The Perrysville Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched to a structure fire on Hillendale Road, in Ross Township, at approximately 3:31 PM on Friday March 16, 2001.

Upon arrival of the first engine, a report of a heavy smoke condition coming from the basement area was confirmed. The fire call was in the afternoon and the first responding engines from the Perrysville and Laurel Gardens Fire Companies did not have full crews due to the usual manpower shortage in the daytime. Therefore, multiple alarms were dispatched. Subsequent responding companies included Quaill, Keating, Fairview and the Boro of West View Volunteer Fire Companies along with the Ross Township Fire Police.

Bob Winner was at his place of business when fire companies were dispatched to the scene. As he has done many times since joining the Perrysville Volunteer Fire Company in 1964, Bob left his business and responded to help others in their time of need.

Bob also lives on Hillendale Road, so he was not only responding to a fire call, he was responding to assist a neighbor. Bob arrived at the fire hall in time to drive the crew of Perrysville Engine 1 to the scene. Their task was to supply water from the fire hydrant to Perrysville Engine 3 and the fire attack crew. It was during this time that Bob began to experience chest pains and called for assistance from Ross West View EMS. A full EMS crew, including a doctor, attended to Bob. Unfortunately, their quick response was not enough to save his life.

Bob comes from a long line of firefighters. His father, James Winner, was a Life Member of the Perrysville Volunteer Fire Company, and his Grandfather was a Charter Member. His father James started their family business many years ago. Bob was well known throughout the tri-state area to many fire companies through his business of sales and service of Pierce fire apparatus and fire fighting equipment.

Bob is survived by his wife Sally and son James.

A Memorial Fund has been set up by the Perrysville Volunteer Fire Company:

The Bob Winner Memorial Fund
c/o Fidelity Bank
1009 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237