Douglas was born June 3‚ 1960‚ in Pottsville‚ Pennsylvania. He lived most of his life in Williamstown‚ graduating from Williams Valley High School in 1978 and Thaddeus Stevens College in 1981. Doug served 22 years with the Army National Guard. He recently retired as an automotive mechanic with the support maintenance shop‚ Pennsylvania National Guard‚ at Ft. Indiantown Gap. He received several awards for maintenance excellence and for his military service.
He was a volunteer member for 29 years of Liberty Hose Company No. 1. At the time of his death‚ he was serving as the department’s chief driver; he had formerly served as president‚ treasurer‚ and assistant fire chief. He was also a driver with the Williamstown EMS.
Doug’s life revolved around helping others in the community. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church‚ American Legion‚ Dauphin County Firemen’s Association‚ Lykens Liberty Hose Company Band‚ and the former Williamstown Military Band.
Doug is survived by his teenage daughter‚ Leah‚ his mother and father‚ and a brother. His daughter‚ Leah‚ was his pride and joy‚ whom he loved dearly. Everyone knew when Doug was at a softball game shouting encouragement to Leah. He enjoyed cooking and baking‚ giving competition to the ladies of the community at the yearly carnival.
On that day‚ July 9‚ 2010‚ Doug was doing something he truly loved-responding to a fire call to help someone in need. Our community lost a great person. The Williamstown EMS‚ an all volunteer organization‚ recently dedicated a beautiful flag garden and monument in Doug’s memory. All the lives he touched and beautiful memories made will never be forgotten.