Last Updated: 1/5/2010

Thoughts and Prayers to the family of Richard Holoka

Ridge Fire Company had a cardiac call at 4:37 AM this morning, Tuesday December 1st, 2009. It turned out to be one of our own, Richard Holoka. He was transported to Phoenixville Hospital but didn't make it.

Rich was a member of Ridge Fire Company for 33 years!!! While here he was a Firefighter, Company Secretary, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, and currently, Trustee.

Rich was also a member of Liberty Spring City, Chester County Station 63 for 37 years!!! He was a currently a Trustee.

During his life Rich was a Chauffer and Trustee of Humane Fire Company No. 1, Montgomery County Station 84.

He was a Life member of Friendship Hook Ladder Hose and Ambulance, Montgomery County Station 85.

Obituary in

Obituary in {PDF 80KB}

  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in memory of Richard Holoka to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Neurosurgery
The Children's Hospital Foundation
PO Box 827790
Philadelphia, PA 19182.

  The Division of Neurosurgery offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services to infants, children and adolescents up to age 19. Particular emphasis is placed on the child with a brain tumor. A multidisciplinary neuro-oncology group is active in this area and all diagnostic modalities are available for the investigation of lesions of the brain. The Division is particularly involved in the Hospital's multidisciplinary neuro-oncology program, in both treating and researching brain tumors. This research has largely focused on the genetic components of brain tumors and other central nervous system pediatric diseases

  The Fire Companies that sent trucks were Chester County First West #51, Chester County Ridge #62, Chester County Liberty #63, Chester County Ludwigs Corner #73, Montco Oaks #63, Montco Humane #84, and Montco Friendship #85.

  Assisting with traffic control were Chester County Lionville/Sadsburyville #47/31, Montco Linfield #51, Chester County Kimberton #61, Chester County Ridge #62, and Montco Humane #84

Viewing Friday December 4th, 2009 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at;

Shalkop Grace & Strunk Funeral

135 Bridge Street

Spring City, PA 19475-1402

(610) 948-7666

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Viewing. 9:30 AM to 10:45 Am, and Funeral Saturday December 5th, 2009 11:00 AM at;

Zion Lutheran Church

39 Bonnie Brae Road

Spring City, PA 19475-2401

(610) 948-3323

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Interment Saturday December 5th, 2009 following Funeral at;

Oak Grove Cemetery

near 1186/1200 Old Schuylkill Rd

Spring City, PA 19475

{Near Ruckle's Auto Repair & Body and MacKissic}

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Information will be broadcast, via DES pagers, at 1800 Hours on Wed 12/2 and Thu 12/3

Any Fire Companies wishing to attend please contact Chief McMillan at 610-960-1669

We will be needing Fire Police Help

Official Letter from Chief McMillan requesting assistance {PDF 432KB}

{If you would rather have the letter Faxed to you E-Mail you Fax#}

We will be using Chester County CFG2 to communicate.

Along Rt 724 and Bonnie Brae Rd. during the Viewing/Funeral Saturday December 5th, 2009

There will be a lot of traffic in and out of the Church and probably some fire trucks parked along the roads.

In the area of Oak Grove Cemetery during the Interment Saturday December 5th, 2009 following the funeral

Old Schuylkill Rd will have to be closed down from 1247, Anderson Rd, to 965, Sanatoga Rd.

Saylors Mill Rd will have to be closed down from 151, E, Cedarville Rd, to 48, Old Schuylkill Rd.

We will need help turning vehicles onto/off of Sanatoga Rd at New Schuylkill Rd {Rt 724}

Any Fire Police able to assist please contact Fire Police Captain Hedrick at 856-207-5750 or