Williamstown, Wiconisco, Lykens, and Elizabethville assisted at the scene. Also, the Tower City Ambulance was at the scene. The Joliett fire company stood by in Tower City's station.

Local fire companies later led "Wimpy's" funeral procession with their lights flashing in a silent tribute to a fallen comrade. The funeral procession was led by the Tower City Police and the Muir Pumper which "Wimpy" drove to the fire the night he died. The following fire companies also participated: Tower City, Joliett, Hegins, Williamstown, Reinerton, Sheridan, Tremont, North End of Pine Grove, and Hose, Hook, and Ladder of Pine Grove. Falling snow on the day of the funeral prevented other companies from participating.



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