Roll of Honor

Edward "Gary" Minnick

Edward “Gary” Minnick

  • Captain
  • Colmar Volunteer Fire Company
  • Pennsylvania
  • Age: 65
  • Year of Death: 2020

Edward “Gary” Minnick, 65, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Edward P. and Blanche A. (Bartley) Minnick on August 30, 1955.

Gary began his 30 plus years of service to the community with the Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He served as a firefighter with the Warminster Fire Company and then with the Colmar Fire Company, until he could no longer handle the physical demands of fighting fires. Gary was still committed to serving the community any way he could, so he transferred to the Colmar Fire Company’s traffic division, where he rose to the rank of captain and served until his last call on October 1, 2020.

On November 11, 1995, Gary married Anna and became a stepfather to her three children, Christina, Michael, and Rebecca. He loved and was committed to all three as if they were his own.

Gary Minnick was many things: a loving husband, a stepfather, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a firefighter. His dedication to his community and family was strong and never faltered. Whether the fire alarm sounded, a family emergency occurred, or one of his grandchildren simply needed a ride to work, Gary never hesitated to answer the call.

Gary’s love for fighting fires and serving the community was evident in the many stories he told to anyone willing to listen, about the incidents he and his crew responded to.

On October 1, 2020, the alarm sounded. Gary kissed his wife and said to her, “She was the best thing that ever happened to me.” He left to answer the call, but Gary never made it to that call. He was found by one of his fellow firefighters, lying unresponsive next to his fire truck.

Edward “Gary” Minnick passed away doing what he loved and had dedicated his life to—being a firefighter.

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