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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Roulette Firefighter/Student Runs With This Engine Company

Townhouse Destroyed by Fire
Tuesday Feb 02, 2010 7:25AM
Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a townhouse in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County.

Roulette firefighter/student, Dave Lacher, is a live in student at Paxtonia Fire Department shown in this video from WHTM-TV in Harrisburg. Dave responds with Paxtonia to fire and accident calls there.

Dave writes in his blog "Firefighter University"

I moved into the Paxtonia Fire Company in Dauphin County in Fall of 2008. In the year and a half that I have been a member here we have run well over 500 fire calls including numerous working fires.

As a Live-In my responsibilities are pretty reasonable, help out around the station, clean the station, clean the apparatus, and respond to fire calls. Its pretty basic and easy for a place that lets you live there for free just for doing a few chores!

Paxtonia Fire Company has four pieces of apparatus with one being the only one in the county. We have a 1998 Seagrave Rescue Engine, A 1998 Seagrave Tiller which is the only one in Dauphin County, A 2001 Ford Utility Truck, and 2008 Seagrave Suppression Engine.

We are averaging between 400 and 500 calls a year and stay pretty busy running everything from working house or commercial property fires to accidents to automatic alarms. My goal is to show day by day what we do all on top of going to college.

Some days are hectic running calls all night and going to school the next day, but if being a firefighter is what you want to do this is definitely the program for you!


Anonymous said...

Go getem you lil Wagon rider!!! Yall made a nice hit on that. When you going to start Tillering Bro...

Lt. 1-1
PS next time a green engine parks on Side A you should throw your hook threw their front window

Wendy Hann said...

It is nice to see a young person from our area go elsewhere and give so much of himself that benefits' others. You do a great job and we are very proud of you back here in Potter County.... you should be very proud of yourself. I know how much time and dedication you put into firefighting and it shows in the things that your peers write about you. Your skills are appreciated by the fellow firemen you work beside each and every day. Stay safe and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Good Job Dave!! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting that Jim! There are more photos on We are uploading quite a few on to are website amd they should be up shortly

Thanks Dave Lacher

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lt with only 3 of on the rig it was kinda hectic at first! Our OIC was pushing the line and running command until the Chief got there while myself and Cory Noell went to work. Im just glad we stopped it when we did or it could have made for a long day. And thanks Wendy and Brad it seems that school and living down here is really paying off

Mike Bacon said...

Dave you are the man. I can remember us takin essentials way back in the day. Proud of you buddy. Stay low and go and as always be safe

Anonymous said...

Good job David.. (:

Anonymous said...

Great Job Dave!! We are so very proud of you. Be safe!!

Anonymous said...

We are proud of you. Good job to a good guy. If you like what you are doing it makes the job easier. Keep up the school work also.Its always nice to have a back up.

Anonymous said...

Everybody is proud of you man. You represent Roulette well, the way it should be represented. You learned from some of the best up here in Potter County. Don't ease up at all. Work hard and that helmet might change colors someday!!

Justin Cochran

AJ said...

Good Job Dave, we are all very proud of you.

RON said...


Good job Dave, keep up the good work.
The Roulette Fire Dept. is very proud of you!!


Anonymous said...

you go Dave,great to see this.keep on doing & you represent our area very well. luke baker