Procession Honors Royersford Paramedic, Firefighter
ROYERSFORD PA – Local fire companies, police, and emergency medical service units joined together Tuesday (Dec. 28, 2021) to publicly honor fellow firefighter and paramedic Michael Lessar, who died Monday as a result of complications from COVID-19.
Lessar was a 30-year veteran of public service, who was active in a variety of leadership and other roles in the U.S. Army, the Reading and Pottstown fire departments, and the Royersford department and its Friendship Ambulance division. He was among Royersford’s first full-time employees as an emergency medical services provider.
Members (at top and above) of the Royersford, Upper Providence, Lower Pottsgrove, Exeter, and Reading police departments, and the Pennsylvania State Police; the Sanatoga, Ringing Hill, Monarch, Birdsboro-Union, Exeter, Mt. Penn, Reading, and West End Phoenixville fire companies and departments; and Goodwill Ambulance all participated in transporting Lessar from Pottstown Hospital to the Sanders Funeral Home in Reading, which is handling arrangements.
“Words cannot convey our gratitude to the agencies who assisted with this assignment, and lined the route with apparatus as a show of respect,” the Royersford department said in a Facebook post.
In reporting Lessar’s passing, the Royersford department described him as a valued, “a clinically sound practitioner” and credited him as being “the catalyst for many improvements within the EMS Division to increase efficiency during patient care.”
It noted his contributions to the department and the Spring-Ford community as a whole, and asked residents to keep Lessar, his family, and friends in their thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangements will be announced when finalized.
- “First responders honor one of their own after COVID death,” WFMZ-TV
- “Royersford firefighter dies due to complications from COVID-19,” 6ABC-TV
- “Royersford Paramedic, Firefighter Loses Battle With COVID,” 3CBS Philly
- “Royersford Firefighter, Paramedic Dies Of COVID-19 Complications,” Limerick-Royersford Patch
Procession photos from the Sanatoga Fire Company Facebook page
Lessar photo from the Royersford Fire Department