Agencies and Members, if you have information with regard to any of our VAVRS Family and Friends Please send information to:  VAVRS Chaplain

Jack Swicegood

The VAVRS and AVAVRS is promoting a Birthday Card Shower for Jack Swicegood.  His 90th Birthday is on Monday, April 20, 2020.
Cards can be sent to his home at 280 Riverview St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.  Ruth will deliver them to Jack as he continues his care at the  Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center, 720 Orchard Ave, Rocky Mount, VA  24151. 

Jack is a VAVRS Life Member and Member of the Virginia Lifesaving and Rescue Hall of Fame.  His current health is very compromised and prayers are encouraged.  

Submitted by Ruth Swicegood 04-06-20

Al Smith

UPDATE:  04-02-20

Al Smith's health has taken a turn for the worse.  Prayers needed - he is in the hospital on a ventilator.

VAVRS Life Member and Danville LSC Life Member Al Smith and family are currently experiencing serious health issues.  Prayers and thoughts are requested.

Al Smith and Family
810 Kristen Lane
Danville, VA    24540

John Von Hagel 
I have just been notified that District 3 Treasurer, John Von Hagel's mother passed away out of state.  Cards may be sent to:

John Von Hagel
7232 Merle Smith Lane
Mechanicsville, VA   23111

Submitted by Fran Phillips

Susan Slough 
72, of Buena Vista died March 16 
Published on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 3:29pm 
Susan Ogden Slough, 72, of Buena Vista, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease on March 16, 2020. 
Susan shared her father’s birthday of Dec. 9, born in the year of 1947 to the late Charles William Ogden and Zelia Kerr Ogden.
Susan was a life member of the Buena Vista Rescue Squad, actively serving 15 years during which time she held many offices.  She retired from Mundet-Hermetite as quality control manager after 32 years of service.  Susan was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family.  Her love will be missed immensely.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 36 years, Ronald L. Slough; her children, Sherry B. Cash (Dean), Amy S. Coada (Mike) and Chad Slough (Janna); her grandchildren, Whitney Williams, Vanessa Cole (Dallas), Joshua Cash, Brittany Moore and Kyleigh Arehart (Brandon); one brother, Phillip Ogden (Sherrill); three sisters, Wanda Bane, Bernice Stinnett, and Lois Alford; many nieces and nephews. Our precious memories will be passed on to her 12 great-grandchildren.  
A celebration of life will be held at the Ben Salem Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, with the Rev. Bryon LePere and the Rev. Dean Staton officiating.  Fellowship and dinner will take place directly after the service at the Ben Salem Community Building.
The family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every caregiver.  Special thanks to Amber Camden, Katie and Mark Smith and family, all staff of Havenwood Assisted Living and the staff of the Lexington Area Hospice.
Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Ronnie Slough, 740 W. Fourth Street, Buena Vista, VA  24416   -  540-570-7404

Bruce Bullington 
Bruce Bullington a life member of Henrico rescue squad and a member of the VAVRS has posted the following on Facebook. Cards can be mailed to 7421 Kousa Drive Chesterfield, VA 23832. 

We all have things or ailments to be afraid of, diabetes, futures, finances, job security, health, aging…  I could go on and on.  My two greatest fears are stroke and cancer.  Both my parents died from cancer. My brother has bladder cancer.  This week one of those fears became reality.  I have been diagnosed with internal squamous cell carcinoma cancer.  It is located at the base of the tongue where the tongue meets the throat.  It is so deep-seated surgery is impossible and chemo is not an option.  Thirty-five rounds of radiation will begin once all the scans and paperwork reach the oncologist, probably next week.
              I did not see this coming.  It may have begun with a mild off and on sore throat over a year ago. Never thought to mention it to my PCP doctor.  Suspicion was aroused during an ear exam by my ENT doctor.  Something wasn’t right, he said.  Days later, fifteen biopsy samples were taken and tested positive for this dreaded disease.  My cellphone rang at 7:40 a.m. while Trisha and I were driving back to Richmond from Savannah, GA, her hometown.  It was her 55th high school class reunion.  “Mr. Bullington, Dr. Gibbons.  You have cancer.”  The cellphone was on speaker position via Bluetooth.  Total silence.  After what seemed like an hour the three of us chatted.  The journey, as so many cancer patients call it had begun.  This type of cancer has a good rate of remission.  Radiation could damage teeth, gums, salivary glands, taste buds, throat and esophagus.  If the throat is damaged and swallowing is difficult a stomach feeding tube may be necessary.  However, the tube is mainly required when chemo is administered.
              The next two months will be a whirlwind of medical appointments and other related activities.  I have not given a thought to the coronavirus, COVID-19.
              Please add us to your prayer list, as well as all cancer patients and cancer survivors.  God works miracles.  I pray He has saved one for me.

 Doug Adams

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Doug Adams, District 6 Treasurer, Life Member and past District 6 VP. Doug was a member of Vinton Rescue Squad. Please keep the family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days and I will pass on the service information as soon as I know it.  

Service Information:
Visitation is Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 at Oakey’s in Vinton. 
Funeral is 10:00 Monday at Oakey’s in Vinton.

Jessie Sadler Daniel 
age 83, of Dolphin, VA passed away December 15, 2019. She is the daughter of the late Harvey and Swanee Sadler. Jessie was a lifelong member of Liberty Church, a life member of Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary (state, district and local), and a Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Squad Administrative Board member. Jessie retired from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office after 36 years and then volunteered with the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia. Jessie loved her garden, word searches, cats, bus trips, cooking and helping others. She will be missed by so many. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Shelton “Jack” Daniel, Jr. and her brother, Wayne Sadler. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Strickland of Dolphin and Karen Williams and husband Gary of Glen Allen; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Strickland, Ryan Strickland (Gabi Whitten), Meredith Strickland, Kevin and David Williams; her sister-in-law, Frances Wright of Valentines; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; her Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Squad  Auxiliary sisters; her sitter, Delores Dickens; and her lifelong friend, Kitty Burge. 

  • The family will receive friends Wednesday, 12/18/19  from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.
  • A Celebration of Life service will be held  Thursday 11:00  a.m.  12/19/19  at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville.
  • Cards to: Carolyn Strickland & Karen Williams, daughters of Jessie  c/o:  7010 Liberty Rd     Dolphin, VA 23843
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Church General Fund, c/o Jean Browder, 3827 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA 23868;  VAVRS,     P. O. Box 279, Oilville, VA 23129; the Massey Cancer Research Center; or a charity of your choice.

Thanks for uplifting Jessie's family during their time of immense loss.    Maxine Kerns, AVAVRS Secretary ***

*** data transcribed from Jessie's obituary / arrangements   :   Williams Funeral Home , Lawrenceville   


Jack Dye
It is with great sadness and regret that I inform you that Jack Dye passed away this weekend out of state. Jack was a 44-year active member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Department of EMS. Jack was a staple of VBVRS, VBEMS, and worked to promote good EMS practices throughout the state. There are so many great stories involving Jack, and he has most certainly left our organization in a better place.
 Our squad is in direct communication with the family, and will assist with their wishes when they become available. At this time, both Station 14 and Station 8 will be draped. Also, all VBVRS badges will be draped until 1/1/2020. 
 Dale and Corey will have VBVRS cards if anyone would like to write something for the family. Jim Obal will be the point of contact to the family from the Squad.
Please keep Jack and his family in your thoughts and prayers. If anyone needs assistance, please reach out to us. 
Thank you,
Travis W. Smith
Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad


Ruth Hope Jordan

OBITUARIES October 22, 2019 Press release
Ruth Hope Jordan, 84, of Chester, Va., passed away peacefully in her home on Oct. 12, 2019. Ruth was born on Dec. 25, 1934, in Colonial Heights to John David Jordan and Ruth Alma Pate Jordan. She was born prematurely, so small that her first crib was just a small box placed near a space heater for warmth; yet she persevered and went on to dedicate her life to volunteering and serving the people of Chesterfield County. After graduating Thomas Dale High School and the Norfolk College of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University), she returned to Chester, where she spent 32 years teaching elementary school for Chesterfield County Schools, endearing herself to hundreds of her students.  During this time, she also volunteered for the Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad, receiving numerous certifications and accolades for her work as both a volunteer and as an instructor. After 10 years of continuous service, in 1982 the squad named her a member for life. In retirement, “Miss Ruth,’’ as she was so affectionately addressed by many, continued her public service by volunteering for the Chesterfield County Police Department, leaving only when her aging body told her it was time to fully retire. Ruth’s lifelong commitment to serving her community, including over 7,000 volunteer hours, culminated in her receipt of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, and her induction into the Chesterfield County Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2016. Ruth was predeceased by her three brothers, John, Robert and Russell Jordan; her sister, Edith Early; her foster sister, Joan Rusmisell; and her niece, Stephanie Jordan. Ruth is survived by her two sisters-in-law, Pat and Lois Jordan; five nieces and nephews; 11 grandnieces and grandnephews; one great-great grandniece; and a host of former students, friends and fellow volunteers. While her family was very dear to Ruth, her friends and acquaintances in and around Chester meant the world to her. Thank you, to all who touched her world, watched out for her and helped take care of her. Her life would not have been the same without you. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at St John’s Episcopal Church, 12201 Richmond St., Chester, Va., 23831 with the Rev. Dale Custer presiding, followed by a reception at the parish hall. A private interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park in Chester. Memorial gifts in Miss Ruth’s memory can be made to Smitty’s Cat Rescue (now SPCA of Chesterfield), Chesterfield Police Department or the Bermuda-Bensley Volunteer Rescue Squad. Funeral arrangements are by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Va., 23834. Condolences may be registered at
Gail Elizabeth Dean, 45, of Montvale, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019. She was born in Roanoke, VA on November 3, 1973, a daughter of James Edward Dean and May Alphin Dean of Montvale. She was preceded in death by an uncle, William Bernard Alphin. She worked security at Walmart and was a member of Montvale Presbyterian Church.  Gail was a lifetime member of Montvale Rescue Squad. She was very actively involved in Relay for Life and volunteered with police work. In addition to her mother and father she is survived by a brother, Wayne Dean and wife Robin; special friend, Lisa Stewart; uncle, Richard “Dick” Alphin and wife Nancy; aunts, Carol Alphin, Jean Dawson; and cousins, Valeria Alphin, Jeff Alphin, Lynette Dawson. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the nurses on 10 South at Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their loving care to Gail. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Montvale Recreation Club, 1182, Pike Rd., Montvale, VA with Rev. Rodney Wilson and Steve McChesney officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your local Fire, Rescue, or Police Department. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.