Smucker Honors and Remembers Willow Street Fire Chief Michael Reese on House Floor

September 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16), in a speech this afternoon on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, honored and remembered Willow Street Fire Chief Michael Reese who passed away two weeks ago.

Click here to watch Rep. Smucker's speech.

Rep. Smucker’s full remarks on the House floor:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

“It is with a heavy heart that I rise today to honor and remember a dedicated public servant in our community who just passed away two weeks ago today at the young age of 53 – Willow Street Fire Chief Michael Reese.

“Chief Reese’s career as a firefighter – which spanned four decades and began when he was a teenager – stands out in our community as one of service, pride, and bravery. 

“His loss is a tremendous loss to our community, as well as his fellow firefighters. And [fire company] president Bob Kiesel said recently in a statement, said it best that “Chief Reese’s life was dedicated to helping others.” 

“In addition to his 39 years as a firefighter and EMT, Chief Reese spent 17 years as an emergency dispatcher and assistant supervisor with the Lancaster County-Wide Communications. 

“Chief Reese focused his entire career on serving others – on making our community a safer place – and on saving the lives of those he was charged with protecting. 

“Michael served alongside his brother – David – who is the Deputy Fire Chief in Willow Street. 

“David -- and all the firefighters in Willow Street and across Central Pennsylvania – will carry Michael’s spirit with them for the rest of their lives.

“I am extraordinarily grateful for his service. We owe a debt of gratitude to Chief Reese, his wife Susan, and to his entire family. His memory will not soon be forgotten.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.”

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