Police Officers and Firefighters lined Penn Avenue from Sinking Spring to Wernersville Wednesday afternoon to bid farewell to 6-year-old Ryder Knechtle, who died of a rare brain tumor on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
Ryder was was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
On June 11, 2022, Hamburg Mayor George Holmes administered the Oath of Office to Ryder, swearing in the young boy as a Special Police Officer. A similar action was undertaken by the Township of Spring, where the Knechtle family lived.
“We are saddened by the loss of Ryder, but are glad we had the opportunity to touch his life as he touched ours.” said Mayor Holmes, “We are also thankful to those who reached out to help Ryder and his family.”