LODD: Pa. fire chief dies after responding to vehicle crash

Willow Street Fire Company Chief Michael Reese, a 39-year fire service veteran, died unexpectedly at his home

Duty Death: Michael Reese - [Willow Street, Pennsylvania]

By FireRescue1 Staff

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — A veteran fire chief died unexpectedly Thursday at his home.

Lancaster Online reported that Willow Street Fire Company Chief Michael Reese, 53, died of an undisclosed cause after he responded to a vehicle crash earlier that morning, according to Lancaster Online.

“Chief Reese’s life was dedicated to helping others,” WSFC President Bob Kiesel said.

Reese was a 39-year veteran of the fire service, and also spent 17 years as an emergency dispatcher and assistant supervisor with Lancaster County-Wide Communications.

“Words cannot express the amount of pain this loss is on all of us,” neighboring department Lafayette Fire Company said on Facebook.

Other departments, such as the Southern Regional Police Department of Lancaster County, expressed their condolences as well.

“His sudden and unexpected passing will leave a void difficult to fill,” the department wrote in a post.


Official Press Release regarding yesterdays events. We would like to thank all of those that have stepped up to help us and family in our time of need.

Posted by Willow Street Fire Co on Friday, August 24, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the sudden loss of Chief 50, Mike Reese. Mike was a friend to many at 55. He...

Posted by New Danville Fire Co. on Thursday, August 23, 2018

It’s with great sadness we share the news of the sudden passing of Willow Street Fire Co Fire Chief, Mike Reese. Chief...

Posted by Lafayette Fire Company on Thursday, August 23, 2018


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