Fallen Bristol Fire Police Captain to be Honored

Bristol Fire Company Police Captain David Wintz will be honored in Doylestown on Sunday.


The Bristol Fire Company (Station 51) and the Bucks County Fire Chief’s and Firefighter’s Association will pay tribute to late Bristol Fire Police Captain David Wintz, who died in the line of duty while directing traffic during a three-alarm blaze at Dow Chemical's Rohm & Haas Bristol plant in May 2012.

The eighth annual event will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Bucks County Courthouse, located at 55 E. Court St. in Doylestown.

Wintz — who served as a firefighter for 50 years — died of a heart attack shortly after leaving the scene of the fire after he became ill. Emergency responders from Bristol Fire Company arrived at Wintz’s home to try to revive him, but were unsuccessful.

Wintz’s name will be added to a memorial located in the courtyard of the Bucks County Courthouse. The ceremony pays homage to the 23 Bucks County firefighters and fire police officers who have given their lives while protecting and serving others since 1915.

“Dave Wintz was devoted to his community and was dedicated to making it a safer place to live through his half-century of volunteerism as a firefighter,” Bristol Fire Company Chief Herb Slack said. “We are extremely grateful the Bucks County Fire Chief’s and Firefighter’s Association will recognize Dave’s hard work, selfless attitude and commitment, and that he gave his life in the line of duty.”

For more information about the Bucks County Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, contact the Bristol Fire Company at 215-785-1975.

The Bristol Fire Company is located at 198 Wood St. in Bristol. Station 51 is always interested in community members who are interested in joining the all-volunteer department. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about the department’s services, call 215-785-1975 or visit www.bristol51.com.

Sue Wintz Griscavage October 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM
My father devoted his life to saving the lives of others. There was not one day that I can recall the whistle blowing and him not running out the door to respond whether he was feeling his best or his worst. He never thought of himself as a hero, he was just doing the job he was born to do and loved so much.


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