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Friday, November 17, 2006

Our Sympathy goes out to...

It is with deepest regret that I am informing you of the death of Suzanne (Sue) Hanks, Wife of Captain Mike Hanks (retired). Sue was killed in a single vehicle accident this morning around 7 am on the way to work. Sue will be missed by her firefighting family and our thoughts and prayers will be with Mike and the rest of the Hanks family in this time of sorrow.

For those of you who are newer to the department, Mike Hanks retired as a Captain in 2002 and was the Secretary/Treasurer for Local 1132 for 10 years. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters Association. Mike has been a strong voice for Firefighters across the State for many years.

Mike and Sue were a team. He would not have had time for half the stuff he accomplished without the strong support and help of his wife Sue.

Recently, I got to spend time with both Mike and Sue in Toronto during the IAFF Convention. We all had a great time, and it was neat to get to know Sue after knowing Mike for many years.

I will update as more information is announced.

WDBJ7 story on Suzanne Hanks


Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and his family. My wife and I were fortunate to meet and get to know Sue when we traveled to Chicago to the IAFF convention. We both fell in love with her personality and her enthusiasm. I was able to travel to two more conventions with them. She will be sadly missed. Mike we are praying for you and if there is anything you need please let us know. Bo.

Anonymous said...

Mike and I were just in Atlanta speaking about how Sue was so supportive of his work for the firefighters. I know firefighters across the state are thinking of Mike and his family.

Anonymous said...

Mike you and your family are in my family's prayers. God Bless You
DG Duncan

Anonymous said...

Dearest Mike, My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family..May you be Blessed to know that your wife was a loving and caring supporter for the firefighters..We will all miss her and we will help you in anyway we can...You were my first Capt. and I will always hold close the things you have taught me to be the firefighter I am today...God Bless you and your in-laws at this time of mourning.......KB