Christopher M. McCann, 43, of Lancaster, succumbed to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident on October 14, 2023. Born in Reading, he was the son of Michael J. Sr. and Deborah L. McCann. He would’ve celebrated 17 years of marriage, memories, and laughs with Roberta (Belock) McCann on October 21.

Serving others was Chris’ calling in life. In November 1998, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He frequently shared his time and was proud to be one of the first troops deployed to Iraq after 9/11. He would continue to serve until November of 2003 when he was honorably discharged with a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge and the rank of Sargeant. A 10-year veteran of the Lancaster Bureau of Fire, he served as 2nd driver of C-Platoon Engine Company 1. In his years, he held many positions and took advantage of learning and applying himself to all aspects of fire and rescue.

Chris enjoyed basic things in life, including spending time with family at their cabin in Tioga County, where he would frequently explore and appreciate the landscape around him. He also considered himself a connoisseur of beers and loved visiting local breweries. He enjoyed sitting outdoors with Roberta and friends by a fire, enjoying a cold beer, and listening to music. He loved to cook and enjoyed trying new foods and flavors. Ultimately, he loved people and wanted to have good conversations and good times. People and pets gravitated toward his warmth and laughter. He was also a graduate of Albright College and a member of Elks Lodge 134.

His memory will live on in all who knew and loved Chris, especially his wife Roberta; parents; siblings, as well as the brother and sisterhood of the Lancaster City Bureau of Fire and IAFF Local 319.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Chris’ name may be made to Building Bridges Foundation at Anderson Farms, or Humane League of Lancaster County.

Chris joined our ranks on December 27, 2013. He spent his career working across all four platoons in the department, where he held the positions of Platoon Man, Second Driver, and First Driver. He was a wealth of knowledge that never stopped learning. Chris had diverse skills, knowledge, and abilities, including his passion for pumps, vehicle rescue, ropes, and just plain being a nozzle-man. His ability to maneuver an apparatus was like no other.

Chris’s laugh was infectious, which is good because we heard it often. Known for being one of the most loving members of the department, you could always count on him to be there for anyone at any time. Chris cared about everyone and wanted to know about the small details. He never asked, “How’s your family?” but would ask about each member individually. He had a gift for just listening when you needed an ear.

We are blessed that he chose to invest his heart and soul into every one of us that he knew; from “Hey buds” to the stiff hugs, they will be missed forever. He was the warmest, nicest, big teddy bear of a guy that friends and family could have ever asked for.

You are missed by so many! There is now a void in the department that can never be filled. We know that you loved your job in so many ways, and we will carry your legacy forward for generations of firefighters to come across our department and beyond.

We love you, Bub.

– Fire News photos by Captain Greg Leaman, Lancaster Township FD