Lt. Brad Clark named Virginia Career Firefighter of the Year

Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hanover County Fire Lieutenant Brad Clark was among the ten recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Fire Service Awards. 

Lt. Clark, who was killed in October while responding to a crash on Interstate 295, was named the Virginia Career Firefighter of the Year. Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement on Thursday. 

“Lieutenant Clark was a committed officer and took pride in the success of those serving with him. Many will forever be grateful for his leadership and valor to the very end,” the announcement said. “However, Lieutenant Clark was a hero long before that rainy night in October and was a remarkable firefighter who is deeply missed.”

Hanover Fire-EMS Chief Jethro Piland was also given the Excellence in Virginia Fire Services award for his leadership and working with Lt. Clark’s family and the three other firefighters who were injured in the October 11 crash.

“Throughout the night of Thursday, October 11 and the days that followed, Chief Piland and his dedicated staff worked to meet the family’s needs while also quickly pushing out information to the public. Chief Piland’s leadership and interaction with constituents exemplifies how a fire chief should be in today’s climate,” the announcement said. 

Personalized license plates honoring Lt. Clark, while also reminding drivers to Move Over for first responders on the road, passed through the General Assembly. 

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