Community pays respects to former chief

Jane Crawford receives an American flag during a memorial service honoring her husband, V.T. "Slim" Crawford, who died May 23 at the age of 77.

The community came together Wednesday afternoon to pay its final respects to V.T. “Slim” Crawford, the longtime former chief and founder of Scruggs Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Crawford died May 23 at the age of 77.

About 300 people turned out for Crawford's memorial service, held at the Scruggs Fire and Rescue station. The current chief of the department, Dempsey Moore, thanked those in attendance.

“Jane, it shows you that you have a big family,” Moore said to Slim Crawford's wife and survivor.

According to Moore, Slim Crawford was always available to mentor "anyone who asked.”

“It was the same no matter what day it was or what was going on," he said.

Slim Crawford made Scruggs one of the leading departments in the county, Moore said, and ensured its members were trained and equipment was well maintained.

According to Moore, Slim Crawford always stood up for the betterment of his department and his community.

“He will be missed. He’ll never be forgotten,” Moore said.

-For more information, see the June 5 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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