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Kauffman Unveils Sign Honoring Local Hero with Highway Dedication - Fayetteville Fire Chief James Cutchall, who was murdered while responding to a fire, is posthumously honored
7/29/2016
HARRISBURG – On Friday, July 29, 39 years after his death, Fayetteville Fire Chief James Cutchall is being honored for his service with the unveiling of signs for the James W. Cutchall Memorial Highway on State Route 1008 (Main Street) in Fayetteville. Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) authored the legislation making the designation possible and was joined by members of Cutchall’s family for the presentation.

James Cutchall was a Fayetteville fire chief who was tragically shot and killed on July 2, 1977, when he arrived at the scene of a blaze. The fire was purposefully started by his killer who then ambushed the responding firefighters, killing Cutchall.

Cutchall was 33 years old at the time of his death and was widely regarded as one of the most outstanding fire chiefs in the country. Kauffman noted that as Cutchall mentored young firefighters, he could often be heard saying, “To be a volunteer firefighter and make an error is human. To be a volunteer firefighter and worry about those errors is compassion. To be a volunteer firefighter and do something about those errors is professionalism.”

“Mr. Cutchall was a proud public servant who dedicated his life to saving the lives and property of others,” said Kauffman. “To have been attacked the way he and his fellow firefighters were that day is disgraceful. I am hopeful that everyone who drives along this road and sees these signs will realize what community treasures our firefighters and other first responders are, and take a moment to be thankful we have men and women willing to risk their lives for ours. Mr. Cutchall is a prime example of the best of those in our society.”

The signs displaying the new name of the highway have been erected and will be maintained by PennDOT.

 
 
Fayetteville Fire Chief James Cutchall, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1977, has been honored for his service to the community with the unveiling of signs for the James W. Cutchall Memorial Highway on State Route 1008 (Main Street) in Fayetteville. Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) authored the legislation making the designation possible and was joined by members of Cutchall’s family for the presentation.

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
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