Fire Company: Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company
On Sunday August 22, 2021, Wilmington Manor Fire Company firefighter Cecilia “Ceci” Escobar-Duplan was struck and killed on I-95 assisting a distressed motorist. Cecilia came upon a vehicle that had spun out of control and was attempting to render assistance to the occupant when she was struck by a passing vehicle. She died from her injuries a short while later.
Born in Toluca, Mexico on October 1, 1995, Cecilia was the daughter of Sergio Escobar and Marian Duplan.
Ceci joined the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company in June of 2018 as a probationary member, achieving full senior member status in June 2019. She completed her firefighting and basic medical training and was actively riding as an ambulance apprentice. Cecilia was registered to begin the EMT course in the fall of 2021 to acquire her Delaware State and National Registry certifications. She was employed as a security guard at West Chester University, where she was studying to complete her Criminal Justice degree. She had recently acquired an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the Delaware Technical and Community College. Cecilia was a very enthusiastic and charismatic person that was continually improving her skills to grow within the Fire Department and within her personal life. She was 25 years of age.
At the time of her death, she was survived by her parents, siblings Sergio Escobar, Jr., Mirian Escobar, and Charly Escobar; long term partner Amilear Danilo Gil, paternal grandfather Arturo Escobar; maternal grandmother Rafaela Sotelo and canine companions, Sol, Luna, Lucy and Ceilo.
Cecilia was laid to rest with Fire Department Honors at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware.
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