Line of Duty Death
Date: 07.05.2021

For Immediate Release Officer-In-Charge: Chief Chas McGarvey
Date and Time of News Release:
July 5, 2021, 11:30 AM

Location: 75 E. Lancaster Avenue

Incident Number: F2117423
Date and Time of Incident: 7/4/2021, 10:33 PM
Location of Incident: Rosedale Road, Penn Wynne
Department Spokesperson: Chief Chas McGarvey
For Further Information Contact: Chief Chas McGarvey
Telephone: 610-645-6190

On July 4 at 10:34 PM, the Lower Merion Fire Department, specifically the Penn
Wynne/Overbrook Hills Fire Company responded to a reported structure fire on Rosedale Road,
Wynnewood, 19096. Upon arrival, units found the structure heavily involved with fire and smoke,
fire suppression began, and incident command was established.

At approx. 11:02 pm a mayday was received; the Rapid Intervention Crew went into service and
Firefighter Sean W. DeMuynck was found on the third floor to be unresponsive. Firefighter
DeMuynck was rescued by the Rapid Intervention Crew and transported to Lankenau Hospital in
Wynnewood via Narberth Ambulance departing the scene at approximately11:30 pm and arriving at
the Lankenau Hospital emergency department at approximately 11:37 pm.

Sadly, attempts to revive Firefighter Sean W. DeMuynck were unsuccessful, and he was
pronounced deceased at 12:22 am.

Firefighter DeMuynck has faithfully served the citizens of Penn Wynne and Lower Merion
Township as a Volunteer Firefighter since August of 2019. He is survived by his wife and mother
and father. Firefighter DeMuynck and his wife are Canadian and were due to move back home to
rejoin their family today, July 5, 2021. Firefighter DeMuynck will sorely be missed.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
All questions and inquiries should be made to Chief Chas McGarvey at
cmcgarvey@lowermerion.org or 610-645-6195.
A Press Conference will be held at 1:00 pm on July 5, 2021 in front of the Penn Wynne Fire
Company at 1440 Manoa Road, Penn Wynne.


 

Final Inspection for New Engine
Date: 12.22.2020

Today, members travelled to KME in Nesquehoning, PA for final inspection of our new engine. We were very pleased with the truck and thank KME for another awesome job.






 

Annual Awards Presentation
Date: 11.04.2020

This year we were unable to hold a formal banquet. We did hold an informal, socially distant and members only dinner earlier in the month to recognize achievements and milestones in service and training. We recognized the following:

Service Awards:
5 Years of Service: Ethan Mazer, Victor Tello, Matthew McCormick
15 Years of Service: Anthony Molchany
25 Years of Service: Christopher Feder, Patrick DeHoratius
35 Years of Service: Steven Kaercher, Ted Schmid
45 Years of Service: Warren Neely

Achievements in Training:
Technical Rescue: Glenn Montgomery, Sean DeMuynck, Benjamin Schmid and Aaron Abrams
EMT: Alec Dascani, Sean DeMuynck and Ethan Mazer
Firefighter 1: Jasper Lim-Goyette, Sean DeMuynck and Benjamin Schmid



 

PENN WYNNE–OVERBROOK HILLS FIRE COMPANY MARKS 32ND ANNIVERSARY OF FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Date: 10.30.2020

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (Oct. 30, 2020) — As National Fire Prevention Month comes to a close, the Penn Wynne-Overbook Hills Fire Company marked the solemn anniversary of its only firefighter killed in the line of duty. Harold Beck Jr.  died on Oct. 30, 1988 at just 41 years old when he suffered a heart attack while fighting the nine-alarm fire at Kiddie City in Ardmore.

​Beck, a longtime volunteer firefighter, and the rest of the Penn Wynne company were called out in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 30, 1988, around 3:20 a.m.  A passerby had reported seeing smoke coming from the Kiddie City building. First arriving units were met with heavy black smoke, prompting calls for additional fire companies to respond. Ultimately, the fire reached nine alarms with 300 firefighters from 11 companies fighting the blaze that had spread beyond Kiddie City and into adjacent buildings. The fire was placed under control at 6:42 a.m.; however, fire company equipment remained on location for days to assist with hotspots.

​Beck, who was from Havertown, was at the Kiddie City fire when he suffered a heart attack, which proved to be fatal. The company photographer, Beck was given a Firefighter’s Funeral and has been memorialized with a plaque in the firehouse

​“I was there that night,” said Ted Schmid, a longtime firefighter and now Chief of the Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company since 2018. “All of firefighters had fought back the fire and had been able to keep it from engulfing neighboring homes so the mood was jubilant, when Harold when down. Whenever you lose a man battling a blaze, it’s a devastating loss for the firehouse,e and we will never forget it. We will never forget Harold.”

​Chief Schmid noted that the company wanted to have a ceremony to remember Beck and say a few words on the anniversary of his death, but canceled the event due to safety concerns surrounding the pandemic. “We’ll have an event to celebrate him and his life when we can open up the firehouse to the public and share with them how special Harold was and how much of a sacrifice he made.”

 

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As Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 1 and residents turn clocks back one hour, Chief Schmid reminds Lower Merion residents to replace the batteries in smoke alarms. “The early warning provided by smoke alarms can save lives by alerting family members to fire and giving them time to get out of the house safely,” said Schmid.




 


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