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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 14, 2022 12:35 PM
From: Senator Jarrett Coleman and Sen. David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Condolence Resolutions for Two Fallen Firemen
On December 7, 2022, Assistant Fire Chief Zachary Paris and firefighter Marvin Gruber, both of the New Tripoli Fire Department in Lehigh County, tragically had their lives cut short when they became trapped while fighting a house fire in West Penn Township in Schuylkill County.

In order to honor their memories, we will introduce condolence resolutions for their families.

Please join us in support of these resolutions to honor their sacrifice and heroism.

Document #1

Introduced as SR14

Description: Zachary Paris served as the Assistant Fire Chief with the New Tripoli Fire Department in Lehigh County.

Always feeling the need to serve others, he volunteered as a Junior Firefighter for the Blandon Fire Company and eventually came to the New Tripoli Fire Department where he worked hard to become Assistant Fire Chief of the company. In addition to his service in New Tripoli, he also worked for the Green Valley Fire Station in Maryland.

Zachary was the husband of Elizabeth M. Paris for the past 12 years and was the father of two daughters, Lila E. and Amelia R Paris.

Document #2

Introduced as SR15

Description: Marvin Gruber served as a volunteer firefighter with the New Tripoli Fire Department in Lehigh County.

Marvin volunteered with the fire service since the late 1980’s and served the New Tripoli Fire Department since 2020. In addition to his service with the fire company, he was also the Assistant Director of Public Safety for the Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA for the last 22 years.

Marvin was the husband of Karen S. Gruber for the past 35 years, was the father to Nicholas Gruber, Jordan Lybarger, and the grandfather to Cole, Lucas, and McKenzie Gruber.