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Friday, October 05, 2007

Captain David Heck passed away

Captain David Heck passed away suddenly on Friday, October 5th. Captain Heck was the company officer at Station 7.

Pray for his wife and 3 children.


The arrangements are as follows:

Captain Heck will be given a Fire Department Funeral at the request of his Family.

His viewing will be from 2-4 and 7-9 on Monday, October 8th at Oakeys East (Bonsack). His funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at 11am at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church in Vinton. If you have any questions, you may contact me directly at

We are in need of Honor Guard members for the Funeral.

Obituary: From the Roanoke Times
David Thomas Heck, 41, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 5, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter O. and Joyce B. Heck and nephew, Daniel Cromwell. David was a captain in the Roanoke City Fire Department Station #7 and also a member of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Jana Heck; children, Alexia Diane Heck, Jacob Thomas Heck and Evan Douglas Heck; sisters, Sherry and Lori Heck; brother, Walter O. Heck, Jr. and wife, Debbie Cromwell-Heck, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Nancy Adams; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Danny and Laurie Adams; niece, Michelle Cox; nephew, Brandon Heck and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church with The Rev. Dr. Rob Colwell officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Oakey's East Chapel from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2007. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church Honduras Mission. Arrangements by Oakey's East Chapel and Crematory, 540-977-3909.
Published in the Roanoke Times from 10/7/2007 - 10/8/2007.


ashley pagans ( Gishs fiance) said...

You will be missed greatly and never know the impact you have had on our lives...

Anonymous said...

I'll echo her sentiments. I got to know Dave when he helped teach a EMT-CT class that I was in. I also worked with him at Lewis-Gale. Dave was a great person and I'm grateful for the opportunity to know him.

Anonymous said...


B. Sprouse, REMS said...

Our prayers are with the family and children of David. He will be missed greatly.

Anonymous said...

One hell of a "happy go lucky" guy that will be greatly missed!

Anonymous said...

He will be forever in my heart and many others

Anonymous said...

Dave was always a fun guy to work with. We are all better for knowing him.

Anonymous said...

Never a greater guy will be missed! Unimaginable. Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Rich Bernhardt said...

Dave treated everyone as an equal, always a friendly word and a smile. I will miss seeing him when I go to LGMC.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

Pray for his family....

Anonymous said...

It's been a long time since I've seen or talked to David. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and department.

Drew Slemp
Morristown, TN

Anonymous said...

What a tragic loss to our Department. We lost a great guy. How sad.

Bob Fronk said...

I was saddened to hear about David's passing. I worked with David back in the old Roanoke City EMS days at the old gas station on Melrose (Station 4) before the merger. I have great memories of running calls with David and how he would always get mad at me for re-writing his reports because I thought they were too sloppy!

Nights at Sgt Peppers with Pat, Bishop, Cromer and all the other guys from "back then". He and I had some great times together, ran some crazy, funny and very serious calls together and I could always trust him to know what I needed next when the patient was bad.
I always joked with him that the only time I wrecked an ambulance it was his fault for parking 10 houses away and asking me to go move it.

I left EMS many years ago, but most of the stories I ever told friends included David.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Dave was a good freind and he will be missed greatly. I worked with him for many years and he was always there for anyone who needed them. I will be praying for his family and the Roanoke City Fire/EMS Dept.

Kevin Akers
Virginia Beach, VA

Anonymous said...

David will be missed greatly, we are all better people because we knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with David's family.

Celeste Smelser Baldino

Anonymous said...

Dave was a great guy. I really enjoyed working with him at Lewis Gale and having him as a preceptor the last day I needed to be able my paramedic.Dave will be miss dearly and there will never be another person like him.

Go rest high on the mountain Dave.

Anonymous said...

We are here with OPEN arms to the children.

Anonymous said...

The little round man had a way of making you laugh no matter how pissed off you were.

I remember when he was RS1 we responded to a serious call together and I didn't have a clue how to mix a drug and I said to Dave "I don't know how to do this" He replied "Well, I used to but my memory is a long as ....." then he said it's never too late to start reading and he picked up the protocol book and we got the job done.

No matter how serious the situation was he always managed to have a smile and come up with a way to make you smile.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the Caroline Professional Firefighters our thoughts and prayers go out to members of Local 1132, the Peck family, and there friends. Dave will be missed.

Strength through Unity,

R. Abernathy
Local 4314

Anonymous said...

Wives come and go... But you had kids to help grow up... We will all watch out for your kids.. We hope you are in a better place..