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Fallen firefighter will be honored
Friday, June 3, 2011
By ASHLEY JACKSON - Bulletin Staff Writer
Firefighter Timothy Pigg, originally from Horsepasture, will be honored for his service at the annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Saturday.
The service will be held at noon at the Richmond International Raceway Complex's Old Dominion Building.
Pigg died of a heart attack in August 2009, according to his father, Phillip Pigg. He was 42.
According to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs website, Timothy Pigg joined the Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department at age 18. In 1987, he moved to Amherst and joined the Amherst Fire Department.
Pigg was a volunteer member of the Amherst Fire Department for more than 20 years. In 1993, he was elected captain, and in 2008, he was elected second assistant chief. Pigg received the "Fireman of Year" award in January 1998 for most calls run and most number of hours served at the station in 1997.
"I appreciate him being recognized for what he did for his community," Phillip Pigg said of his son.
"He was a community servant; he was always involved in helping other people," he said. "He was a good family man and a Christian man."�
In addition to honoring recently fallen firefighters, Saturday's service will honor the memory of all Virginia firefighters who have given their lives in service .
A special tribute to K9s who have served the commonwealth in public safety efforts and have died in the past year also is planned. Additionally, this year's service will include a keynote address by Dr. Kirby Kiefer, deputy superintendent of the National Fire Academy; a Virginia Fire Services Honor Guard procession featuring the Saint Andrew's Legion Pipes and Drums; a special 9/11 tribute musical performance by the Tussing Elementary School Choir; and a fire apparatus display from fire departments across the state.
State flags will be presented to the families of the fallen firefighters. A reception, sponsored by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, Virginia State Firefighters Association, Virginia Professional Firefighters and Southwest Virginia Firefighters Association, will be held for fallen firefighter family members and guests following the service. Both the service and the reception will be open to the public.