Firefighters Observe 36th Anniversary Of Jeff Jones LODD
Jun 13, 2017 - 5:31: PM
JUNE 13, 2017
Lancaster Township Fire Chief Ron Comfort Jr. placed flowers on the grave of fallen
firefighter Jeff Jones in remembrance of the 36th anniversary of his
Bausman firefighter Jeffrey Jones, gave his life on June 13, 1981 during a confined space rescue.
June of 1981, an 8-year-old boy had fallen into an old septic tank in
School Lane Hills, Lancaster Township. Carbon dioxide gas had overcome
the two paramedics who rescued him. Paramedic Bruce Ditlow went into
the pit first and Paramedic Kevin Weatherlow followed with an air tank
that he tried to share with his friend. But the carbon dioxide from the
decaying grass knocked them both out.
Fire Company's volunteer-Firefighter Jeffrey Jones followed but ran out of air as he worked feverishly to help the
paramedics. He could not lift the fallen medics quickly
enough to the top of the grass pile.
18-year-old Jones died that day. So did Bruce Ditlow, 24, and Kevin
Weatherlow, 23, paramedics and best friends since high school.
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