Pennsylvania Firefighter Dies after Blaze

The Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, Pa. is mourning the death of firefighter Thomas Hays. Hays died in his sleep Dec. 8, after battling a restaurant fire. He was 25.

Hays and the rest of his company reported to the scene of the Dec. 7 fire at 8:30 p.m. The fire was inside the restaurant's walls and Hays helped open the walls to extinguish the fire. The blaze was under control by 10 p.m. Hays went home and went to bed where he died overnight.

Hays had been an active volunteer with the company for seven years and was deeply was dedicated.

"He gave a lot of time to work and fill in shifts and help out when he could," said Merion Fire Company Assistant Chief Jim Teel.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, Penn.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margeret Church on North Narberth Ave., Narberth, Penn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, P.O. Box 102, Ardmore, Penn. 19003.

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