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Chief Everett Athey LVFC Co. 1
Past Chief Everett Athey has now joined our other family members in the "Bighouse in the Sky." Chief Athey was the Chief of Leesburg VFC and instrumental in the construction of the current Station-1 at 215 Loudoun St SW in Leesburg was first constructed in 1964.
The funeral in Leesburg, as shown in the pictures below, was a traditional firefighter tribute to Chief Athey. The procession left colonial Funeral Home and proceeded to Union Cemetery as Chief Athey rode his final call in the LVFC Co.1 restored 1929 Seagrave pumper that Chief Athey had ridden in his days as a member of LVFC. Some of the members who served with Chief Athey were on hand for the final call and the tolling of the bell.
The script for the ceremony was as follows:
"The Tolling of the
Before the Internet was ever invented, or telephones and radios were used to communicate across our great nation, fire companies and departments used the telegraph to communicate - using special codes to receive fire alarms from those once-familiar red fire alarm boxes which stood on practically every street corner of
When a firefighter was lost, the fire alarm office would tap out a special signal. This would be tapped out as five measured dashes - then a pause - then five measured dashes - then a pause - then five more measured dashes.
This came to be called the Tolling of the
"ATTN: COMPANY 1 MEMBERS: ROLL CALL"
"Chief Dude Moxley" - "Here, Sir!"
"Firefighter Dude Moxley" - "Here, Sir!"
"Firefighter Robert Spinks" - "Here, Sir!"
"Sgt Csizmadia" - "Here, Sir"
"President Jim Clem" - "Here, Sir"
"CHIEF EVERETT ATHEY" (pause) - no response
"CHIEF EVERETT ATHEY" (pause) - no response
"FIRE CONTROL to CHIEF 1" (pause) - no response
What a loss to us the Almighty has claimed, a Firefighter, a friend, a father, a husband. Chief Everett Athey was his name.
Once he strode proudly along the street, with a smile on his face for all he would meet.
"Good morning" or "Good evening" he would say, "Hope things are fine" and "Have a good day"
Off he would go, doing his daily tasks, taking care of duty, no questions
He was concerned with public service every day, keeping everyone secure and out of harms way.
With a badge on his chest, he wore it with pride, and a heart of pure gold was beating inside.
Chief Athey's job was pleasant at times and occasionally bad. Sometimes things happened that made him sad.
Yet he went on without letting it show on his face, he made life better for
An unselfish man, Chief Everett Athey gave his best to us all. He shared
Chief Athey took others' troubles as if they were his own, and to most-of us, this was never known.
He was an inspiration to us all, he was an example to kids. Did you ever stop to thank him for the job that he did?
Chief Everett Athey has answered his last call. He has gone home to the Father, a great loss to us all.
All units are advised... "Chief Everett Athey is Out of Service and Back in
"Sgt Csizmadia - sound the final bell and the last call!"
From the 29 Seagrave came the Tolling of the bell = 3 x 3
The Siren sounded 1 time up and down
"Company 1 dismissed"
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