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Lower Swatara Fire Department President McKillip laid to rest

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 6/24/20

An American flag, hoisted above East Main Street, waved in the wind June 16 as a parade of fire trucks drove underneath.

The fire trucks led Lower Swatara Fire Department President Michael …

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Lower Swatara Fire Department President McKillip laid to rest

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An American flag, hoisted above East Main Street, waved in the wind June 16 as a parade of fire trucks drove underneath.

The fire trucks led Lower Swatara Fire Department President Michael McKillip to his final resting at Ebenezer Cemetery.

“The Lower Swatara Fire Department would like to thank everyone for coming out today to help us lay a fellow member to rest. Mike McKillip was an integral part of the department and will sorely be missed,” the department wrote on its website.

The parade began at Matinchek Funeral Home on Main Street and ended at the intersection of Farmhouse Lane and Ebenezer Road in Old Reliance Farms where McKillip lived.

Board of Commissioners Vice President Todd Truntz recognized McKillip during the board’s June 17 meeting, wishing McKillip’s family peace and comfort.

“Mike was a giant in our township as far as public service, service in the fire department every community needs. Certainly grateful for that,” Truntz said.

About a dozen other fire departments and other agencies from the area attended services for McKillip, including fire departments from Middletown, Swatara, Steelton, Progress, Paxtang, South Hanover, Londonderry, Hershey, Highspire, Grantville, and West Hanover.

Members of the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 Unit also attended, and Middletown and Lower Swatara police officers helped with traffic control.

According to his obituary, McKillip, 60, passed away on June 6 at Hershey Medical Center. He is originally from Harrisburg.

McKillip worked at MJR Equipment and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg.

He was a fan of watching NASCAR, cooking, camping, driving cars and stockcar racing.

He’s described as being a “very big part” of the Lower Swatara Fire Department. McKillip has been a member of the department for 31 years, starting his career running fires.

McKillip was president of the department for the past several years. His work included running the weekly bingo, coordinating the social fire hall and working with the women’s auxiliary on the monthly meal fundraisers.

He worked with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry when the department was deployed.