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Lovingston Firefighters Commemorated for Efforts During Wildfire

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The Eades Hollow Fire was officially declared 100 percent contained late Friday afternoon.

Later that night, the crews who battled the blaze through the week got a very special thank you and some big recognition. Dozens of firefighters were asked to gather at the Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department Friday night for a special evening of recognition to honor the crews for their hard work.

“We average 20, 22 to 35 calls a month. We've gotten 22 calls this past week, since Sunday morning we've gotten 22 calls,” Derek Kidd of Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department said. 

Not all the calls were in support of their efforts.

“Some of the community members were questioning our tactics of not being on the actual fire after the initial attack … Sunday night. What some people don't realize is Forestry takes over the incident once it gets into the wooded area and out of our hands they have the equipment to handle that we are an initial attack agency and we protect structures,” Kidd said.

Crews worked through the Thanksgiving holiday to contain the wildfire.

In addition to prayers and food from the community, Congressman-elect Tom Garrett, R-Va., sent a representative to thank the firefighters on his behalf.

“We wanted to reinforce Congressman-elect Tom Garrett's commitment to public safety in the 5th District ... it's nice to have the support of your local, and state, and federal representatives and although Tom couldn't be here just to have someone come for him to thank them,” Garret representative Andrew Pullen said.

“It's the first time that we've had representation from the state government come down and actually speak with us … it's overwhelming, we're proud that they would recognize us,” Kidd said.

Garrett's staff has recommended he recognize the firefighters with a congressional commendation once he takes office in January.

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