Longtime former chief of Scruggs Fire and Rescue dies

V.T. "Slim" Crawford

The longtime former chief of Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue, V. T. “Slim” Crawford, died early Thursday morning.

“He was a gentleman,” said Bill Kennedy, president of the board of directors of Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue. “He would help anybody.”

A former member of the Burnt Chimney Volunteer Fire Department, Crawford saw the need for a fire department in the Moneta area, Kennedy said. Crawford served as chief of the newly-formed Scruggs Volunteer Fire Department from its founding in the early 1970s until 2014, when he stepped down from the position.

Crawford continued to serve on the organization’s board of directors until his death, Kennedy said.

Karl Martin, who recently retired after serving 47 years as a conservation officer with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, said he had known Crawford almost from the beginning of his career.

“Proud to have known him, and he did a lot of good things, not just for the people of Franklin County, but the people visiting the lake [and] people who were in accidents on the highway ... He will be missed,” Martin said.

According to a post on the Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue Facebook page, the department will hold a memorial service for Crawford on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at its station, located at 2130 Bluewater Drive in Moneta.

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