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Fire & Rescue

Dog alerts woman, children to house fire

STRASBURG – A woman and three young children escaped a house fire south of town Friday afternoon, thanks to a family dog. Multiple fire and rescue agencies responded to a report of a structure fire on Copp Road near Strasburg shortly before 3 p.m. Travis Painter, a firefighter at the scene ...

On lawyer’s OK, Fire Department to overhaul discipline process

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department will likely have a new set of guidelines for handling discipline. Members of the department’s restructuring committee voted on Thursday to have Town Manager Wyatt Pearson rewrite the department’s bylaws, contingent on approval from the town’s ...

Hot coals blamed in truck fire

A Shenandoah County fire official has determined that a grill filled with hot coals in the back of a pickup truck started a blaze that destroyed the vehicle Sunday. A Maurertown man, his girlfriend and their two small children were traveling in a 2018 Ford F350 through Strasburg around 7 p.m., ...

Fire officials urge caution on Fourth of July

In advance of July 4, local fire officials are urging residents to take precautions when they are dealing with fireworks. Dave Ferguson, fire marshal for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, said that the department receives reports every year of two or three fireworks-related ...

Vehicle strikes bicyclists near Front Royal

FRONT ROYAL – A motor vehicle struck two bicyclists on U.S. 340 south of Front Royal on Saturday, sending both riders to hospitals. Virginia State Police identified the driver of the vehicle as Jesse Fox, 29, of Front Royal, spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Monday. The incident ...

Fire destroys Woodstock home

A fire destroyed a house in Woodstock on Monday. David Ferguson, fire marshal for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, said that a neighbor called at 12:12 a.m. Monday to say that the two-story house at 2462 Swartz Road in Woodstock was on fire. “At the time, it was unclear ...

Pedestrian hurt in hit and run is recovering

FRONT ROYAL – A town man struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident almost two weeks ago continues to recover from his injuries, police said Wednesday. Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline said Wednesday in an email that the department has not made any arrests in the hit and run. ...

Water rescue conducted in Mount Jackson

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, along with local law enforcement and several other regional fire and rescue companies, conducted a rescue operation Friday after a woman tripped into the North Fork River in Mount Jackson. Bill Streett, Jr., the deputy chief of operations ...

Hazardous materials incident occurs at Toray Plastics

Emergency responders rushed to Toray Plastics in Front Royal Wednesday afternoon for a hazardous material incident. Warren County Fire and Rescue Units were called to Toray at 1:07 p.m., according to a statement from the department. Fire and rescue personnel, along with Toray safety employees ...

Truck crash sends driver to hospital

A Shenandoah County man suffered injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Maurertown on Monday morning. A 1978 GMC truck driven by Cornelio Juarez, 44, of Maurertown, crashed at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Zion Church Road, just south of Black Bear Road in Maurertown, according to information ...

In measured tones, panel keeps debating state of Fire Department

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Fire Department held a special meeting Thursday after an article in the Northern Virginia Daily highlighted comments from the department’s interim vice president, Milton Painter, criticizing the training of department members and the maintenance of the ...

New trial dates set for appeals of former Strasburg firefighters

WOODSTOCK — New dates have been set for the appeals of former Strasburg Fire Department members Dale King and Nathan Hirschberg. Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp continued both cases Wednesday. The two bench trials will instead occur at 9 a.m. July 23. During the proceedings, Hupp said that he was ...

Former fire chief appeals department’s removal of life membership

STRASBURG — Former Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King is appealing a decision to revoke his life membership from the department. In a meeting of the Fire Department restructuring committee on Thursday, the committee members voted to hear King give his appeal during their next regular ...

Fifth member in Strasburg Fire Department case found guilty

WOODSTOCK — Another former member of the Strasburg Fire Department has been found guilty by a judge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In a bench trial on Thursday, Judge William Logan convicted Bradly Markin and sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with 70 of those days suspended. ...

Town oversight of Fire Department may last

STRASBURG — Members of the Strasburg Fire Department Restructuring Committee are looking at potential changes to the  department bylaws that would give the town permanent oversight over volunteer firefighters. Mayor Rich Orndorff said in an interview Wednesday that members of the ...

Police ID Stephens City man killed in crash

A Stephens City man died in a vehicle crash in Fauquier County last week, state police said Monday. Authorities identified the victim in the May 1 crash as 47-year-old Kelly D. Holzhauser. Holzhauser died at the scene of the collision between two vehicles at the 25-mile marker on westbound ...

Strasburg man dies in crash

A Strasburg man died in a single-car crash late Thursday afternoon on U.S. 11 around Mt. Hebron Road near Strasburg. Virginia State Police said the victim, identified as Dustin Daniel Baker, 20, died at the scene as a result injuries sustained in the crash. Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the state ...

Strasburg Fire Department removes former fire chief from membership

STRASBURG — Two weeks after rejecting an identical measure, Strasburg  Fire Department members roundly voted on Thursday to terminate former fire chief Dale King from the department. In a 24-4 decision, the members reversed a vote made hours after King was sentenced to jail time on a ...

Fire Department rejects bid to banish King from its ranks

STRASBURG — Hours after former Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King was sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Strasburg Fire Department narrowly voted against a measure that would remove King from the department. During a Fire Department meeting on ...