Charles “Dog” C. Woods

Firefighter/EMT

In the early morning hours of September 23, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Charles Woods responded to a residential fire in Marion, VA, with the Adwolfe Volunteer Fire Department. Upon arrival, the occupant of the residence was secured and fire suppression activities began. During operations, Firefighter/EMT Woods was found unresponsive in a tanker after having filled it from a nearby fire hydrant and completing several other on-scene duties. Crews at the scene immediately provided lifesaving efforts and transported Firefighter/EMT Woods to Smyth County Community Hospital. All attempts to revive Firefighter/EMT Woods, however, were not successful.

Incident Location: 366 N. Overlook Drive, Marion, Virginia

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Department information

Adwolfe Volunteer Fire Department
104 Thomas Bridge Road
Marion, Virginia 24354

Chief: Steve Widner

Age: 58
Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 23, 2020 02:06
Date of death: September 23, 2020
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Water Supply
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

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