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Posted on: February 14, 2019


SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. – February  14,  2019-Spotsylvania  County mourns  the  loss  of  Volunteer  Fire Chief Norman Brooks, Sr, who passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Chief Brooks dedicated his life to serving and helping others. He remained focused on fulfilling that mission until the end of his life. Chief Brooks was part of a county team overseeing final inspections and acceptance testing of Tower 1 and Rescue Engine 8 this week in Wisconsin when he suffered a sudden medical emergency. 

Chief Brooks began his career in Spotsylvania as a deputy sheriff before joining Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire  Department in 1972. He was one of four of the county’s first paid firefighters hired in September 1981. Chief Brooks rose through the ranks over the years and was a Battalion Chief when he retired in November 2014. During his career, the number of paid county firefighters grew from four to 170. Upon his retirement, he continued his service to the community by remaining as a volunteer firefighter until he took over the top post in 2013.Chief Brooks was named Firefighter of the Year in 1989 and 2005.

“The  passing  of  Chief  Norman  Brooks  after  his  nearly  50  years  of  dedicated  service  to  the  citizens  of Spotsylvania  County  is  deeply  saddening,”says  County  Administrator  Mark  Taylor. “A  long-time leader  in  the  volunteer  firefighting  community,  Chief  Brooks  distinguished  himself  as  a  mentor  to younger  firefighters  and  as  a  leader  in  the  cooperative  development of Spotsylvania County’s unified volunteer and career Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Brooks’s family and with his FREM family in this time of loss.”

“Our  department  is  heartbroken  over  the  loss  of  Chief  Brooks,  but  we  will  honor  his  memory  by continuing  to  serve  our  community  to  the  greatest  extent  possible,”says  Fire  Chief  Jay  Cullinan. “Chief  Brooks  was  an  outstanding  fire  service  leader,  known  and  respected  by  multitudes  across  the Commonwealth  and  our  nation.  He  faithfully  and  unselfishly  served  our  community  for  47  years, mentoring  uncountable  numbers  of  leaders  in  our  department  and  community  today.  His  passion  for helping others, and for caring for those he served alongside is a model we will strive to emulate as our career and volunteer members continue to answer calls for service, fulfilling our mission to help others. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

For additional County information:

Michelle McGinnis, Director of Community Engagement:
Email: [email protected]
Phone:  540-507-7005


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