The Community Fire Company of New Tripoli (Pa) has announced arrangements for fallen Firefighters Zachary Paris and Marvin Gruber. Paris, age 36, and Gruber, age 59, died in the Line of Duty on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, while operating at that 3-alarm house fire at 1121 Clamtown Road, West Penn Township, Schuylkill County.

Assistant Chief Zachary Paris, 36, of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania joined The Community Fire Company of New Tripoli in 2010. He rose to the rank of Assistant Chief while serving on the Board of Directors. He handled all the fire reports and was an avid mentor to new and upcoming volunteer members. Zachary was a devoted father to his two daughters, who enjoyed farming, spending his free time on his motorcycle, and loved the outdoors.

He was also a career firefighter with The Division of Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services in Frederick, MD. He began with them on February 28, 2022, as part of Recruit Class 32. He graduated from the fire academy on September 10, 2022, and was assigned to the Green Valley Fire Station as a member of C Shift. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, sister, and parents.

Firefighter Marvin Gruber, 59, of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania joined The Community Fire Company of New Tripoli in 2020 and became an immediate asset to the organization. He also served as a director on the Board of Directors and was an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with. He worked at Northampton Community College for 22 years, the last 15 in the Department of Public Safety.

Marvin adored spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, two children, and three grandchildren.

“There are never the right words when a community suffers such a profound loss”, said Fire Chief Gary Kuntz. “Our number one priority is the families of both fallen heroes. What this town has lost is vast, but what their families have lost is immeasurable. It is our duty to ensure their needs are met, today, tomorrow, and every day after that, and we are committed to doing so.”


For those wishing to help the families, a direct donation can be made to The New Tripoli Bank in the name of “The Fallen Heroes of New Tripoli” Home | New Tripoli (


THE PUBLIC VIEWING will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022, from 8:00 am – 11:00 am at The Northwestern Lehigh Middle School, 6636 Northwest Rd, New Tripoli, PA 18066.

A private viewing will be held separately for all Lehigh County Public Service members and fellow Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescues Services members.

The private funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm in the Northwestern Lehigh Middle School Auditorium. 

The public is invited to view the Livestream throughout other areas within Northwestern Lehigh Middle and High School. Parking will be limited. Some of the viewing areas will be outdoors, we encourage attendees to carpool, dress appropriately, and come prepared.

For those who cannot attend, the service will be live-streamed through an established website link that will be provided later.

For all media inquiries and for all media outlets wanting to attend the funeral service please contact Sarah Campbell at no later than Friday, December 16, 2022

We continue to ask that everyone please respect the privacy of the Paris, Gruber, and New Tripoli Fire Company families during this difficult time. More information will be forthcoming later this week.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


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