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Asst Chief John Caviness LCVRS & LCFR Dispatch


With sadness, we heard of the passing on Nov. 2, 2009 of "Johnny Jack" Caviness, Past Asst. Chief of the Loudoun County
 Volunteer Rescue Squad, and one of the original 4
charter dispatchers for Loudoun County Fire Rescue.
Below is the obituary release from one of his children, Jack Caviness Jr.:

John (Johnny) E. Caviness Jr, 72, a former Loudoun County, VA resident passed away on November 2nd 2009 at his home in Chapin, SC.

Johnny was born October 31st 1937 to Ruth Adrian and John Edward Caviness Sr. in Leesburg, VA. Johnny was married to Joyce Sisk Caviness for 34 years who passed away in 2005. He is survived by his mother Ruth A. Caviness of Columbia, SC, brothers Tom L. Caviness and Doug D. Caviness of Columbia, SC, his four sons Christopher J. Caviness and Brett A. Caviness of Chapin SC, John (Jack) E. Caviness, III of Yorktown, VA and Sydney M. Caviness of Leesburg, VA. Grandchildren Brett T. Davis of Camden, SC and Lacey E. Caviness of Leesburg, VA

Johnny graduated from Loudoun County High School in 1955. Johnny worked as firefighter and dispatcher for most of his life.  Johnny retired from Fairfax County VA Fire-Rescue as a Master Firefighter, from Loudoun County VA Fire-Rescue as one of the first 911 dispatchers and from Lexington County SC Fire-Rescue as a 911 dispatch supervisor.  He also volunteered with Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue for over 50 years where he was a Life Member and held the offices of Asst. Chief and President.


A memorial service will be held at Loudoun Funeral Chapel  158 Catoctin Circle SE  Leesburg, VA on Saturday, December 5th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to :

Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad
PO Box 1178
Leesburg, VA 20176

Personnel are asked if you have Class A uniform or a Company uniform to please wear those uniforms in attendance at the service.

John will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his friends, and to the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad he loved so much -
the same Rescue Squad that wife Joyce loved as well. 
Joyce left us with fond memories as well.

A memorial service will be held at Loudoun Funeral Chapel  158 Catoctin Circle SE  Leesburg, VA on Saturday, December 5th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to :

Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad
PO Box 1178
Leesburg, VA 20176

Personnel are asked if you have Class A uniform or a Company uniform to please wear those uniforms in attendance at the service.


A memorial service will be held at Loudoun Funeral Chapel  158 Catoctin Circle SE  Leesburg, VA on Saturday, December 5th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to :

Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad
PO Box 1178
Leesburg, VA 20176

Personnel are asked if you have Class A uniform or a Company uniform to please wear those uniforms in attendance at the service.

John was one of the first four dispatchers when Loudoun County "Fire Control" was created in 1957. In the picture below you will see
John, Deck Warner, "Big Jim" Anderson (my grandfather),
and (standing) Jack Walsh.
These were the men who worked 24/7/365 at the first dispatch center, a one room operation, in what is now the entrance to the courthouse complex on Market St, across from the Post Office.
They started with 1 emergency phone line, one single channel radio (Call sign KIU-862), and the only link to emergency fire and rescue for all of Loudoun County!
Many of us will remember his smile, his dispatch of "Chimley fires,"
and his sense of humor.

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