Virginia Fire and Rescue personnel are mourning the loss of a veteran firefighter.
Frederick County, VA Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Chester T. Lauck died Sunday morning at Winchester Medical Center.
Lauck suffered a cardiac event at his home Saturday morning hours after he was involved with a wildland fire on Back Creek Road in Gore, according to a statement from Frederick County, VA Government.
He retired from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Fire and Rescue Department as a Battalion Chief responsible for the Special Operations Division. He served in various positions as Firefighter/Medic, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief over a 22-year period from 1985 to 2007.
Lauck served as chief of a Round Hill Community Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company for 14 years.
“Chief Lauck selflessly served the greater Frederick County community for decades in a variety of roles and his passing is a tremendous loss to his family, friends, our Fire and Rescue Family, and the greater community,” officials said.