Robert C. Brannon

Robert C. Brannon‚ 43‚ a 21-year career lieutenant with the Bluefield Fire Department‚ suffered a heart attack while fighting a house fire and died eight days later on May 4‚ 2000. He led an effort by city firefighters to erect a memorial to a Bluefield fireman who died in the line of duty in 1926. The effort also resulted in the establishment of a scholarship fund that has helped many attend college.

Arch R. Sligar

Arch R. Sligar‚ 52‚ a member of the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department‚ died on June 13‚ 1999‚ while responding to a fire call in a dormitory at West Liberty State College. A member of the department for 10 years‚ Sligar had served as Vice President‚ Lieutenant‚ and Engineer.

Robert O. Lee

Robert O. Lee‚ 56‚ Fire Chief of the North River Volunteer Fire Department died of a heart attack following a training drill at a nursing home in Baker on September 30‚ 1998. A Sunday School teacher‚ he was a Vietnam veteran and received the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement. He had been with the fire department for 27 years‚ serving as its Chief for the last 7 years.

Gregory Scott Carter

Gregory Scott Carter‚ 24‚ a volunteer firefighter with the Fairlea Volunteer Fire Department‚ died of asphyxiation while trapped in a burning grocery store on January 21‚ 1998. He worked at a car dealership next door and had been with the department for nearly 7 years.

William L. Parsons

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Robert Bibbee

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Mitch Weaver

Submitted by his Sister

My brother was 30 years old when he died of a heart attack. He had been a volunteer for 12 years.

At the time of his death he had served as a driver and Rescue Team Member for the Tunnelton Ambulance Service‚ Board of Directors for the Preston County Training Association and Assistant Chief for the Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department.

After his death‚ he continued to help others. He was an organ donor. The gift of sight was given to two individuals.

Growing up my brother and I didn’t have the ‘typical’ brother/sister relationship. We didn’t argue and fight like most siblings. We got along.

My son was 3 1/2 years old when his uncle died. And if Mitch was alive today‚ I can only image the close relationship that they would share and the difference he could have made in his nephews life.

My brother was a very dedicated and caring person‚ and I miss him so much.

James Ainsworth

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Marc L. Butcher

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Troy V. Henderson

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