Category Archives: Fires & firefighters

Union church buildings, once common, now rare in York County area

You hate to see any building go up, but this fire took down a 160-year-old church in Lineboro, just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland. Area churches have extended a helping hand to the two congregations who worshipped at Lazarus Union Church. The building almost stood in York County, only a short distance into Maryland. It was the closest union church to York County’s last remaining house of worship. Union churches, common in the region until demergers began in the past 50 or more year, are marked by two congregations that meet in the same building. Down in Lineboro, the congregations – United Church of Christ and Lutheran – hope to rebuild.

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When it comes to preservation of York County buildings, how about unleashing our creativity?

This rendering shows the replacement for the Springettsbury Fire Hall, gathering place for all kind of events for 50 years. This new building is designed as the home of the York, Pa., Area United Fire and Rescue and the Springettsbury Volunteer Fire Company The then-empty lot on Commons Drive in Springettsbury Township is the new home for the $3.8 million fire station.

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Prospect Hill Cemetery moment honors heroes in emergency, armed services

York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photograph captures a memorable moment Sunday at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Here we have U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, in military uniform, handing a folded American flag Michelle Miller, second from left. Michelle Miller is the wife of Loganville Fire Company chief Rodney Miller, who died in the line of duty earlier this year. The moment was part of a Court of Valor observance, tied to Sept. 11, 2001. The Court of Valor bears the names of more than 300 military veterans who earned medals for valor or sacrifice. So the day was a moment in recognizing heroes in the emergency services and armed services.

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Civil War’s Battle of Wrightsville: Looking to honor an unsung, unknown Union defender

This diorama of the Battle of Wrightsville, part of a museum in that York County, Pa., river town, shows Blue and Gray troop positions on Sunday, June 28, 1863. An audio presentation describing the diorama tells of the unknown black man killed in the Confederate assault on the Susquehanna River bridgehead. No monument stands to honor this Union defender. Interestingly, a grave marker for an unknown Rebel soldier was recently dedicated up river from Wrightsville. Interest is growing in a marker to recognize the Union defender.

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Dover Township explosion adds to long list of house blasts in York County’s past

This explosion and house fire along Carlisle Road last week captured the attention of the York community. The Dover Township, Pa., structure went up with no loss of life. It was next to a vet’s office – remembered by many as the former home of Waltermyer’s flooring – but no one and no pets were injured there either. This is not the first time a house exploded around York County.

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York-area Remembrance Day marks early observance of Gettysburg 150: Linked in to history, 4/30/13

Yorktownsquare covers Gettysburg Sesquicentennial Remembrance Day, the Casper Glattfelter family, Tom Wolf’s run for Pennsylvania governor and Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller’s death in the line of duty.

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In York, Pa., and Boston, Mass., police and emergency services workers are truly people who matter

A memorial garden featuring the names of firefighters and police officers who have died in the line of duty is to the right of the York County, Pa., emergency services building. The 911 center in Springettsbury Township is protected by a curved continuous concrete wall, between 18 and 24 inches wide.

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York’s South George Street as you’ve never seen it: Linked in to history, 2/18/13

This photograph from on high shows South George Street in York as you’ve never seen it – from the belltower of an old firehall

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Pen reportedly used for Civil War surrender linked to York County (by a thin line). Linked in to history, 1/29/13

Yorktownsquare.com covers York native and millionaire Jacob Tome, Rescue Fire Co.’s new owners, quarrying in York and York County’s potential tie to a famous Civil War pen.

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York’s Rescue Fire Company, Mack the Fire Horse’s former home, now a private residence

The nicely remodeled landmark Rescue Fire Company No. 4 building in York, Pa., now serves as a private residence.

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