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Paul K. Stroble Jr.: Remembering a hero and leader

The community has lost a hero.

Paul K. Stroble Jr., who served the people of Old Lycoming Township with bravery and as a leader and mentor, passed away in early January at the age of 83..

He was chief of the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co. for six years and chief engineer for many more years beyond that and “provided a work ethic and discipline that propelled future leaders of the company and emergency services beyond that members went on to touch,” Joseph Hopple, director of emergency services for the fire company told the Sun-Gazette for a recent article.

Hopple is not alone in his assessment of Mr. Stroble’s contributions to the fire company and to the community it serves.

“Our fire company is better today and our community is safer today because of Paul Stroble,” Tim Shumbat, fire company president, said. “He led by example. I had a lot of respect for him.”

Paul Stroble “served his country, his community and his God,” Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk said.

“If you needed help, he would offer it,” Old Lycoming Township Fire Chief Matt Oldt said. “He would have you figure out the answer. There are not a lot of veteran firefighters like him.”

These words by those who worked alongside him, who knew his service to the community best, speak to how admirable his leadership was.

We share our condolences with those who loved him and are grieving him. We hope his example continues to inspire the next generation of firefighters in Old Lycoming Township and throughout the region.

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