According to various reports, two members of the Evington Volunteer Fire Department sustained serious injuries in an ATV accident of Saturday evening just before 6:30. Evington VFD Chief W.T. Hall and department member Derrick Johnson sustained injuries when their ATV overturned along Halseys Bridge Road, off Rte. 24.
The two firefighters were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Their injuries were described as severe. The incident remains under state police investigation.
An outpouring of support for the two injured men has come from fire departments around the area. Following are posts on area fire departments’ and first responders’ Facebook pages.
Altavista Fire Company: “Prayers for our brothers on the Evington Volunteer Fire Department. #AFC10.”
Rustburg VFD: “Our hearts go out to our Evington brothers and their families. We are lifting you up in prayer! May God be with you and give you strength to overcome the obstacles ahead. God bless, RVFD.”
Campbell County Rescue Squad: “Please continue to be in prayer for Chief Hall, Firefighter Johnson, their families, & the Evington Fire Department. Yesterday, the two men were in a side by side accident and air lifted to Roanoke. We recognize the importance of a community praying so we are asking you to join us & so many others in doing that.”
Huddleston VFD: “Keeping all of our brothers and sisters in Evington Fire Department in our thoughts and prayers!”
Lyn-Dan Heights VFD: “We ask that everyone please keep our brothers from Evington in your thoughts and prayers. Our brothers and their family members are going trough a very difficult time right now. CO.17 The guys from 15 are praying for you as well, we are here if you need anything. #Evingtonstrong #Brotherhood.”
Monelison VFD: “Asking everyone to be in prayers for the members of Evington Volunteer Fire Department and families. Two of their members (Chief Hall and Firefighter Johnson) were involved in a serious accident yesterday. We understand the power of prayer as displayed through many and His blessing with Chief Cash. Monelison Vol Fire Department is praying for the families, friends and brothers during this time. Please join us in prayer helping with their fight. You got this! #brothersunited.”