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Fire Company President Dies from Massive Heart Attack

Fire Company President Dies from Massive Heart Attack

The York Dispatch via YellowBrix

August 25, 2010

YORK, PA – More than anything else, Joyce Farrington remembers her stepson as selfless. Since he was little, he naturally wanted to help people.

Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co. President Douglas Farrington died Monday. Joyce Farrington, his stepmother, said officials told her Doug died from a massive heart attack. He would have been 45 in October.

“Everybody in the world knew him,” Joyce Farrington said. “It was absolutely his nature to help people. He volunteered for everything.”

Doug Farrington was a fire inspector for the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department. He was the president of the Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company, where he had also served as treasurer, captain and lieutenant. He volunteered even more time for the Whiteford (Md.) Volunteer Fire Co.

“When the fire whistle goes off, he was the first on the scene,” Joyce Farrington said. “You could hear the doors slamming because he’d be going on fire calls at all hours of the night.”

Rick Farrington, Doug’s brother, idolized and wanted to be just like his older brother. So at 16, Rick Farrington joined the Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co.

“We were close,” Rick Farrington said of Doug. “I talked to him every day.”

For the past 25 years, Doug Farrington tirelessly worked as the chairman for what has become the Mason-Dixon Fair, Rick Farrington said. The six-day event provides space for local farmers and small gardeners to sell produce, gives youth agriculture lessons and offers family-friendly entertainment.

The fair will be celebrating its 12-year anniversary this year. Doug Farrington had previously been in charge of a smaller carnival at a senior citizens building. He merged it with another to create the much larger and more popular Mason-Dixon Fair.

Rick said he remembered a heroic act his brother did during a watermelon eating contest at a fair several years ago.

“A guy started choking on a seed,” he said. “Doug did the Heimlich maneuver. He basically saved the guy’s life.”

Doug Farrington’s funeral will be held at the very fairgrounds he worked to build up. Visitation will be from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Delta-Cardiff Fire House, 500 Main St. in Delta. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at the Mason-Dixon Fairgrounds, 6988 Delta Road in Delta.

In addition to firefighting volunteer positions, Doug Farrington worked with the Baltimore Ravens Grounds Crew at the M&T Bank Stadium. He was also active with the Delta Area Baseball and Softball for Youth league, where he served as president.

“He’s really going to be missed,” Joyce Farrington said. “The family was very close.”

Memorial contributions can be made to the Mason-Dixon Fair, P.O. Box 10, Delta.