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BREAKING NEWS: Retired fire chief Brock dies
Retired Martinsville Fire Chief Jerry Brock
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Retired Martinsville fire chief Jerry Brock died Tuesday night.
Martinsville Fire & EMS Deputy Fire Chief Kris Shrader said Wednesday that Brock was found lying on asphalt at his mother’s home on Myrtle Road around dark Tuesday.
A ladder, leaf blower and other tools were nearby but officials are not sure whether there had been an accident, Shrader said.
Brock was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he later died, Shrader said. He was 65 years old.
He added that Brock’s body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office for determination of what happened.
“It’s a tragic accident at this point,” Shrader said, adding that officials are waiting to learn the cause of Brock’s death. Brock became the city’s fire chief in January 1997, succeeding Lewis Reeves.
He retired in 2006.
Brock became a career firefighter on Jan. 1, 1975, after serving as a volunteer with the Martinsville Fire Department for five years. He was named a lieutenant in 1987 and promoted to assistant chief in 1988.
“In my nine years as chief, we have had only three fire fatalities, and our aggressive efforts to keep the public safe through education, inspection and fire suppression are paying off in lives saved,” he stated in a 2006 Martinsville Bulletin article.
His most important contribution as chief was the ambulance service started in 2004, then-city Finance Director Wade Bartlett said in a 2006 article.