Dale E. Rider served the Liberty and Middletown Volunteer fire departments for 69 years. And when he died, he requested that his remains be carried to Middletown Cemetery aboard Middletown’s blue Seagrave fire truck. Rider, 87, died May 9, and on Friday, May 13, he got his wish – one last ride aboard the truck.
Friends and family help carry Rider's coffin off of the fire truck and to the cemetary.
A member of the Dauphin County National Guard, above, hands the American flag that draped Rider’s casket to his wife, Dorothy Jean, to whom he had been married 61 years. Rider was an Army Air Corps veteran who served in World War II.
A bugler, plays taps while a military honor guard stands at attention before firing a 21-gun salute over Dale E. Rider, who was buried Friday at Middletown Cemetery. Rider was also president of the Dauphin County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, past president of the Middletown Area Band Boosters Association, Deputy Grand Commander of the Knights of Malta Lodge 132 of Middletown, and a member of American Legion Post 594.