Pennsylvania Firefighter Killed, Junior Firefighter Injured In Crash

Updated: 10-20-2004 11:50:43 AM

Associated Press

AMITY, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a Berks County firefighter was killed in a car accident after he and another teenager went out to rent movies for the rest of the department to watch.

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Nonnemaker of Birdsboro died Saturday in a two-vehicle collision on Old Swede Road in Amity. The driver of the vehicle, junior firefighter Craig Johnson of Amity, is listed in good condition Sunday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Police say Johnson lost control of his car and was struck in the passenger side by an oncoming vehicle. Two people in the second vehicle were treated and released.

Amity Fire Chief Kevin Neiswender says Nonnemaker's death hit the fire department hard, especially since many of the firefighters who responded to the accident knew him well. Neiswender says he called in several other departments to help at the scene because many of the Amity firefighters were upset.


Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Paul's UCC Church, 1312 Old Swede Road in Douglasville, Pa.

The funeral service is scheduled to begin around 4:30 p.m at the church.

Burial will be at the Hyland Memorial Park in Pottstown, Pa. Thursday, Oct. 21. A procession of fire apparatus will take the casket past Amity Fire Department, and then on to Pottstown.