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Statement From The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation About The Death of Art Glatfelter

It is with deep sadness that the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation announces that Art Glatfelter, a former Foundation board member, died on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the age of 88.

Mr. Glatfelter was renowned for his generous contributions of his time and resources. A World War II Marine Corps veteran in the Pacific Theater from July 1942 to July 1946, he served on numerous boards and organizations within his community and the fire service for more than 50 years

In 1951, Mr. Glatfelter founded the Glatfelter Insurance Group in his hometown of Dallastown, PA, which grew to be one of the largest privately owned agencies in the United States. He founded VFIS in 1969 to fill a need for insurance coverage for the nation's volunteer fire and emergency services. Today, VFIS is the world's leading provider of insurance coverage as well as education and training programs for the emergency services community.

Mr. Glatfelter was instrumental in establishing and building the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in 1981, and he served on the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation from 1995-2005. He generously donated time and support to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend and sponsored the broadcast of the Weekend for many years.

"Art was a true gentleman who cared deeply about the well-being of all fire service members," said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. "He was instrumental in helping to guide the Foundation's efforts to serve the survivors of the fallen."

Understanding the needs to elevate recognition of fire service issues, Glatfelter worked tirelessly with Congressman Curt Weldon to establish the Congressional Fire and Emergency Services caucus. He was a founding director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute and served on the board of the Fire Equipment Manufacturers and Service Association.

He served on the York YMCA Board for more than 15 years and chaired many of its fundraising and membership drives. He worked with numerous community charities and served on the board of the regional public television station.

Glatfelter held many top leadership positions in the insurance industry, including director of the Pennsylvania Independent Insurance Agents Association, and president of the York, Pennsylvania Association of Life Underwriters and the Independent Agents Association of York County.

To honor Art Glatfelter's commitment to the efforts of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, donations can be made to Foundation.

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