As a lot of people already know, the person that was struck and killed earlier Thursday morning was Quarryville resident David “Dave” Hess. Dave spent many years as an active Fire Police Officer with our Company, and held the title of Fire Police Captain for several years in the early 2000’s. Although retired from fire police service, Dave was still a good friend to quite a few members of the Company, along with his sons Jason, Jordan and Justin, who all are or were members of the Company. Please keep the Hess family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this trying time.
“Hessy” was always a stand up guy and was always upbeat with a quick smile and kind words. He was very active as a Fire Police Officer, even after working long hours driving milk truck and caring for his family. Many stories can be told, and will be told in the next few days, about Dave. I think one that this poster remembers best is when I was Fire Chief (2003 maybe), there was a house fire on South Lime Street on a Tuesday evening at about 5:30 pm. I drove to the scene and heard Engine 574 respond quickly. It was a few minutes until the other units responded, fully staffed, back to back. On arrival, then Captain Scott Kreider ran past me on the way to get to work on the fire and yelled “I’m gonna flip out on Hessy” (maybe not the correct words😉). I did not realize what happened, but Dave was in the area of the firehouse when the call went out, and he decided to let the apparatus out by stopping traffic. Unfortunately, he had about 20 firefighters backed up in traffic who could not get to the station to staff the rigs that he was stopping traffic for!! Of course, after the fire was under control, we talked it out and laughed about it. We still talk about that incident to this day.
Remember the great times, the fun times. Funeral information will be posted when we have it.