Fallen firefighter laid to rest by neighboring company

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Steven Detwiler was a firefighter for most of his life at the Orbisonia and Rockhill Fire Department.

“My dad put a lot of years into the fire company and helped a lot of people,” Nichole Detwiler, Steven’s daughter, said.

His dying wish was to be transported in a firetruck to his final resting place. However, after being rejected by his own company, an out of county department stepped up to honor his lifelong service.

“We were happy to help because that’s basically our calling to be there and not only for the community, but for our brothers and sisters,” Barby Trent, from the Reade Volunteer Fire Company, told us.

Saturday afternoon, the Reade Volunteer Fire Company showed their respect for the life and career of Detwiler.

His family was reassured, knowing he was smiling during the entire service, getting his final wish.

“We can’t even describe what it meant to us to give our dad’s last wish,” Nichole said. “They honored him the way he should have been honored.”
 
Detwiler had three children and several grandchildren.

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