The 15-acre wildfire was near the Roseann community. Chief Wood was a 7-year VDOF employee who worked in the Western Region’s Vansant Office. He joined VDOF full-time as a Forest Technician in 2016. Prior to that, he worked as a part-time wildland Firefighter with the agency and for the Virginia Department of Corrections. The fire was reportedly contained early this morning. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
“Every member of Local 2 and the Department mourns with our brother Walter and the Stewart family. This tragedy weighs heavy on our hearts, and we pledge our ongoing support,” said Jim Tracy President of Local 2. “Local 2 is encouraging everyone to make a donation for Walter and the Stewart family through the “Ignite The Spirit Chicago” KTIYP’s
NORTH CAROLINA MEDEVAC COPTER CRASH
3 people involved in the crash were transported by ground ambulance to Mission Hospital with minor to moderate injuries and one patient was transported to Angel Medical Center for evaluation. The patient and two crew members were taken to Mission and the pilot was not transported. The Erlanger Health System spokesperson said only preliminary details were available, but that this is the first crash in the LIFE FORCE program’s 34-year history.