Edward N. Steffy‚ 71 years old‚ from Rothsville‚ Pennsylvania‚ died on November 10‚ 2011‚ in the line of duty while serving as a fire police officer. At the scene of a motor vehicle collision‚ Mr. Steffy felt ill and sat in his vehicle‚ where he suffered a massive cardiac event and succumbed despite resuscitation efforts of medical personnel.
As a 49-year life member of the Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company in Lancaster County‚ Pennsylvania‚ Ed held numerous operations and administrative positions‚ including assistant chief. Also during his tenure with the fire company‚ he was a life member in the Rothsville Ambulance Association‚ where he served as an emergency medical technician‚ crew chief‚ and CPR instructor‚ as well as holding many administrative positions. Ed ran actively with the Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company until 1999. In recent years‚ his capacities were reduced to fire police duties. Prior to joining the Rothsville Fire Company‚ he held memberships in both Lititz and Neffsville Volunteer Fire Companies.
Ed was very active in the Salem United Methodist Church‚ located in Rothsville. He held many positions and was involved in numerous committees.
Ed also served in the United States Army Reserves as a member of the 99th Field Hospital.
Following a long career in the automotive and truck parts sales business‚ Ed retired in 1999. During retirement‚ Ed and his wife‚ Rosene‚ lived full-time in their recreational vehicle. They had been longtime campers and had an ambition to travel the country in their RV. In their travels they were able to visit all 50 states‚ including a 50th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii. Ed and Rosene enjoyed life ‘on the road’ for almost twelve years. When ‘off the road‚’ Ed also loved spending time with his grandchildren and horses.
He will fondly be remembered for his ambition to assist those in need‚ as Ed was always willing to lend a helping hand. He also had an infectious sense of humor and lived life to its fullest.
Ed is survived by his loving wife of 51 years‚ Rosene K. (Kreider) Steffy; two sons‚ Mark C.and wife‚ Dawn Steffy‚ of Lititz‚ Pennsylvania‚ and E. Nevin and wife‚ Janice Steffy‚ of Millington‚ Maryland. He is also survived by four grandchildren‚ Elizabeth Anne Steffy‚ Kathryn Marie Steffy‚ Nathaniel C. Steffy‚ and Gabrielle E. Steffy.