Pottstown firefighter re­mem­bered for ser­vice

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN » Area fire­fight­ers and first re­spon­ders filled St. Aloy­sius Church on Beech Street on May 25 to honor Michael Sed­lock Jr., 65, a ca­reer firefighter for Pottstown who passed away May 20.

Family, friends and fel­low fire­fight­ers made their way into the church to pay their re­spects, re­mem­ber­ing Sed­lock’s long ca­reer, sense of hu­mor and ded­i­ca­tion to his job.

“Mike and I worked in the same pla­toon for over 15 years,” said Neil Fuer­man of Sanatoga Fire Com­pany. “We worked the same 24-hour shift for 15 years. He was a great man to work with. He knew his job, he had a great sense of hu­mor and he’s go­ing to be sorely missed.”

“Mikey’s years of fire­fight­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and fire­house an­tics will be missed by all of us,” said a post on North End Fire Com­pany’s Face­book page.

Ac­cord­ing to his obit­u­ary, Sed­lock was a 1971 grad­u­ate of Pottstown High School and is sur­vived by his wife, Ju­lia Ann (Wro­bel) Sed­lock and his daugh­ter, Amanda F. Sed­lock and her fi­ancée Ryan Flynn. He is also sur­vived by two sis­ters, Re­nee, wife of Jef­frey Kline and Rox­ane, wife of Pasqual Ro­mano.

Sed­lock had re­tired in Fe­bru­ary of this year af­ter serv­ing as a firefighter for al­most 50 years. His ca­reer be­gan as a ju­nior firefighter with North End and the Pottstown Fire Depart­ment on May 16, 1969. He then rose through the ranks to serve as 1st As­sis­tant Chief and was hired as a full-time firefighter in 1988, ac­cord­ing to North End Fire Com­pany.

Fol­low­ing the funeral, uni­formed first re­spon­ders saluted as his cas­ket was car­ried from the church adorned with an Amer­i­can flag. Fire trucks rep­re­sent­ing mul­ti­ple area de­part­ments and com­pa­nies pro­cessed down North Hanover Street and onto Prospect Street, briefly stop­ping at North End Fire Com­pany. Once there, en­gine 69 sounded its siren fol­lowed by a mo­ment of si­lence.

Black bunting could be seen draped over the doors of the fire­house garage and in the drive­way sat a wreath of yel­low and white flow­ers along with Sed­lock’s hel­met and other gear. As the pro­ces­sion passed un­der­neath a lad­der arch erected by Ring­ing Hill and Sanatoga fire com­pa­nies, it con­tin­ued to St. Aloy­sius Ceme­tery where a sec­ond lad­der arch was set up by Pottstown Fire Depart­ment and Sed­lock was laid to rest.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A wreath of yel­low and white flow­ers was placed next to the hel­met and gear of de­ceased Pottstown firefighter Michael Sed­lock Jr. at North End Fire Com­pany. Sed­lock was re­mem­bered for his nearly 50 years fire­fight­ing with the Pottstown com­mu­nity.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Fire­fight­ers gave a salute as Pottstown ca­reer firefighter Michael Sed­lock Jr. was taken to his fi­nal rest­ing place in St. Aloy­sius Ceme­tery.

TOM KELLY III – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Fire­fight­ers carry the cas­ket of vol­un­teer and ca­reer firefighter Michael Sed­lock Jr. from St. Aloy­sius Church dur­ing the funeral cer­e­mony. Sed­lock served the fire ser­vice for al­most 50 years.

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