Submitted by his wife
On Nov. 1‚ 2002‚ Lt. Tim DiOrio lost his life in a structural collapse at a house fire to which his company had responded under mutual aid. He was a 22 year veteran of Maine Fire Co. No. 1‚ serving in many capacities and holding almost every possible office at one time or another.
He particularly enjoyed working with new Junior Firefighters and making sure they were properly trained. Training and safety were of the utmost importance to Tim. He had obtained his Firefighter I certification and was preparing to take Firefighter II in a few weeks. He was also a Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor.
Tim also served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper. He was a patrol officer‚ one of a small number of drivers of the Commonwealth’s Mobile Command Center‚ and had recently begun working with the Records and Identification Unit. Tim was also named a Deputy State Police Fire Marshal‚ the career goal to which he had aspired. It was the first time in the history of the Pennsylvania State Police that such an honor was bestowed upon a fallen Trooper.
Tim packed more living into 36 years than anyone I have ever known. He obtained his Commercial Driver’s License and occasionally drove tractor trailers for United Parcel Service. His next goal was to obtain his pilot’s license.
He loved animals‚ dogs in particular‚ especially his three‚ Milo‚ Ruby and Max. He often came across strays at work (Max was one of them) and worked with local shelters in finding homes for them. He had also begun working with a group of caring people‚ transporting dogs throughout the northeast‚ from high-kill shelters to permanent homes or rescue societies.
He is survived by his wife of ten years‚ Tracy‚ his parents Albert and Katherine DiOrio‚ a brother and sister-in-law‚ Albert and Ann DiOrio and a niece‚ Kristen‚ and many‚ many people who were proud to call him a friend.