5K race to help volunteer fire companies and honor fallen firefighter

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A new foundation in Warriors Mark is raising money to help volunteer fire companies stay afloat.

It was started to honor a firefighter who was killed last year.

The Run 4 Responders” 5K will start here, right in front of the Warriors Mark Volunteer Fire Company. It’s raising money to help volunteer fire companies and honor a local hero.

“He was larger than life, carried himself like he was invincible and he always wanted to help people,” said Missy Gensimore, Bobby’s wife.

Memories of Bobby Gensimore…

“He was a really good supporter, he was always there for me if I was grumpy or whatever he would always try and tell a funny joke,” Grace Gensimore, Bobby’s Daughter, said.

Bring joy to his wife and daughter Missy and Grace.

Bobby was killed while working for PennDOT on February 17, 2018. He was laying out road flares ahead of an accident on I-99 when a driver hit him.

“Oh, it’s devastating, I’ve been through it too many times already, to lose a member of the fire company, but to lose an active member and somebody that’s not only a member of the fire company but a close friend, it’s tough,” Jerry Seeger, Chief at the Warriors Mark Volunteer Fire Company, said.

In his honor his wife started the “LT.. 22-40 First Responder Foundation”, named after the role he held with the Warriors Mark Volunteer Fire Company for years.

The organization raises money to pay for training and equipment for local volunteer fire companies. Their next fundraiser is the inaugural Run 4 Responders 5K also created in memory of Bobby.

“He would love it,” Missy said.  “This would be something he would have been so excited about.  He was so full of life and liked everything.”

The race will start at the Warriors Mark Volunteer Fire Company 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. The day before would have been Bobby’s 47th birthday.

To learn more about the “LT.. 22-40 First Responder Foundation” click here.

You can register online or by email by May 1, 2019.

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