Daniel W. McIntosh & Paul Wurst Added to Roll of Honor
On a beautiful late September morning, Bucks County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW joined the Bucks County Fire Chiefs' and Firefighter's Association to honor the 25 members of the county firefighting/paramedic community who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1915. This year's Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service was especially meaningful as it paid tribute to Union Fire Company Station 37 Fire Police Officer Paul Wurst (1906-1958) and Bensalem Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Daniel W. McIntosh (1970-2010). Both names have been inscribed on the memorial in the Bucks County Courthouse Memorial Courtyard.
The event featured a procession of the Loch Rannoch Pipes & Drums unit and scores of uniformed first responders up Main St. and into the courtyard, an invocation by Chaplain Jonathan Bosco, presentation of colors by members of the Bensalem Police, and keynote remarks by Paul Kreuter, president of the Bucks County Fire Chiefs' and Firefighter's Association; Chris Reif, president of the Bucks County Squad Chief's Association; Commissioner Vice Chairman Martin; and Commissioner Marseglia, reading prepared remarks from Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick.
"We especially want to welcome family members and friends, offering the solemn condolence that your loved one's sacrifice will never be forgotten," Commissioner Martin told a gathering of several hundred that included Mrs. Beth Ann McIntosh and daughters, Addison and Delaney. "In that spirit, today is not only a time for mourning and reflection, but also a time for gratitude. We hope never to have to add the names of any fire, police or emergency medical response heroes to the memorial. If, God forbid, we do - we will be ready to act just as they were in the service of fellow citizens."
"This year we gather to add two more names to this memorial: Fire police officer Paul Wurst and Paramedic/firefighter and police officer Daniel McIntosh," Commissioner Marseglia read on behalf of Congressman Fitzpatrick. "Danny Mac's story came to my attention when his widow came to my office asking for help following Danny's passing. That story became the inspiration behind what is the Daniel McIntosh Public Safety Officers Benefits bill signed into (federal) law earlier this year. The law affords emergency services personnel and their families with peace of mind and equal protection under the law."
The 45-minute ceremony also included a bell tolling in honor of all 25 Bucks County heroes, as well as a roll call of fallen Pennsylvania firefighters and EMTs from the past year. It concluded with the laying of red roses and white carnations on the four-sided granite memorial, which is located near the point of E. Court and Main streets in Doylestown Borough.