Longtime Steelton Borough Fire Chief Eugene “Gene” Vance III passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at the age of 70.

Vance became a member with the Steelton Baldwin Company 4 when he was 18 and moved up the ranks to become the Fire Chief of the Steelton Fire Department in 1998, a position he held until his untimely passing.

Gene had over 50-plus years of dedicated service to the community and his life was celebrated on January 11, 2024 where family, friends, and hundreds of firefighters from across the region gathered to honor and pay their respects at Prince of Peace Church in Steelton. Following the service, a procession of about three dozen fire apparatus past the Steelton Fire Department, where the house siren was sounded for about 30 seconds, en route to the Holy Cross Cemetery in Swatara Township where the chief was laid to rest.

– Fire News photos by Jason Coleman-Cobb