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Signed on November 10, 2008 at 10:15 PM
Rank/Title: CAPTAIN


Signed on November 10, 2008 at 10:13 PM
Guest Name: Joy Sutherly
Rank/Title: mother of a volunteer firefighter-Verona
Web Address:
Location: Norfolk,VA

Our prayers are with the family through this difficult time.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 9:52 PM
Guest Name: David J. Tillinger
Rank/Title: FIRE CHIEF
Location: ROBESONIA, PA.



Signed on November 10, 2008 at 9:21 PM
Guest Name: Jean Paquette
Rank/Title: District Commissioner
Location: Westport, Essex County, New York 12993

You should be very proud of your dept. and beautiful equipment.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 8:54 PM
Guest Name: Shawn P. Fitzgerald
Rank/Title: Firefighter/EMT raceway emergency team
Location: Rosemere Quebec Canada

As the alarm goes,we are there to respond.We never know when we have to make the ultimate sacrifice.In this case it was one of your guys who gave all.

Tragic as it is,it is time to bring him home,call 5555 and lay our brother to rest in the arms of our lord Jesus Christ.On behalf of our team here in Canada,our sincere condolances,our prayers.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 7:10 PM
Guest Name: walter henderson
Rank/Title: als-fire fighter ems luit
Location: ringgold vol fire rescue, ringgold va

we are all praying for your department...2 years ago we lost a 16 year old member due to a car crash..james lee hollie was ken to members in our department..its always hard we some you love goes home..its ever harder when they are so young..we will pray for your department it does get easier but the pain never goes away..turly sorry

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 7:06 PM
Guest Name: Shannon Meadows
Rank/Title: Fire Fighter
Web Address:
Location: Snow Hill Maryland.

I would like to say that I am very Sorry for the lose of Roy Smith. At this time let us remember the life of our BROTHER ROY SMITH. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. IF there is anything me or my fire company can do PLEASE let us know we are here with arms wide open.
Shannon Meadows Snow Hill Maryland

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 6:27 PM
Guest Name: Gene Siciliano
Location: Harrisonburg

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Nothing is harder than losing a child. I can not imagine what you and your family are going through, but remember, if you need anything please let me know.

Bless you and your family.


Signed on November 10, 2008 at 6:23 PM
Guest Name: P.J. Shifflett

My HEART goes out to Roy's family.,and fellow fire fighters company 80.Roy was a great fire fighter.He took time to teach me on my first call.He will be sadly missed.Gone but not forgotten.

P.J.(company 80)

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 5:56 PM
Guest Name: Skip Burroughs
Rank/Title: Fire Fighter/EMS
Location: Mathias/Baker Vol. Fire/Rescue

It is such a great loss when we loose a brother/Sister in our line of work. My deepest simpathy goes out to the family, friends, and comrads of such a young person. From what i have read in newspaper articles this was one large gift of GOD to be able to be so giving at such a young age. To all the lives he touched, let him teach us thru his giving and ambition. God be with you son, I am sure that you will be missed.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 5:03 PM
Guest Name: Mark S. Ford Sr.
Rank/Title: Chief
Location: Jefferson WV

From all the members of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department, our thoughts and prayers go out to your department and Roy's family.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 4:53 PM
Guest Name: Kent R. Folsom MD
Rank/Title: Tactical Physician/ Auxiliary Police Officer/ Medical Examiner
Web Address:
Location: Harrisonburg VA

My sympathies Firefighter Smith's family and his Brothers and Sisters at Company 80. As a former firefighter and paramedic I always mourn the loss of another in the line of duty. That this fine young man gave his life while serving others is a tribute to him and his family.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 4:20 PM
Guest Name: Frank D DiLiddo iii
Rank/Title: Chief of Special Operations, Worcester Ma

We all share in your pain, we know only time will be able to start to heal the pain of your loss. Stay strong and may Roy's death be used so generations from now someone will be able to learn and live from this tragedy.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 4:15 PM
Guest Name: Richard McGahey
Rank/Title: Captain
Location: Manchester NH

Our simpathy goes out to the family, friends and fire department during these sad days.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 3:30 PM
Guest Name: Brian Michna
Rank/Title: Firefighter/EMt
Location: Nimishillen twp ohio

speaking for all of us at the Nimishillen Twp Fire department we wish you all comfort in your time of loss. nothing we say will bring our young brother back but we all admire his dedication to the fire service and all he gave to protect his community. Rest assure he was welcomes with open arms by his brother that have went before him. Stay strong
Brian Michna
Niimishillen township fire department
Louisville ohio

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 3:25 PM
Guest Name: Greg Richardson
Rank/Title: Captain - Horry Co. Fire Rescue
Web Address:
Location: Conway - Myrtle Beach SC

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of mourning. Whether through an incident or just natural, it is difficult for fire strong personnel to pause and mourn. Rely on each other for comfort and support, and God be with you.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 3:23 PM
Guest Name: Kevin Brophy
Rank/Title: Fire Fighter
Web Address:
Location: Syosset, NY 11791

I know that I speak for every Fire Fighter here when I say he was our Brother as well. Tears welled up in my eyes as I read the article and thought of the many Explorers I have seen through to becoming members of my own Department and worried that they would be safe. I was part of the response to Ground Zero and I thought I had surpressed the memory well enough but reading his comments about the wearing of the Gear was his way of paying tribute to 911 I lost it. When you strap a bottle to your back and decide that you are going to do this thing we do then you are a member of the Brotherhood......go with God Roy, hold the Door for me.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM
Guest Name: Roddey Blunt
Rank/Title: Captain/Paramedic
Web Address:
Location: Spring Valley Ca.

I would like to offer my condolences on your recent loss. I am constantly amazed at the dedication of our youth in the Fire Service today. I am truly sorry this young man had to leave you at such a young age. Please know that Roy, his family, and your organization are in our thoughts.

Fraternally, Roddey Blunt

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 2:55 PM
Guest Name: Missy Jenkins
Rank/Title: Aunt
Location: Shenandoah Va

Roy is my nephew and he will be sadly missed. Roy when you see Papaw and Aunt Shirley tell them that I said hi for me I lOVE YOU ROY!!!!!! missed and loved by Aunt Missy Jenkins

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM
Guest Name: Chianne May
Location: penn-laird Va

I was very close to Roy I thought of him as my own family I cared for him with all the heart I had left, since this happened another piece of my heart has been ripped away. I will cry because I miss him but I’ll remember him for the things we did together and the fun times we had. Roy was a very special person and I’m going to miss him a lot. Knowing I never got the chance to say goodbye is just heart breaking and I speak for a lot of people not just myself. I remember the first time we met I was in second grade and he was so afraid to show me his burns until one day he told me that he wasn’t afraid to show people anymore and then he finally showed me. I wanted to write this comment to share how much I cared about little Roy and I still do. And I wanted to send a special thanks to everyone who has helped out and has been thinking of the family. Thank you friends, family, teachers and especially all the Firefighters around the world I want to follow in your footsteps and be a HERO just like my good friend little Roy. Remember the brother of all the firefighters and know that he is in a better place and that he will never be forgotten. Love, Chianne May

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 2:31 PM
Guest Name: BarbaraLansberry
Rank/Title: Firefighter's Mom
Location: Luray, Virginia

My son has been a firefighter for several years. Yes, I worry about him, but he's doing what he loves, just as Roy was. I am so sorry foor his family and will keep them in my prayers.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 2:18 PM
Guest Name: C. Ralph Taylor, Jr.
Rank/Title: Lieutenant
Web Address:
Location: James City County Fire Dept. Williamsburg, VA

My heart goes out to you, my brothers and sisters in Rockingham County (McGaheysville VFD), I served with you as a volunteer (Bridgewater VRS) and as career staff (Rockingham County Fire and Rescue). It is difficult losing a firefighter esecially one so young and vibrant as the stories are being told. I am deeply saddened by the loss of this young man. He would have been a great one and had a positive impact on the service. Honor him by still getting on the truck and helping the citizens of the response area as he would have done it. I am sure he will smile. Deepest sympathies.


Signed on November 10, 2008 at 2:13 PM
Guest Name: Cindy Townsend
Location: McGaheysville

On behalf of the National Timeshare Help Center we send our condolences for the incredible loss of your fellow firefighter Roy Smith.

We also thank you for the Bravery and Professionalism displayed by your company while fighting the blaze at our office.

May God be with you and help you to find peace

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 2:12 PM
Guest Name: T.B. Roberts
Rank/Title: Captain
Location: City of Lexington Fire - EMS

Condolances from the City of Lexington Fire Department to the Brothers and Sisters of Company 80, and throughout Rockingham County.

Our hearts and prayers go out to a fallen Brother and his family. Let the name, Roy Smith III, live on in good deeds.

Keep safe

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM
Guest Name: FF Greg
Location: Massachusetts

On behalf of the Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Assoc, our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Firefighter Smith.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 1:10 PM
Guest Name: Jeanette Huffman Batton
Rank/Title: Firefighter/EMT/ Master Communicator
Location: Bridgewater Fire Company / HRECC

I remember when Roy got burned as a child, and then I remember him being at burn camp. Anyone who has never been to burn camp cannot imagine how courageous those children are. They grasp life so hard it’s touching. I never knew until this tragic accident that Roy had become a firefighter, but what a journey!! For him to end up helping people the way so many had helped him. I didn’t know him as he had gotten older. But, I know what it takes for a person to become a firefighter and to do the job that we do. He has overcome so much and has given back to others in such an unselfish and special way. His family should be so proud that they had such a giving son. I know he will be missed in the worst way by his family, his Co 80 brothers and sisters and by all those whose lives he touched along the way. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May time ease your pain and your memories heal your hearts.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM
Guest Name: Billy Le Drew
Rank/Title: FF-EMT-B
Web Address:

On behalf of the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, we send our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with McGaheysville VFC and to the Smith family.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 12:27 PM
Guest Name: Aaron Faulconer
Rank/Title: Admin.
Web Address:
Location: Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Dept. CO 8 VA

My thoughts and prayers go out to your department during this tragic time.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 12:26 PM
Guest Name: Carla Wheeler
Rank/Title: FF 402/Churchville Fire and Rescue

I am sorry for your loss. Hearing something like this really makes me think of how short life can be and how quickly things can change. I will keep Firefighter Smith's family and the members of McGaheysville Fire Department in my thoughts and prayers.

Signed on November 10, 2008 at 11:59 AM
Guest Name: Mike Sharp
Rank/Title: Captain
Web Address:
Location: Washington Parish, Louisiana

On behalf of the members of Washington Parish Fire Rescue District #8, I send our heartfelt condolences for the loss of our brother Firefighter Roy Smith III. Our brotherhood has lost another dedicated servant, but take comfort in knowing that he was doing what he loved when he left this earth. May God bless him and you all, and keep us all safe as we continue to serve our communities and protect lives and property. Rest in peace brother.

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