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Funeral Arrangements Announced for Bower Hill Firefighter

Firefighters from Scott Township are mourning the loss of Bryan Pritchard after he died Saturday following complications from a kidney and pancreas transplant. Bower Hill firefighters had organized several fundraisers for him over the last year.

A veteran Bower Hill volunteer firefighter, whose department rallied around him while he was suffering from various health problems, died on Saturday morning following complications from organ transplant surgery.

Bryan Pritchard of Scott Township died a month after he underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant while going through a lengthy illness. He was 41 years old.

Ami Elo, who is a member of the fire department, said the firefighters are “holding up” right now after their loss and consoling his wife, Mindy.

The firefighters had organized numerous fundraisers and donation drives to help Pritchard while he was ill. Pritchard underwent organ transplant surgery on Jan. 10 and was thought to be improving.

“We weren’t expecting this to happen,” Elo said. “It was very shocking.”

She said the 10-year veteran was an inspiration for the rest of the department. Elo added that he continued to come to department meetings over the past year even while he was ill.

“He was very well liked,” Elo said. “After the transplant, he was just looking forward to getting back and being at the fire house and going out on calls.”

A viewing for Pritchard will be at the Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a “firemen’s service” at 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at the fire hall at 10 a.m. Thursday before burial at a cemetery in Morgantown, W.Va.

The family is asking that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Bower Hill Fire Department, or the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies, 3109 Forbes Ave, Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA  15213.

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Mike Jones (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Feel free to leave your condolence's to Bryan's family and to the Bower Hill firefighters here in the comments section.
rose altvater February 12, 2013 at 06:43 PM
My gosh...Such a shame. Prayers to his family and brother firefighters.
Steelergirl February 12, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Prayers for Bryan's family and friends may God wrap them in his loving arms during their time of need.
Mike Jones (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Here is Bryan's obituary that was posted online this morning... http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/postgazette/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=163021911
same old story February 12, 2013 at 08:51 PM
a true hero
Bill Mills February 12, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Our Thoughts and Prayers go to Bryan's Family and the Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department. God Bless each of you. Bill and Rosie Mills, (Bridgeville, PA. and Largo, FL.)
james McMurray February 12, 2013 at 09:37 PM
God bless his familr and friends you are all in my prayers.i have a daughter thats had 2 kidney transplants.i used to be a member of bower hill vfd.God be with all of you
kristin balog mazzone February 13, 2013 at 01:26 AM
My thoughts and prayers to all of Bryan's loved ones. His sister, Lynda was a classmate of mine. A terrible loss. May God comfort you.
Lisa February 13, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Our thoughts and prayers to all of Bryan's family and Friends and with our brother and sisters at BowerHill VFD.

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