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    Fire Chief Battling Virginia Brush Fire Found Dead

    Fire Chief Battling Virginia Brush Fire Found Dead

    Updated: 11-14-2005 02:24:47 PM

    The Associated Press

    The burned remains of a volunteer fire department chief were found in the woods after he went to battle a brush fire alone.

    A search party found the body of Max Willard, 68, chief of the Oakwood Volunteer Fire Department, on Sunday morning.

    Willard went into the woods with a fire rake about an hour after the blaze started Saturday and never came out, said Randall Ashby, Buchanan County Sheriff's chief deputy.

    Ashby said it was not immediately clear whether the fire, smoke inhalation or something else caused Willard's death.

    "His body had been burned by the fire," Ashby said.

    The fire apparently started after a malfunctioning lawnmower ignited leaves, he said.

    It spread to hundreds of acres in this southwest Virginia county. Dispatchers said the fire was mostly extinguished by Sunday night.

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    Willard, Max

    Age: 68
    Cause of Death: Unknown
    Rank: Fire Chief
    Nature of Death: Unknown
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 11/12/2005
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time:
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 11/12/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Oakwood Volunteer Fire Department
    PO Box 159
    Oakwood , Virginia 24631-0159
    Chief: Pending

    Initial Summary:
    Fire Chief Willard responded to a brush fire on Saturday in the late afternoon that quickly grew into several hundred acres and involved multiple fire departments to bring under control. During the firefight, Willard was seen entering the woods alone with a fire rake and was not heard from again. A search was begun at first light 11/13/2005 and Willard

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    Virginia Community Mourns Loss of Fire Chief
    Funeral Set For Friday

    Updated: 11-15-2005 05:35:37 PM

    SUSAN NICOL KYLE
    Firehouse.Com News

    Clients who visited Max Willard

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