Fallen Montgomery County firefighter Sean DeMuynck laid to rest

A Montgomery County firefighter who lost his life battling a Fourth of July house fire in Lower Merion Township was laid to rest on Saturday.

Sean DeMuynck, a 35-year-old member of the Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company, climbed to the third floor of a burning home on Rosedale Road just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Lower Merion Cheif Fire Officer Chaz McGarvey said DeMuynck was with two other firefighters when a mayday call went out around 11 p.m. DeMuynck was unable to escape the home, according to McGarvey.

"His dedication was second to none. He gave 110% on everything. He was here, always around, he worked to better himself and he pushed everyone else to be better," Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company Chief Ted Schmid said.

Officials have not announced what happened during the fire that lead to DeMuynck's death. DeMuynck and his wife were hours away from reuniting with family in Canada when he responded to his final call. 

"Sean’s wife asked for full honors and we gave him what he deserved. Members were heartbroken but everybody rallied and came together and he got the send-off he deserved," Chief Schmid said.

DeMuynck was honored during the week with a motorcade processional lined with firefighters and first responders that weaved through Montgomery County. 

A GoFundMe page has been started to help raise funds for DeMuynck's family.



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