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It is with great sadness to report the death of Sister Ashley Lewis – Local 995 Richmond.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Saturday starting at noon at Second Baptist Church – 3300 Broad Rock Blvd. in Richmond.
A public viewing will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Mimms Funeral Home – 1827 Hull St. Richmond, VA 23224.
There will be a vigil service on Thursday at Huguenot High School, 7945 Forest Hill Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Richmond Fire Department Foundation Memorial account in her honor. Donations will be accepted at the Richmond Fire Police Credit Union, 900 Hermitage Road, Richmond, 23220, or can be made by calling (804) 354-0673. Donations should be designated with a notation of “Attention: Lt. Ashley Nicole Berry.”
On October 6th, four of our fallen brothers will be honored at the 2019 National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service. A live broadcast starts at 10 a.m. We will never forget their self-less service and sacrifice.
Dennis Brent – Local 2363 (Charlottesville)
Brad Clark – Local 4202 (Hanover County)
James Kegley Jr. – Local 4202 (Hanover County)
Anthony Whetzel – Local 3321 (Rockingham County)
We are proud to announce Senator John Cosgrove as a VPFF Legislator of the Year. In 2019, Senator Cosgrove was the chief patron of legislation seeking to protect fire fighters from occupational cancer. We are greatly appreciative of his efforts to protect the health and safety of Virginia’s fire fighters!
We are proud to award Senator Jill Vogel our Legislator of the Year. Our members are greatly appreciative of her efforts to protect the health and safety of Virginia’s fire fighters.
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain David Hughes, IAFF 4th District Local 68, Norfolk, VA. Brother Hughes passed away on August 14, 2019 from cancer.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center, 7120 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505 (757) 441-5252. A procession will leave at 1:30 p.m. from Fire Station 13, 176 Maple Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23505. The line for the procession will start at 1:00 p.m. on Maple Street.
Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to IAFF Local 68, 5691 East Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502-2427.
WHEREAS, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel play essential roles in saving lives and protecting property in communities throughout Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of Virginians is important to the prosperity of Virginia’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, Virginians value the courage and devotion of our Commonwealth’s fire and emergency medical services professionals who put their lives in danger in order to safeguard the lives and property of Virginians; and
WHEREAS, on the first Saturday of June, a statewide memorial service is held to pay tribute to firefighters and emergency medical services personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice; and
WHEREAS, seven valiant individuals who gave their lives to protect the people of the Commonwealth in 2018 will be recognized at the 2019 Virginia Fallen Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service; and
WHEREAS, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Memorial Week is an opportunity for Virginians to stand with firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, honor their tremendous sacrifices, and continued devotion to serving the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 2-8, 2019, as FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES MEMORIAL WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Brother Paul V. Purcell, IAFF District 4 Local 3217, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. Brother Purcell, 59, passed away from cancer on February 1, 2019. The visitation will be on February 12, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Redland Baptist Church, 6922 Muncaster Road, Rockville, MD 20855. The funeral will be held at the same location on February 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM, interment to follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to IAFF Local 3217, PO Box 16957 WASHINGTON, DC 20041-6957.