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July 5, 2021

For Immediate Release Officer-In-Charge: Chief Chas McGarvey
Date and Time of News Release:
July 5, 2021, 11:30 AM

Location: 75 E. Lancaster Avenue

Incident Number: F2117423
Date and Time of Incident: 7/4/2021, 10:33 PM
Location of Incident: Rosedale Road, Penn Wynne
Department Spokesperson: Chief Chas McGarvey
For Further Information Contact: Chief Chas McGarvey
Telephone: 610-645-6190

On July 4 at 10:34 PM, the Lower Merion Fire Department, specifically the Penn
Wynne/Overbrook Hills Fire Company responded to a reported structure fire on Rosedale Road,
Wynnewood, 19096. Upon arrival, units found the structure heavily involved with fire and smoke,
fire suppression began, and incident command was established.

At approx. 11:02 pm a mayday was received; the Rapid Intervention Crew went into service and
Firefighter Sean W. DeMuynck was found on the third floor to be unresponsive. Firefighter
DeMuynck was rescued by the Rapid Intervention Crew and transported to Lankenau Hospital in
Wynnewood via Narberth Ambulance departing the scene at approximately11:30 pm and arriving at
the Lankenau Hospital emergency department at approximately 11:37 pm.

Sadly, attempts to revive Firefighter Sean W. DeMuynck were unsuccessful, and he was
pronounced deceased at 12:22 am.

Firefighter DeMuynck has faithfully served the citizens of Penn Wynne and Lower Merion
Township as a Volunteer Firefighter since August of 2019. He is survived by his wife and mother
and father. Firefighter DeMuynck and his wife are Canadian and were due to move back home to
rejoin their family today, July 5, 2021. Firefighter DeMuynck will sorely be missed.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
All questions and inquiries should be made to Chief Chas McGarvey at
cmcgarvey@lowermerion.org or 610-645-6195.
A Press Conference will be held at 1:00 pm on July 5, 2021 in front of the Penn Wynne Fire
Company at 1440 Manoa Road, Penn Wynne.

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