Fire company: Fireman died Sun. morning

Borough: Death caused by medical episode on scene

From staff reports

BEAVERTOWN — A Snyder County firefighter died Sunday morning, the result of suffering a medical episode while assisting on scene of a Saturday night fire, Rescue Hose Company 20 announced Sunday evening.

Beavertown Borough said 57-year-old Craig Ginter, of Beavertown, was assisting the engine set up for a drafting operation to fill tankers for a chicken house fire. He was assisting with unrolling hoses, gathering fittings and helping to pump water at the fill site.

According to the official report from the borough, Ginter advised the engine crew that he needed to take a break. After resting for 15 minutes, he told the crew that he was short of breath and needed an ambulance.

Dep. Chief William Mattern immediately used his radio to call for an ambulance. Ginter was monitored prior to the ambulance arriving but became unresponsive at the scene. Lt. Mike Mattern administered CPR and was assisted by the rest of the crew on-site until the Beaver Springs Ambulance arrived and transported Ginter to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, where he later died.

“We want to express our deepest sympathy to the family of our firefighter who passed away early this morning while on a fill-site detail in West Beaver Township,” Rescue Hose Company posted Sunday evening on its Facebook page. “We want to thank everyone for their support to us through the last few weeks and throughout the next few.”

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that he was ordering all state flags on state grounds and public buildings in Snyder County to fly at half-staff in Ginter’s memory.

According to the borough, the National Fire Data Center, U.S. Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security reached out to Beavertown Borough to send their condolences and to notify the family and organization of help from FEMA, as well as from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland also extended condolences to the Beavertown Rescue Hose Company, friends, family members and the community for whom Ginter served. The flags at the memorial are at half-staff in honor of Ginter.

The fire was first reported at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, wasn’t cleared until after 4 a.m. Sunday and caused the death of 1,400 chickens, according to WKOK-AM in Sunbury.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.


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