Bruce Lamar Sensenig
- Quentin Volunteer Fire Company
- Age: 20
- Year of Death: 2013
Bruce Lamar Sensenig was 19 years old when he began to volunteer with the Quentin Fire Company. He enjoyed being a first responder. He attended training classes and was disappointed when the class was canceled due to low enrollment. He took his duty seriously. On the evening of July 22, 2013, he lost his life less than a mile away from the fire station, when he collided with an oncoming vehicle while responding to a call during a heavy rainstorm. He was only 20 years old.
Bruce Lamar told his wife many stories about good memories with the fire company. He had a great sense of humor. He was often the first one to do something, such as accepting challenges during training. When the fire chief had trouble deciphering his signature, he gave his name as Bruce Willis. The name and the joke stuck.
Bruce Lamar grew up in a Mennonite family on a farm and lived in Lebanon County all his life, not far from the small town of Quentin. He often took time to play with his little brother, two nieces, and nephew. He love hunting and fishing, which he often did with his brothers or his friends. He was well known for his friendly personality. He was a happy go lucky person who could easily make people smile.
Bruce Lamar loved taking challenges and was willing to learn sign language when he started dating Katie, who is deaf. On March 30, 2013, he and Katie were married and started a new life together, which only lasted for four precious months.
The night of the accident, a lady arrived at the scene just after impact, and she stopped. As a nurse, she saw that Bruce Lamar was dying. She took his hand, talked, and audibly prayed for him. She held his hand until he died. She told him if he had to go, just let it go and take Jesus’s hand. He died, and she told the family that he peacefully let go.
Between the wedding day and his death, Bruce Lamar had good sayings, and his personality brought many good memories to help his wife face life on her own after his death. His wife is encouraged by his famous phrase he had for her: Life is not fair; you have to accept it and be happy anyway. Since his death, this phrase has continued to encourage Katie as well as other people.