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.

 

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the Line of Duty Death of Edward "Gary" Minnick. There are few...

Posted by Colmar Volunteer Fire Company on Friday, October 2, 2020

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.  

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