Jerry Stroble: Nothing else he’d rather do

Each day is different, says the firefighter with York Area United Fire and Rescue.

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Sometimes it’s a stuffed animal or a family photo. It’s often dirty or broken, but each time Jerry Stroble hands over a personal belonging – saved in a house fire – it means the world to the person receiving it.

Walking into a house fire is like stepping into a stranger’s home and trying to walk around with your eyes closed, Jerry says. But it has never stopped him from running inside. With each bell that rings, that same adrenaline rush comes back and pushes the York Area United Fire and Rescue firefighter to get back out there.

It sounds more exciting to other people, he says, laughing.

Each day is different, and each event is a reminder of how important fire service is to a community. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.

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Jerry Stroble

At the neighborhood cookout or the high school reunion, the emergency responders usually get asked about their most exciting call. But it’s a tough question to answer.

Do they want to hear about the babies he delivered because labor came too fast to make it to the hospital? Or about the pets saved from a burning building? Or the one he can’t seem to forget, when he was a paramedic in Williamsport, and a freezing flash flood on Jan. 19, 1996 took the life of a man?

While there are many stories, it’s tough for Jerry to choose. Responding to a call for a water leak, a carbon monoxide alarm or a kid stuck in a high chair don’t usually make the top of the list, but they are all part of it, he says.

“Each day is different, and each event is a reminder of how important fire service is to a community,” Jerry says. “I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.”

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