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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Virginia Volunteer Rescue Lieutenant On-Duty Death

David R. Chew Jr., 30, of the Bloxom Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, on Monday July 17, 2012, at approximately 1130 hrs, while responding to a motor vehicle accident, Lieutenant Chew was riding in a fire engine that ran off the road while negotiating a curve, striking several trees, and overturning. Lieutenant Chew died from injuries sustained when he was ejected from the fire engine.

David R. Chew Jr. served as chaplain of the Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company and was a rescue lieutenant and a member of the company’s board of directors. He had been involved in fire and EMS work since 2001, according to his profile on the Northampton County Department of EMS website.

David R. Chew Jr., who was married and the father of a 3-year-old son, had just become pastor of Hallwood United Methodist Church — his first Sunday there was July 1.

"My son was always a busy guy from the day he was born. He always was a busy guy," shared Chew's mother, Mary. "His heart, really, was in the fire department. He started volunteering with the Bloxom Fire Department at the age of 16. He was with 'em for 14 years."

Our condolences to the Chew Family & Friends, the Bloxom Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, and to all affected by Firefighter David R. Chew's passing.

To date, 47 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Fatality Notices page.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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