Timothy DiOrio, Lieutenant

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Lieutenant DiOrio and the members of his department were dispatched to a mutual aid structure fire involving a large old house that was being used for storage. During the fire fight, a portion of the wraparound porch collapsed and pinned Lieutenant DiOrio's leg in the rubble. Two firefighters came to his aid immediately, one tried to pull Lieutenant DiOrio free by his arms and the other attempted to lift the debris off Lieutenant DiOrio's leg. Moments later, the entire house collapsed, propelling the rescuers away from Lieutenant DiOrio. The secondary collapse covered Lieutenant DiOrio. It took firefighters hours to control the fire and remove the wreckage that covered Lieutenant DiOrio. He was crushed by a large wooden beam and died of traumatic asphyxiation. Lieutenant DiOrio was also a Pennsylvania State Trooper based in Selinsgrove.

Department information

Maine Fire Company of the Coal Township Fire Depar
1101 West Independence Street
Coal Township, Pennsylvania 17866

Chief: Robert Wariki

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Timothy DiOrio was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 36
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: November 1, 2002 00:10
Date of death: November 1, 2002
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Memorial fund information

A memorial fund has been established in Timothy's honor for the Maine Fire Company Truck Fund and contributions may be sent to the Maine Fire Company, Independence and Poplar Streets, Coal Township, PA 17866.