Gary C. Koons
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Gary C. "Lumpy" Koons, 62, of Aquashicola, died suddenly Monday, June 17.
He was a police communications officer for the Pennsylvania State Police in Lehighton. Prior to transferring to the Lehighton Barracks, he was stationed at the Bethlehem Barracks.
He began his dispatching career at the Lehighton Fire Company and eventually became director of the Carbon County Communications 911 Center.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Charles W. and Elayne M. (Christman) Koons, who passed away on March 1.
He was a 1968 graduate of Palmerton Area High School.
After his discharge from the Marine Corps, he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in 1972. After the accident, he attended Millersville State College and Harrisburg Community College. He later received an associate's degree in fire technology from Northampton County Area Community College in 1978. He was a member of the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company. Last year, he was featured in the annual newsletter as he retired from the assistant chief position he held for 34 years. He also served as fire chief for two years.
- He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam era, attaining the rank of ser-geant.
Koons was an active member of the department since 1966 and also held the position of treasurer since 1985. In addition to "keeping the books," he was the financial secretary for the Fireman's Relief Association. He was also responsible for logging all of the alarms, submitting them to the state and documenting all training records.
He was a member of the Four-County Fireman's Association, Lehigh Fire Co. No. 1, Lehighton, and the Marine Corps League.
In addition to his passion for fire service and the Marine Corps, he enjoyed playing golf with his state trooper co-workers. He was in the company of many fellow troopers when he was suddenly stricken.
In his honor, his body was escorted to the funeral home by the Pennsylvania State Police, Palmerton Police Department and the Aquashicola Fire Department.
Surviving are a brother Rory, and his wife, Louise, of Palmerton, and their two children, Meredith of Palmerton and Steven of Washington, D.C.
Service: Celebration of Life service 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Aquashicola Fire Co. Arrangements by T.K. Thomas Funeral Home, 145 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Contributions in his name may be made to the Aquashicola Fire Co., P.O. Box 41, Aquashicola, Pa. 18012-0041. Lumpy, on behalf of the family, department and community, thank you for all your service, and a job well done.
Published in Times News on June 19, 2013