Reported by: Christina Butler
FULTON TOWNSHIP, Lancaster CountyA volunteer firefighter died Friday morning just after getting the call to respond to an emergency.
The 26-year-old was a brand new mother and leaves behind a husband too.
The department where Christi Rodgers was a volunteer draped windows and engines with black cloth in her memory.
Christis gear still hangs inside the Robert Fulton Fire Department while outside, black flags and messages of support go up for the 26-year-olds family.
Early Friday morning Christis pager went off for a house fire on Pilottown Road. When she woke up she had difficulty breathing ad soon was in cardiac arrest. She died before responding to the call.
Chief Tracy Tomlinson says Christi came from a firefighter family, her husband also a volunteer at the same station. The couple has a 1-month-old baby.
Tomlinson says departments from Maryland and surrounding communities will cover their calls so their members can grieve.
The chief also says they are still determining whether there will be a full firefighter service for Christi as if she was lost in the line of duty.
Nearby stations also say they hope to set up fundraisers for the family.
My Brother Has Fallen
My Brother has fallen; no I don't know his name, Have not the same parents still family all the same, He lives in this town, I live in another, It doesn't really matter cause this man is my Brother.
My Brother I call him yet I've never seen his face I have brothers and sisters all over the place, You see I am a Firefighter and our families are one, A tradition for years past from father to son.
Around the world, a brotherhood of unity, A closeness, a bond, most people don't see, I'll watch his back; She'll watch mine, "You go, I go" time after time.
His family's my family, Her family theirs, We're part of one family where everyone cares, I'll look after your kids, please look in on my wife, Should that day finally come when I laid down my life. We dedicate our lives helping our fellow man, Living day after day doing all that we can, Where ever we're needed whether nighttime or day, To save the life of another we'll step in harms way.
My Brother has fallen doing what he loved best, And among the Honored, he now stands with the rest For a mile in dress uniform here everyone stands, For my Brother has fallen God, into your hands.
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