It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that the Spotsylvania Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management announces the passing of Battalion Chief Gary C. Campbell on January 20, 2022, following a valiant battle with a sudden illness.
Gary was truly a friend to everyone he met, and was a loved and respected long-time member of the department. He had the heart of a firefighter, dedicated to serving the community he loved and viewed those he worked alongside as family. He was passionate about his job, striving to make sure he and those he worked with were able to perform to the highest expectations, while also demonstrating a deep compassion for the personal side of each individual and their families. The only thing he loved more than the department was his family. He was very proud of each of his children, and always worked hard to make sure they were taken care of.
“Today is a tragic day in the history of the department, and is a tremendous hit to all of us emotionally," said Chief Jay Cullinan, Spotsylvania Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management. "But Gary would want us to keep moving forward, serving the community he loved so dearly. We will continue to honor his memory by carrying on his passion and dedication to helping others, striving to embody the same work ethic he showed every day in all he did.”