Edward “Gary” Minnick


On Thursday, October 1, 2020, Firefighter Edward “Gary” Minnick was responding to an oil leak at a gas station.  While in the utility truck at the fire department, he suffered a medical emergency and paramedics immediately performed life saving measures.  All resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Department information

Colmar Volunteer Fire Company
2700 Walnut Street
Colmar, Pennsylvania 18915

Chief: Andrew Backlund

Age: 65
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: October 1, 2020 16:30
Date of death: October 1, 2020
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Responding
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office

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