Local hero dies after 49 years of service

By on November 16, 2011



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Longtime Rothsville firefighter and Army veteran Edward N. Steffy was honored with a firefighter’s service at his funeral on Nov. 15 at Lititz United Methodist Church.

Steffy, a 71-year-old fire police officer with the Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company, passed away in the line of duty while at the scene of a Nov. 10 vehicle accident at East Newport and Rothsville roads, suffering what appears to have been a heart attack.

Fire Chief Sam Young and one of the people involved in the accident took turns performing CPR on Steffy until the ambulance arrived. Steffy was pronounced dead at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

Young was not available for additional comment due to service preparations, but he was quoted in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era earlier this week, saying, "(Steffy) was always willing to help people, and… well, he was a very nice gentleman. He was a good friend and will be missed."

Steffy served the Rothsville community as a member of the fire company for 49 years and worked as an emergency medical technician prior to joining the fire police. At one time he also served as the department’s assistant chief.

The bulk of the information used in this article was found in the Nov. 11 issue of the Intelligencer Journal/New Era in an article by Jennifer Todd.

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Edward N. Steffy, 71, of Rothsville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 at Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Lititz to the late John H. and Eva E. (Ehrhart) Steffy and was the husband of Rosene K. (Kreider) Steffy, to whom he shared 51 years of marriage.

Edward served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Rothsville. He enjoyed camping, square dancing, traveling and reached his goal of visiting all 50 states. Edward was employed in retail sales of automotive and truck parts, retiring from Ephrata Auto Parts in 1999.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: E. Nevin, husband of Janice (Singer) Steffy, of Millington, Md.; Mark C., husband of Dawn (Myers) Steffy, of Lititz; four grandchildren: Elizabeth Anne Steffy, Kathryn Marie Steffy, Nathaniel C. Steffy and Gabrielle E. Steffy; two sisters: Eleanor, wife of William Nelson, of Camp Hill; and Audrey Slater, wife of Dr. Richard Leader, of Dunnelonn, Fla.

Edward was preceded in death by a brother: John H. Steffy Jr.; and a sister: Joyce E. Almoney.

His funeral service was officated by Pastor David P. Unangst. Interment took place in the Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, Mission Fund, 1744 Old Rothsville Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company, 2071 Main St., Lititz, PA 17543-3029.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com. More STEFFY, page A6