If you’d like to honor Borough Council Member Larry Hensley’s memory, consider signing up for the Ambulance Service

May 22 – Larry Hensley’s death on Wednesday, May 17, came as a shock to a lot of people in Chambersburg. 

Hensley was 72 and served as Chambersburg Borough Council Member for the Fourth Ward. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “He was in his first term. He didn’t quite make it to the second year point with what happened to him early on Wednesday morning, the day after the election. I talked to him that evening. He seemed fine. He was planning what he was going to do on Wednesday, but he never made it to do those things. Larry was really very much involved as a council person. He served on several committees.” 

He was on the Planning and Zoning Commission; Downtown Chambersburg, Inc.; and the Board of Health. 

Coffman said, “He did have a space in his heart for fire and EMS service. He was working with the chief a good bit on those things.” 

Hensley served in the United States Army with the medical team on a burn unit in San Antonio, TX, and is survived by his wife of more than 43 years Sondra G. (Gilbert) Hensley. He is also survived by three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “It was last May as a matter of fact that we would talk with Larry about signing up for the ambulance service. If you’re in the borough, a fitting tribute to Larry would be sign yourself up to be a member of the Ambulance Service. I’m sure Larry would be looking down on all of us right now saying, ‘that’s a good idea, Pat.’” 

Contact the Chambersburg Fire Department for the Ambulance Service here: https://www.chambersburgfire.com/www.chambersburgfire.com/manager/templates/faqs.html?z=5&a=13

Hensley will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. 

Coffman said his death was “a surprise. I hardly know how to describe it, especially seeing him four hours before he passed away.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “By all accounts, just a really good guy. Everyone that knew him had nothing but praise for him.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “I liked Larry. He bravely stood up to put his name in to run for council when we saw how radical our council was becoming and we needed to make a change. He put himself out there. What a great public servant and somebody who was willing to put himself in there. We need more Larry Hensleys.” 

Barkdoll said, “He had quite a life of service in general and I think he incorporated that life and that belief system into the way he operated with the borough. It’s a real loss for the borough.”