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Dover Township fire policeman dies working on department truck

Written by Brandie Kessler/The York Daily Record | Jun 7, 2018 6:45 PM
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Grant Froman, a fire policeman with Dover Township Fire Department, died in the line of duty Wednesday. (Photo: Submitted)

(Undated) -- Dover Township Fire Department fire policeman Grant Froman had many varied talents.

With the department for 17 years, Froman was a handyman and a cook. He enjoyed smoking meats and often offered to make something for the guys at the department.

Froman, whose primary duty at the department was being in charge of directing traffic and safety at fire scene, also did maintenance on the department's vehicles.

On Wednesday morning, Froman picked up a Ford F-150 truck from the department and took it home to do some work on it. A neighbor found him after he'd suffered a medical event. 

Froman was taken to York Hospital, where he later died, Dover Township Deputy Fire Chief Widmayer said.

Widmayer had spoken to Froman's family Wednesday after Froman's passing. The department took the trucks to Froman's home to show his family their support. 

Froman loved woodworking. It was a passion. His basement was a "cool wood shop," Widmayer said.

Once, when Widmayer wanted some new cribbing - the blocks firefighters use to prop up and stabilize cars - Froman helped him out.

"He invited me down to his wood shop and ... he helped me cut them, and of course he had to make them perfect," Widmayer said. That night, Widmayer also saw the ring Froman got when he retired from Walt Disney World, where he worked as a chef.

Froman was an avid outdoorsman and was in a hunting camp with a bunch of guys from the department, Widmayer said.

And every Christmas season, when the Dover Township Fire Department held its annual breakfast with Santa - where the department broke even because they priced it so that families could afford to come for the all-you-can-eat breakfast and the photos with Santa - Froman played a role there, too.

"Every year, he's the pancake chef for us," Widmayer said.

The department posted about Froman's passing on its Facebook page Wednesday night.

"He loved helping anyone and was always in a upbeat ready to go mood," the post read. "We will miss Grant here at our department. But will never forget his commitment."

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record. 

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