FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - Fire trucks, apparatus and the American flag were proudly displayed on Friday to honor Ron Keefer, a Pleasant Hall Volunteer Firefighter, who died in a tractor accident last week.
Funeral services were held for Keefer at Fogelsanger-Bricker Memorial Home. He was laid to rest at Parklawns Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg.
"We on behalf of Pleasantville Fire Company are going to miss Ron," said Andrew Reed with the Pleasant Hall Fire Company. "Ron and his family are in our thoughts and prayers, and we'll never forget Ron."
Keefer joined the fire company in 1974, and was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2012. He also spent nearly a decade in the military as a paramedic.
Keefer was off duty when at his home last Saturday. A tractor rolled over and trapped him underneath. His colleagues were some of the first on the scene.
"We're all brothers and sisters in the fire company and we lean on each other definitely in times like this, and it was sad, but we celebrated Ron's life," said Reed. "Ron's the kind of person who wouldn't want us to grieve."
Pleasant Hall firefighters say Keefer was a role model, and they'll remember him as someone who was always happy and smiling.
"He loved being in the mountains, he loved being part of the community, and he loved being a fireman," said Reed.
Memorial contributions can be made to Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Company at P.O. Box 115, Pleasant Hall, PA 17246.