Area firefighters pay respect to fallen brother who died in the line of duty

FAIRMONT—Firetrucks from surrounding areas lined up on I-79 to salute a fallen veteran Preston County firefighter, who was killed while responding to a fire on Sunday.

A longtime member of Albright Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Charles “Chuck” Miller, 62 years of age, was killed while responding to a brush fire, when his own personal vehicle crashed into a large ditch, in a sharp turn, on North Preston Highway, Route 26.

Miller was part of the Albright VFD for 29 years.

The brush fire was put out and the team carried on, but the hardship of the fallen member still weighs heavy throughout the brotherhood of the fire department.

Miller was a reliable “go to” guy for the fire department including truck driving, maintenance and transporting equipment to other departments for service and repair.

Miller was looked up to while mentoring younger firefighters. He served as current captain of the AVFD. He served as past chief, captain lieutenant, and chief engineer over the 29 years at the department.

Fellow crew members shared that Miller enjoyed being a firefighter and put in enormous amounts of effort and time at the department. He was always known to have the biggest heart.

Members from the department shared that the Albright VFD and community are going to miss Miller dearly.

During a solemn occasion, a hearse carrying Miller was escorted along Interstate 79, led by an Albright VFD truck and police. As the fallen firefighter passed, he was met by fellow firefighters lined up in front of surrounding area fire trucks.

Fire departments near and far carry a brotherhood and Miller will be sadly missed.

Friends were called to the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Route 72 South toward Rowlesburg on Thursday and Friday, to honor the fallen hero. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., today, Saturday, April 10, with Pastor Joe Lamm officiating, before Miller is laid to rest in the Beech Run Cemetery.

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