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Henrico fire chief named top in Southeast


Anthony E. McDowell, chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, has been chosen as the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

McDowell, who has led the Division of Fire since October 2012, was selected from 15 nominees and will receive the award June 20 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala.

“Henrico County is thrilled that Tony’s excellent public service has been recognized by his peers in the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico enjoys a high quality of life in part because of the work and dedication of the men and women of the Division of Fire. As chief, Tony leads from the front and by example. He is driven by a passion for helping others and is guided by a commitment to his faith, his family and his community.”

Smoke detector saves family of 5 in Eastern Henrico

The residents of small two story home in Eastern Henrico were awoken early this morning to the sound of a working smoke alarm, which helped save their lives after their house caught fire.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 200 block of South Fern Avenue for the report of a house fire shortly before 7 a.m. and found heavy fire from the second story window of the residence. Initial fire attack crews learned that the entire family of five had made it out of the house safely.

Henrico firefighter honored

Henrico firefighter Jon Reinmuth recently earned the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service.

Reinmuth manages the activities of the fourth-grade education program, the Junior Firefighter program, Summer Blast and the Kids Safety Wagon for the Division of Fire. He is currently working on development of several new programs that will enhance service to the county, including upgraded senior safety programs, the Hand Only CPR program and a college safety program.

Raccoon found in West End tests positive for rabies

A raccoon that attacked a pot-bellied pig in a residential area on River Road Dec. 7 had rabies, Henrico Police reported.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit responded to the 8700 block of River Road for an animal related call for service that day, after the caller informed police that he had observed a raccoon attack one of his pot-bellied pigs and killed the raccoon. The raccoon remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing.

Richmond woman caught with gun at RIC checkpoint

A Richmond woman was issued a summons after Transportation Security Officers caught her trying to bring a semi-automatic gun and three magazines with 18 rounds on board an airplane at Richmond International Airport Dec. 9. It was the third time so far this month that TSA officers have detected a gun at the airport’s checkpoint and the eighth gun that TSA officers have detected at the checkpoint so far this calendar year. The firearm was not loaded.

TSA officers detected the .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three loaded magazine clips in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt into the checkpoint X-ray machine.

Missing Highland Springs woman found safe

UPDATE: Dec. 9, 11:27 A.M. –Henrico Police reported this morning that a missing 19-year-old Highland Springs woman who has autism had been located safe and reunited with her family. Elizabeth Dawn Martinez had been reported missing yesterday afternoon.

No further details about her return are available at this time.

Cat tests positive for rabies in Henrico

A cat that was acting strangely in the 5400 block of Seminary Avenue in Henrico's Northside Dec. 4 and later died at a veterinary office had rabies, Henrico County Police confirmed Monday.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit located the cat after being called to the area, where the cat had been exhibiting neurological symptoms. Officials transported it to the veterinary office, where it died shortly thereafter. Its remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing and came back positive the next day.

Henrico Fire promotes 7

The Henrico Division of Fire this week promoted seven officials: J. Bryan Miers to fire battalion chief; Scott J. Archibeque and Ronald J. Thomas to fire captain; Daniel J. Cramer, Christian H. Kitchen, Joseph K. Mooney and Kevin M. Pond to fire lieutenant.

Fire Chief Anthony McDowell announced the promotions Dec. 1.

Four Henrico firefighters earn Valor Awards


Four Henrico County firefighters were recognized at this year's Silver Anniversary celebration of the Valor Awards, an annual event celebrating the courage of the Richmond area's first responders.

Held Nov. 7 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event was sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association and honored law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel from around the region for their brave and selfless acts.

Lt. Michael Jason Carneal received a Bronze Valor Award for his actions the night of July 22. While off duty, Lt. Carneal was leaving his home at approximately 5:45 a.m. when he noticed a neighbor knocking and screaming at the door of another neighbor’s house.

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