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Botetourt-CountyFrom Botetourt County: Fincastle, VA – Botetourt County has named Tommy Fuqua as the Interim Chief of Fire and EMS. Fuqua had served in a similar capacity with the County in 2013 and 2014 after retiring from Roanoke County. In light of Chief Jeff Beckner’s recent passing, the County wanted to provide strong operational continuity to the Department of Fire and EMS and the volunteer departments while also giving the first responders time to mourn and heal.

“No one is ever going to be able to replace Chief Jeff Beckner; however, we also have to be prepared to answer the calls of our community and do what Chief would have wanted us to do,” said County Administrator Gary Larrowe. “By bringing Tommy back on board, we have a familiar face who can provide stability during this time of transition to fire and rescue’s next chapter.”

Fuqua served for 30 years with Roanoke County’s Department of Fire & Rescue, serving as chief for 15 years. When Botetourt’s Director of Emergency Services resigned, Fuqua was brought on to serve as a senior advisor to the Department. During that time, he provided leadership to the combined fire and rescue system while preparing the Department for the hiring of its first chief. Fuqua will serve in the capacity again in order to maintain Botetourt’s high level of service by its first responders

“Jeff did many great things in Botetourt, and I am happy to honor his legacy by serving in this position,” said Fuqua. “The system in Botetourt is strong; I intend to maintain that strength.”

County Administration will begin the process of hiring a new Chief of Fire and EMS in the near future. No timeline is currently in place to fill the position of Chief.