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Rest In Peace Chief.......... I trust you are in good company!! ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
Battalion Chief (Retired) Herbert M. Berger, Jr.
It is with a heavy heart that Fire Chief Brian Enterline of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire announces the passing of retired Battalion Chief Herb Berger after a valiant battle against cancer. His wife and daughter were at his side when he passed away earlier today.
Chief Berger was hired on March 4, 1981, proudly wore Badge No. 45 and assigned to the B Platoon Station 1. Herb was promoted to Lieutenant on May 18, 1987 and worked the B Platoon first at Tower 3, then Squad 8. Following his promotion to Captain on July 15, 1996, he was assigned to the C Platoon at Station 1. On December 23, 2002, Captain Berger was promoted to Battalion Chief working first on A Platoon then retiring as the commander of C Platoon before his well- earned retirement of 31 years as an outstanding firefighter and officer on March 28, 2012. Herb was a very proud Harrisburg firefighter and officer. One of the highlights of his career, and something he was most proud of, was his ability to be part of Pennsylvania Task Force One and being part of the initial response to the World Trade Center on 9/11.
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Rest Easy Chief We’ll Take It From Here. Thank You For Your Service.🚒🇺🇸🚒
My condolences to all of his family and friends
You were an amazing gentleman and will be greatly missed. Love and prayers to the family 🙏
Rest easy Chief. It was a pleasure meeting you when I was just a young Firefighter/EMT. My prayers to Chief Berger's family for comfort.
Firefighters, our brave friends. RIP
You will be missed so much from all of us at the diner rip my friend
RIP Herbie. Say hello to Greg while you two sit with The Heavenly Father & watch over all of us.
GodSpeed Chief and Rest easy
Thank you for your service. May you rest in Peace. God Bless you and your family.
I’m sorry for your loss 😢❤️
God Bless you Brother
Nice t-shirt Jason Lloyd...Happy Thanksgiving, Brother!
You know what love is.... love is these three miss guided West Virginia brothers that got up at 4 A.M. and drove 6 hours one way to hang out at the Allison and get hair cuts!!! Men, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for spending the day with us!! We Love You!! ... See MoreSee Less
I felt lopsided until he cut the other half of my hair off!
Did you charge extra for the mechanic work on his car?
97 years ago today the Allison had another line of duty death. Daniel Huber was operating at the Capital Bedding fire at 14th and Howard St when he got trapped by smoke and fire between two walls. Daniel was rescued but not before breathing in superheated gases. The fire occurred on January 2 1922 but the burns to his lungs ultimately killed him November 22 1922.
On January 2, 1922, at 4:15 am, the night watchman at the large Harrisburg-Overland Company’s plant at 14th and Howard Streets near the middle of Allison Hill’s bustling industrial and warehouse district looked outside and across the street to see flames lapping from a window of the Boll Brothers Manufacturing Co. He immediately ran to Box 76, only several feet from the fire, but could not open the door, possibly due to being frozen shut. He then ran back to his watch station and called the Harrisburg Police desk sergeant downtown. The sergeant immediately telephoned the Mt. Pleasant Engine 8, located only two blocks away to alert them. Upon their arrival, firemen found a large two-story frame building, approximately 40’ x 140’ occupied jointly by Capital Bedding Co. and the machine shop of the Boll Brothers Manufacturing Co. fairly well involved. Someone then pried the door to the fire alarm open and pulled the hook on Box 76 bringing out the full first alarm. The flames were by now spreading quickly to an adjacent one story frame building occupied by the salesroom and office of the Oliver Chilled Plow Co. On his arrival, Fire Chief Marion Verbeke immediately struck the general alarm bringing out the entire department of 16 companies.
The fire was very spectacular and firemen were hampered by extremely cold temperatures and freezing water. Early into the incident, the roof of the Capital Bedding building collapsed causing a problem extinguishing piles of bedding and excelsior storage. Both buildings were owned by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad. Both buildings were a total loss and it was believed the blaze started from an overheated furnace in Boll Bros. Loss was finally set at $82,000.
Flying brands ignited small fires at the Harrisburg Bag and Box Co. 1550 Vernon St. where an awning was destroyed, and at E.C. Snyder lumber mill, 18th and Holly and also the John Black Garage on S. 17th St. All of these losses were slight. The wagon of the Paxton Engine No. 6 handled these spot fires with chemical lines. Companies were out over 3 hours. Fireman Charles May (Hope Engine No. 2), sustained a lacerated cheek when he was struck by a piece of slate roofing. Fireman Robert Kirkwood (Allison Truck No. 2) sustained cuts on hands and legs by broken glass. Fireman Daniel P. Huber, (Allison Truck No. 2) was trapped between two buildings and breathed in super heated gasses. He died suddenly on November 26, 1922, as a result of those injuries.
- Dave Houseal ... See MoreSee Less
Just shows that HFD has always had a strong history of brave and competent firefighters. A priceless tidbit of history to keep and protect.
‘Paxton’...I can attest to personally...was a “brand control” BEAST! It’s how the ‘Paxton Sneak’ came to be...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this young lad would've lived just a few feet from the current squad house.
107 years ago yesterday Samuel Wanbaugh was driving the Allison’s two horse chemical wagon to a call. As he was making the the turn at 15th and Market he was cut off by an automobile and was thrown to the ground suffering a broken neck killing him immediately.
Samuel resided at 1111 Plum St. ... See MoreSee Less
One less vacant to worry about. Where's the next one? Keep going
Keith wasn’t this your house?
It’s been a long week and a half but I’m so thankful it’s over! While the weather was cold and windy we had no rain and everything went flawlessly! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us and helped make this happen! We never could have done this without you!!!
The firehouse is 110 years old this year and with this beautiful roof we should be nice and dry for another 100 years!!!
Thank you!!! ❤️
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That is a sweet looking metal roof.
So glad you were able to make this a reality!
Great job to everyone involved!
Awesome! Looking forward to this year
Great job everyone!
Great job everyone looking great. Another check on your long list of things to do Jason
Man that looks awesome! Great job men!
Looks Amazing! 🤩
Awesome! Wish I could help out more!
What a job! Looks great!!!
What an accomplishment!!!
Wow awesome job!
Good job and well done.
Wow. Serious long term investment there! Nice job!
God bless all those involved with this rebuilding of the firehouse
Im not a roof guy, but that's beautiful.
Looks great 👍
Love it!! Looks great 👍🏻
Wow that looks great!!!
Thank you to all of our Veterans that give us the freedoms we all enjoy!!!
Allison Driver Joseph Beidleman served in the United States Army during WW I . Corporal Beidleman returned safely from the service and resided in Harrisburg until his death in 1957 due to a stroke. The Allison Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2 offers a tip of the helmet to all our veterans and especially those Allison members who served our nation's military. ... See MoreSee Less
It was a long day that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while. When you have the right friends anything is possible! Thank you men!! Good work! ... See MoreSee Less