After heading Pennsylvania fire company since 1971, 'old-school' chief steps down

  • Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Published: 01/10/2018 12:00 AM

Unique. Dedicated. Old-school. A straight-shooter. Quite a character. Those are just some of the ways people describe Al Ewing Sr. Ewing joined the Fawn No. 2 volunteer fire company when he moved to the township from Arnold in 1966, and had been its chief since 1971. At the end of 2017, Ewing stepped down and let a younger generation take over. But even at 80, almost 81, he's not done. He remains on board as an active firefighter. “I'll let somebody else be the boss, and I'll be the follower,” he said Tuesday. “I don't give orders now. I take them.” Ewing and his wife of 57 years, Lois, have together been the core of Fawn No. 2 for decades. She had long-served as the company's financial secretary, and resigned at the end of the year.


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