Community mourns volunteer firefighter

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We have new details coming in about that man who was killed in a crash Saturday on Interstate 99.

WTAJ’s Karina Cheung spoke to people in Warriors Mark who say Robert Gensimore brought a smile to everyone’s face and was known for his service.

“Bob was a generous, helping and kind person and he was doing what he was known for when this terrible tragedy occurred,” said Joe Thompson, the Huntingdon County EMA Director.

Gensimore was helping set up road flares along I-99 in Blair County while he was working for PennDOT late Saturday afternoon.

He died after a car slid out of control and crashed into him.

Joe Thompson says this is a devastating loss to the Huntingdon County EMS community.

“I’ve known Bob for most of the 30 some years I’ve been involved with emergency services in Huntingdon County. When I was a dispatcher, I can remember that there just weren’t too many times when a call went out and when Bob was not working he answered on the call.”

Gensimore was a member of the Warriors Mark-Franklin Volunteer Fire Company and worked with PennDOT for 13 years.

“Bob enjoyed helping to make a difference in people’s lives. If it meant that he maybe could have helped prevent another injury or accident orr something bad from happening to someone or protecting someone that was in something like that, that’s Bob Gensimore”

A public servant to the end — Thompson says Bob’s legacy will live on through everyone he touched.

“Bob could be an example, or should be an example, for all us in the emergency field, especially volunteer,” said Thompson. “That you could count on Bob to the be there to do the right thing, to help people when they needed help and just so many lives he’s touched over the years. It’s going to be a big gamp and I’m sure the community is hurting.”

No charges have been filed in this deadly crash at this time.

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