CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A fallen firefighter is headed home to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, but not before a hero's send off in Charlottesville.

A procession led by Virginia State Police left the University of Virginia Medical Center around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12. First responders paused and saluted as Chief Adam Snyder was carried out of the city.

"We didn't know anyone from down there, they didn't know any of us, and since Saturday we've all met each other, talked and it's like we already knew each other," said Captain/Honor Guard Commander Timmy Cersley.

"I did not know Chief Snyder. I feel like I know him now since I've learned so much about him from his family, and from his co-workers, and from his fellow fire chiefs in the area. So it's an amazing story of an amazing life of service," Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter said.

A statement from the family said, “Adam served with distinction in the Marine Corps as a rescue swimmer, before working as a lifeguard eventually earning his paramedic license and joining the Atlantic Beach Fire Department. He absolutely loved being a fire fighter paramedic, where he’s spent the last 20 years serving his community.”

Snyder passed away Monday, March 11, at the UVA Medical Center. He was with his family at Wintergreen Resort on Saturday, March 9, when he was in a skiing accident.

Funeral arrangements are still in the works. A Gofundme page is collecting donations for Synder’s family.


03/12/2019 Release from the Charlottesville Fire Department:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - On Monday, March 11, 2019, Atlantic Beach North Carolina Fire Department Chief Adam Snyder passed away at UVA Hospital [sic] due to injuries suffered while skiing on Saturday at Wintergreen. Chief Snyder will return to North Carolina this afternoon, carried in an Atlantic Beach FD ambulance. Virginia State Police will be providing an escort for a memorial procession from UVA Hospital [sic] to the Virginia - North Carolina state border.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 1 p.m., a procession will depart UVA Hospital [sic] to return Chief Snyder to North Carolina. The Virginia State Police will be leading the procession. The media is invited to come to the Ridge Street firehouse at 12:30 p.m. today where the Charlottesville Fire Department will be displaying the American Flag over the route of the procession. The route of travel will be down 5th Street to Interstate 64 East from Charlottesville and continue on Interstate 95 South to the Virginia – North Carolina border. The procession will include emergency vehicles from Chief Snyder’s home department of Atlantic Beach Fire. Fire/Rescue apparatus from around the state will be posting at safe locations along the route to salute a life of service.

The family has released a statement as follows:

Today we said goodbye to a very special person in our lives. Adam was a wonderful and loving, husband, father, brother, son, friend, mentor and a dedicated, lifelong public servant.

Adam served with distinction in the Marine Corps as a rescue swimmer, before working as a lifeguard eventually earning his paramedic license and joining the Atlantic Beach Fire Department. He absolutely loved being a fire fighter paramedic, where he’s spent the last 20 years serving his community (15 of those as Chief).

Adam left us physically today, but as he left he performed one final act of selfless service. Adam was an organ donor. Today he donated the ultimate gift, giving of himself so that others may live. There is no greater act of nobility and love that one can give than to serve and save another. He truly was a lifelong public servant.

Adam and his legacy of service will live in our hearts forever. Our family truly appreciates all the prayers and kind messages you have shared with us. The Charlottesville Fire Department, the Virginia State Police, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Morehead City Fire-EMS and the Atlantic Beach Fire Department along with the staff of UVA Medical Center have been amazing. They have stood with us since the moment we arrived. We will be forever indebted for the kindness, compassion, strength and love they’ve shown us.

Later tomorrow (Tuesday) we will bring Adam home. Final arrangements are incomplete now, we ask that you give our family and our community time to grieve. We also respectfully request that all inquiries and contact go through our family liaison member or our assigned public information officer.

Thank you