Fire departments honor fallen firefighter – Times News Online


Published June 02. 2021 06:09PM

By DALTON MILLER

Special to The Press

Volunteer firefighters from the Weisenberg and Fogelsville fire departments gathered May 22 on the I-78 overpass on Route 863 to honor a fallen firefighter.

Spring Township, Berks County, firefighter Robert Desch died May 9 from COVID-19. Rob, as he was known, is the brother of Laurys Station Volunteer Fire Company’s Capt. Matthew Desch.

Weisenberg and Fogelsville firefighters erected their large flag up on the I-78 overpass to honor Desch, whose memorial services took place that day.

The funeral procession then traveled east on I-78 to Schisler Funeral Home, Northampton, where the viewing and funeral service took place.

Desch’s final resting place is in St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Laurys Station.

PRESS PHOTOS BY DALTON MILLER Members of the Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Department and Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Company begin preparations to raise the flag up on the I-78 overpass at Route 863.

Matt and Brandon Krapf of the Weisenberg Volunteer Fire Department work with Jeff Sukal of the Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Company to prepare the flag for raising.

The procession for fallen firefighter Robert Desch passes along I-78.

PRESS PHOTO BY DALTON MILLER Brandon Krapf looks out over I-78 as the American flag is in position above him.

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