Bethlehem Township - “Pappy” Frankenfield honored for 65 years as a firefighter
In a room full of volunteer firefighters, Bethlehem Township Commissioners paid homage April 16 to the late Curtis “Pappy” Frankenfield, who passed away April 2 at age 89. According to the resolution honoring him, he “served with great passion as a volunteer fireman for 65 years.” Forty-one of those years was with The Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. Station No. 17. He also served as chief from 1989-1991.
“[H]is passing leaves a huge void in our hearts and our organization, and he will be missed,” said Kevin Kalman, one of his fellow firefighters. A neighbor who only identified himself as “Dave” described Pappy as friendly and said every conversation he had with him ended with a discussion about firefighting.
Frankenfield was also posthumously honored with a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate.