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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Lt David Rich

Update: Here is the obituary and arrangements for Lt. David O. Rich from the Roanoke Times.

David Owen Rich (Buck), of Roanoke, passed away unexpectedly at his home on March 3, 2008. He was born in Roanoke, Va., on March 2, 1940. He attended Jefferson High School and served four years in the United States Navy. David was a retired Lieutenant from the Roanoke City Fire Department after 39 years of service. David continued to work for the Roanoke City Fire Department until his untimely death. He enjoyed playing bingo, traveling to Atlantic City with his family, going to the Salem High School football games and supporting his grandchildren. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he will be missed dearly. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Lawrence Oliver. David is survived by two sons, David A. Rich, and Randall S. Rich and wife, Holly, all of Salem; four grandchildren, Devon and Logan Rich, and Hannah and Danielle Rich, all of Salem. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 6, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem. The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2008, at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. Arrangements by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem, Va.
Published in the Roanoke Times on 3/6/2008.

I regret to inform you that Lt. David O. Rich (ret.) passed away this morning. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
David Rich in front of one of the Service Trucks at Station 10. Picture taken by FF Travis Collins.

Although David was retired, he was still very much a part of Roanoke Fire-EMS. Since his retirement in 2001, he has worked part time as one of the three messengers. As a messenger, he was always there with the bottle truck at working fires, as well as anything else we needed. When he worked, he would pop in and out of fire stations dropping stuff off and picking stuff up. He would always stop in to say hi, and sit back and chat with the firefighters.

David came to work for the Roanoke Fire Department on December 1, 1963. He retired in 2001 with 38 years of service. I remember when I came to the department in 1999 that he was a Lt. at Station 13. David had previously been the Lt. on Ladder 9 at Station 9 and was moved to 13 when Ladder 9 became Ladder 13.

Many of us have fond memories of David. I thought it was always neat when you bumped into him on a fire now and before he retired. You could look in most any of the younger guys eyes and see excitement and awe; yet if you looked into Davids you knew he had been there and done that...he didn't even have to open his mouth. He knew exactly what we felt, he felt it to. But after 38 years it seemed as though he just enjoyed seeing everyone else's expressions.

His wealth of knowledge was looked up to by most, especially rookies who had the pleasure of working with him. He remembered the good stories, the ones to be passed down. He remembered the big fires, and he could tell you all about them.

Godspeed Lt. David O. Rich - you will be remembered and missed.

Left to right: Carty (Bill?), David Rich, Stan Fielder, and Chubby Wood in front of Ladder 9 at Station 9.

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Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are to his family. You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Lt. Rich.


Anonymous said...

We will miss you Rich. Your memory will live on in the hearts of your brothers.

Anonymous said...

Go with God Brother Dave. You will be missed.

Anonymous said...

That is Captain William "Bill" Carty on the left of the photo in front of Ladder 4.

I was shocked to hear the news of David Rich's passing. He was a really good guy, and always willing to pass on any info he had that might help you out. I'll miss him.

Another one of the "old school" firefighters has left us.

Lieutenant Mike Overacker/ Retired

Anonymous said...

Rich, you will be deeply missed. Thank you for the work you did. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Anonymous said...

I remember Rich told me several years ago when he retired one of his proudest memories was working with all of us. He told us then that he really didn't want to retire but his knees couldn't take the abuse any more and he wanted to make room for 'some of you kids to get promoted'.

He never was there for the glory or the status. If you ever looked at his car he didn't have the union stickers or FF plates or anything like that. He was a fireman plain and simple and didn't have to boast or wave a flag. I was lucky enough to work with Dave for 2 years at #13 and I am proud to have called him a friend, an Lt, and a co-worker. You're right we've lost another great.
T Collins

Anonymous said...

I remember his jokes and how he used to laugh about putting Fielder's eye out while washing the Ladder one day. He said he felt like shit about it happening but when Stan was OK he nearly peed himself laughing about it.

Anonymous said...

I dont know that I can say anything differnt here that any of us is thinking, other than to say THANK YOU for being such a good friend and a good brother to each and everyone of us in this department. There are many of good time we had and those time can never be taken from me or anyone in this department. God bless you and your family for giving us so many years with you. I will never forget you buddy.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Rich's Family.

Thanks D.O.!! For everything!!!

JD Reynolds