The 2021 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

The 2021 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

The 24th annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters & Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Richmond International Raceway Complex, Main Exhibition Hall. Due to the fluidity of COVID-19 protocols, this event is limited in attendance to Honoree families and respective fire departments. It is not open to the public. 

We experienced technical difficulties with the livestream on Saturday. Click here to watch the recording of the Memorial Service.

This year’s Memorial Service will honor Fallen Firefighters who have been recognized in the Virginia Line of Duty Act in 2019 and 2020 for their bravery and dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth. In 2020, the Memorial Service was cancelled due to the onset of COVID-19.

2020 & 2021 Honorees 

  • Dennis Lynn Brent – Charlottesville Fire Department
  • Tommie Lee Collier – Crozet Fire Department
  • Vivian Thomas Crawford – Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • John Ross Laronda – Altavista Volunteer Fire Company
  • Owen Lee Lewis, Jr. – Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department
  • Rubin O’Neal Lineberry, Jr. – Dublin Volunteer Fire Department
  • Joseph A. Mary – Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • William H. Moore IV – Amelia County Volunteer Fire Department
  • Kenneth Wesley Smith – Madison County Volunteer Fire Company
  • Robert Jacob Thomas – Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department
  • Eddie T. Vick – Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department/Sussex County
  • Charles C. Woods – Adwolfe Volunteer Fire Department

About the 2021 Memorial Service 

The Memorial Service will include a keynote address, a Virginia Fire Services Honor Guard procession, a musical performance, and a fire and EMS apparatus display from departments throughout the Commonwealth. State flags will be presented to the families of the fallen.


  • General Information: For more information on the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service, contact VDFP PIO Vanessa Copeland at (804) 249-1986 or
  • Sending Apparatus: If your department is interested in sending apparatus to the Memorial Service, please contact Memorial Service Committee Member Floyd Greene at

VDFP Advises Virginians on Motor Fuel Dispensing and Storage Safety amid the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

VDFP Advises Virginians on Motor Fuel Dispensing and Storage Safety amid
the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

RICHMONDMay 12, 2021 – With the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack causing gas shortages in parts of the East Coast and in the Commonwealth, there have been reports of long lines at gas stations and Virginians traveling to remote locations to find gas reserves in order to stock up.

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs wants to advise residents and commuters about safe ways to dispense flammable fuels such as (gas, diesel or heating oil) into a portable container for proper storage:

  • Flammable fuels should not be dispensed into portable containers over 6 gallons, and the containers should be listed and approved for the flammable liquid intended for the portable container.
  • Portable containers should have a tight closure with a screwed or spring-loaded cover to prevent spills and vapors from escaping.
  • When transporting gasoline in a portable container make sure it is secured against tipping and sliding, and never leave it in direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car.
  • Flammable fuel should never be dispensed into portable cargo tanks or any other container not listed for flammable liquids.
  • Never fill a container while located in the trunk, passenger area of a car or in the bed of a pickup truck.
  • All containers should be placed on the ground and clear of any possible ignition sources such as the exhaust from a vehicle.
  • Fill portable containers slowly to decrease the chance of static electricity buildup and minimize spilling or splattering. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the container opening while refueling. Fill container no more than 95 percent full to allow for expansion.
  • If gasoline spills on the container, make sure that it has evaporated before you place the container in your vehicle. Report spills to the station attendant.
  • Never smoke around flammable fuels.

For additional reference, the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code outlines the specific requirements for fuel dispensing and storage:

  • 2304.4 Dispensing Into Portable Containers
  • 2304.4.1 Approved Containers Required
  • 2304.4.2 Nozzle Operation
  • 2304.4.3 Location of Containers Being Filled

Contact your local fire marshal or VDFP’s State Fire Marshal’s Office for further information regarding fire and life safety education.