Pennsylvania Fire Police Captain Dies Following Call

Firefighters in Pennsylvania will remember one of their own this weekend.

Capt. Steven Henry Sr., of the Columbia Borough Special Fire Police, answered his final alarm on Sept. 5.

He felt ill while on a call with the Columbia Consolidated Fire Dept. He went to his primary care physician.

The following day, he suffered cardiac arrest. Henry was 52.

Henry started out his volunteer career with the Maytown – East Donegal Township Fire Department in 1978 and later joining the Shawnee Fire Company. During his tenure, he served in the capacity of Chief Engineer, Captain, 2nd and 1st Assistant Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Fire Chief and finally President.

The Shawnee Fire Company was formally dissolved in 2000, when the newly formed Columbia Consolidated Fire Department (CCFD) was created with the merger of Vigilant Fire Company, Shawnee Fire Company, and Keystone Fire Company.

At that time, Henry had served as the chief for over seven years. Since 2000, he had also served as chief engineer, assistant fire chief and chief of CCFD.

After serving as a firefighter for more than twenty-five years, he became very active with the Columbia Borough Special Fire Police and has served as the captain for the past two years.

Services will take begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Station 807 in Columbia. The family and department
will be receiving friends from 10 until noon.

A procession will then proceed past the Shawnee Fire Company and Columbia Borough Fire Police buildings, ending at Laurel Hill Cemetery for the funeral services.

A gathering to celebrate Henry’s decades of service
will then take place back at the CCFD station for family and friends.