Gravely ill midstate firefighter escorted home

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2014 6:19 AM

Photo by Courtesy of Jeremy Long/Lebanon Daily News

Firefighters wait in line outside the childhood home of cancer patient Robert Sweigart in Hinkletown, Lancaster County, to visit him on Wednesday.

(Hershey) -- Firefighters from more than a dozen Pennsylvania fire departments escorted a gravely ill colleague home.

Twenty-three-year-old Robert Sweigart, a firefighter with Myerstown's Goodwill Fire Company, was being treated for his second bout of leukemia but his treatments weren't working.

Karen Sweigart says her son decided he wanted to die at home.

Myerstown firefighters in Lebanon County were waiting to greet him Wednesday when he left Penn State Hershey Medical Center. But they weren't the only ones.

More than than 20 pieces of apparatus from 15 fire companies covering three counties joined the convoy bringing Sweigart to his family's home 30 miles away in Hinkletown, Lancaster County.

Sweigart waved to the crowd as he was carried inside on a gurney.

Firefighters lined up outside to wait their turn to say goodbye.

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