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80 years old and 61 years of service

By DALE FEEHRER, Correspondent | April 03, 2021 | PENNSYLVANIA

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Middletown VFD member Gene Tripp recently turned the big 8-0 and thanks to his son Daryl (also with MVFD) and friends were able to make this memorable. Gene has served with the MVFD for 61 years as a firefighter, diver, safety, and water rescue instructor, he also served with the Harrisburg River Rescue as a diver as well.

A few weeks before his 80th birthday, Gene was hospitalized with a few medical issues and the outcome was not looking well. Miraculously, Gene pulled though and was released. Upon hearing the news, his son Daryl organized for a parade to pass by his fathers home and for friends and family to visit. Multiple departments around the area including Middletown, Lower Swatara, Maytown, and Harrisburg River Rescue responded to the request.

After the parade friends and family visited with Gene and shared in his celebration. Gene was presented a plaque for his 61 years of service by the MVFD.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.