Charles Wesley Miller Jr.

Charles Wesley Miller Jr.

Captain Charles Wesley Miller Jr., age 62, of the Albright Volunteer Fire Department died on April 4, 2021, after suffering a cardiovascular event while responding to a brush fire.

Logan Andrew Young

Logan Andrew Young

Logan Andrew Young lost his life in the line of duty while fighting an arson fire in the early morning hours of December 27, 2020.

To our hero: We love you. We miss you. You are forever in our hearts. Fallen but not forgotten. “A hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than oneself.”

Logan was born in 1990 and grew up in Winchester, Virginia. He was the son of Steven B. Young and Beth A. Young, both of Winchester. Logan was a 2008 graduate of Millbrook High School. He was a member of the United States Air Force, which included serving in the Middle East. Logan was a firefighter and decorated staff sergeant with the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg. He exemplified being a devoted and selfless patriot that loved his country, community, family, and fellow man.

His decorations in the military include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle), and Air Force Training Ribbon.

Logan enjoyed playing soccer, basketball, fishing, and riding ATVs and his motorcycle. He had a great love for sneakers. Logan owned enough Nikes to wear a different pair every day of the year! He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

In addition to his parents, Logan is survived by his daughter, Leira Ann Young, who was born six months after his death; his fiancée, London Brown; his brother, Nathan Young, and wife, Daffne; his sister, Danielle Brosan, and husband, Mike; his fiancée’s daughter, Jesslyn Wolf; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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Russell K. Roberson Jr.

Russell K. Roberson Jr.

Russell Roberson Jr. responded to a residential fire with other members from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, on June 20, 2020. On June 21, 2020, firefighters responded to the same residence for a possible rekindle. After evacuating a homeowner from a second residence that started to burn, Firefighter Roberson suffered a medical emergency on scene and died while being transported to the hospital. The fire was later determined to be an arson fire set by another volunteer firefighter.

Russ had been a member of the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He enjoyed working outdoors.

He was remembered as a hero who provided outstanding service to his community.

Zachary S. Blankenship

Zachary S. Blankenship

Zachary Blankenship suffered a stroke on March 5, 2020, after responding to a residential structure fire with the Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department. He died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia on March 15, 2020.

Always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need, he served the fire department and the citizens of his community with pride, passion, and integrity.

Mark Elliott Horwich

Mark Elliott Horwich

Mark was an extremely loyal and dedicated man to both his family and the fire service. He died on Saturday, January 11, 2020, in a line-of-duty accident at age 51. Mark’s fire service career began shortly after 9/11 when he joined Boys Town Fire Department in Boys Town, Nebraska. When asked why he wanted to be a firefighter, he stated that after the terror attacks, he wanted a way to give back to his community and be of service. In his almost 19 years in the fire service, he most certainly accomplished that goal.

Mark was recognized as Firefighter of the Year in 2004 and again in 2008 and promoted to captain with the Boys Town Fire Department in the summer of 2009. He moved to West Virginia in December 2015, becoming a member of the Spencer-Roane Volunteer Fire Department in January 2016 and the Clover-Roane Volunteer Fire Department in September 2017. He served as training officer at both West Virginia departments and held many certifications. He had just completed the exam for Fire Officer II the morning of his death and received a passing score the next day.

Mark was truly a self-made man. He paid his own way through college and, in 1996, discovered his passion, which was software. He taught himself to write code and, in 2010, married his two passions by creating a recordkeeping software product for fire departments.

Mark took great pride in his accomplishments, yet he was never boastful. He had a true servant’s heart. He once stopped to help an elderly man who had fallen in his yard while taking out the trash. That is the type of thing Mark did without hesitation. If you needed something done, you only had to ask Mark once and he did it. This unique quality was appreciated by those who knew him.

Mark was a Stephen King fan and read every novel the author published. Mark enjoyed music and was adamant that grunge killed the era of good music. He loved keeping up on current events and was a history buff. He was a whiz at computers and math. Mark could work a Rubik’s Cube in seconds despite being colorblind! He loved hiking, especially in Colorado. Mark enjoyed making others laugh and had the ability to carry on entire conversations by speaking only in movie quotes.

Family and many friends who had known Mark for much of his life commented that in the months leading up to his death he seemed the happiest and more at peace than ever before. This was true. Mark departed this life on a high note and while in the act of serving others. This has provided much-needed comfort to his wife, Sarah; his son, Pierce; daughters, Leven and Genevieve; his mother, Deanna; and many other family and friends.

Duane Craft

DUANE “DENNY” CRAFT WAS A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE FRANKLIN COMMUNITY VFD WHEN IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1963. ON THE EVENING OF JANUARY 22, 1978 THE FRANKLIN COMMUNITY VFD WAS ALERTED TO RESPOND WITH BETHANY VFD FOR A STRUCTURE FIRE. MR. CRAFT WAS ASSIGNED RADIO DUTY ON THIS CALL AND STAYED ON STATION MONITORING AND RELAYING RADIO TRANSMISSIONS BETWEEN THE RESPONDING ENGINE COMPANIES AND BROOKE COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS. DURING THE COURSE OF THE CALL MR. CRAFT HAD COLLAPSED FROM AN APPARENT HEART ATTACK AND ALTHOUGH IMMEDIATE CPR AND REVIVAL EFFORTS WERE ADMINISTERED MR. CRAFT PASSED AWAY WHILE ENROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL. MR CRAFT IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE MILDRED CRAFT OF WELLSBURG WV AND SEVERAL CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ALSO REMAIN.

James W. “Jimmy” Ward

James W. “Jimmy” Ward

James W. “Jimmy” Ward was an amazing man who is loved and missed by many. He had 30+ years in the fire service. In those years, he touched many lives, not only by doing his part as a fireman, but also as a leader in helping the younger firemen. He helped in training them and teaching them along the way. He had numerous certifications such as Firefighter I, II, and III, Arson detection I and II, Principles of Building Construction Non-Combustible-Pilot, Emergency Railroad Incident (ERRI), and different levels of HAZMAT, just to name a few. He not only worked as a firefighter but was also an EMT-B, where he touched other lives as well. He loved helping others and used his time as a firefighter and EMT to show his love for community and those around him.

The one thing most people remember most about him is the way he could make the saddest person laugh within just a few minutes of his presence. He had a way with making people laugh, and you couldn’t help but laugh when he was around. He leaves behind a beautiful daughter who he loved more than anything or anyone. She was his world, and she definitely took after him in making people laugh. He would move mountains for her. She is following in his footsteps by becoming a firefighter herself. He would be beyond proud of her.

Even though he isn’t physically here with us any longer, his love and spirit live on through the many memories of those he loved and who loved him. Little things that happen at home make us aware that he is still here with us always.

He started his career at the age of 14 and finished it at the young age of 49 when he passed in May of 2019. Had things been different, he would have been 50 in December of 2019. There will never be enough words, even if you combined all the languages together, to describe what kind of man and father he was. He was definitely one in a million. He will forever be loved and missed more than could ever be expressed.

Michael J. Edwards

Michael J. Edwards

Assistant Chief Michael J. Edwards, age 46, of the Pratt Community Volunteer Fire Department, died on March 24, 2018, from injuries suffered when the responding apparatus struck a rock wall and overturned while en route to a reported MVA. Lieutenant Thomas Craigo was also killed in the incident.

Thomas Ray Craigo

Thomas Ray Craigo

Lieutenant Thomas Ray Craigo, age 40, of the Pratt Community Volunteer Fire Department, died on March 24, 2018, from injuries suffered when the responding apparatus struck a rock wall and overturned while en route to a reported MVA. Assistant Chief Michael Edwards was also killed in the incident.

Edward Malone

Edward Malone

Born on September 15, 1920, Edward Malone was one of eight children born at Pleasants County, WV to G.F. and Millie Cronin Malone. He was a member of the St. Marys Apostolic Church in which he helped build. He married Dorothy Colvin Malone and became a father of seven children.

My father was a hard worker. He was employed by American Cyanamid in August of 1949 as a maintenance worker and was active in the union.

After work, he spent many hours on his 148 acre farm tending to cattle, bailing hay, plowing, butchering, pouring concrete or volunteering in the community. He was always willing to lend a hand to coworkers and neighbors; often, he mentored youth and taught them how to work on a farm. He sold yearlings and feeder calves and received three “Farming For Better Living” awards.

In the Spring of 1968, my father was asked to join the Belmont Fire Department. Edward Malone was very proud and honored that he could be a member of the department. According to Fire Chief Bob Doty, my father said he thought he would never be part of something like this and that that he really enjoyed being a volunteer fire fighter. Chief Doty said that my father was welcomed by all and was a great asset to the department.
One of the events he helped with was a fundraiser for the annual Fireman’s week- long carnival. He worked hard assembling and disassembling the equipment, plus selling tickets and running errands. My father never missed a fire meeting and participated in every available training class.

On July 8, 1968, Edward Malone participated in the fire department’s training drill at Belmont Elementary School . While donned in full personal protective gear, he along with another fireman entered a simulated fire in which a mother and child were trapped. Upon entry of the simulation drill, my father died from a massive heart attack. Honorary members of Belmont , St. Marys, and Newport fire departments were pallbearers. Fire Chief Doty said my father was a great person and his passing was a loss to the department.

Edward Charles Malone lost his life while training during a fireman’s training drill. He served his fire department and community with great pride and compassion.

Submitted by his loving daughter, Betty.