LODD: Pa. FF dies from suspected heart attack responding to oil leak
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Colmar Firefighter Edward "Gary" Minnick, 65, on the day of his funeral
By Laura French
COLMAR, Pa. — A Pennsvylania volunteer firefighter has died in the line of duty due to a suspected heart attack while responding to an oil leak.
Colmar Firefighter Edward "Gary" Minnick, 65, was in a utility truck responding to a gas station where the leak was reported on Oct. 1 when he suffered a medical emergency, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Paramedics immediately performed life-saving measures but Minnick could not be resuscitated.
"There are few words that we have now to express the loss that we all have suffered not only personally but as a department and community," read a statement posted by the Colmar Volunteer Fire Company last Friday.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered commonwealth flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Minnick's funeral, which was held on Oct. 7.
Minnick had served with the Colmar Volunteer Fire Company for more than 18 years and was previously a volunteer firefighter in Warminster, according to his obituary. He also worked as a crossing guard for Lansdale Borough.
Minnick is survived by his wife Anna, three stepchildren, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two siblings.