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Posted on: December 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Chief Emeritus Lee Witman of Colonial Park Passes due to COVID

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Chief Witman impacted many lives since he proudly joined the Colonial Park Fire Company in April of 1957.

The Colonial Park Fire Company regrets to announce the COVID-related Line of Duty Death of Chief Emeritus Lee F. Witman. Chief Witman joined the Colonial Park Fire Company on April 1, 1957 when the fire company itself was only 13 years old. Chief Witman held the ranks of 2nd Assistant Chief, 1st Assistant Chief and Chief of Department which he proudly held from 1963 through 1984. 

After retiring as Chief, Lee was awarded the title of Chief Emeritus for his dedicated service. Chief Witman continued serving the fire company and the residents of Lower Paxton Township as a trustee of the firehouse taking care of the station and most importantly, his prized possession, the firehouse lawn. Lee was a fixture in the firehouse, religiously coming in daily every morning after working out for coffee and to handle his trustee duties. Chief Witman was also a pinnacle of the fire prevention and public education programs ran throughout the township educating kids and adults alike to the dangers of fire in the community. In addition to serving Lower Paxton Township, Chief Witman was active duty with the United States Marine Corps from 1950 through 1954 as well as a Reservist from 1954 until 1980. On Saturdays, Chief Witman enjoyed attending Penn State football games and occasionally crossed paths with the "kids" of the Southside at tailgates. 

The loss of Chief Witman leaves a void in the firehouse that will never be able to be filled. Colonial Park was Lee's life, and he touched every member of this company over the last 64 years of his service up until this last week when he became ill. Lee was preceded in death by his wife Nancy in 2008 who was also a company member. Please keep Lee's daughters Cindy and Denise, his girlfriend Sandy, the Colonial Park family and all of his extended family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks.


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