William Byrd High School graduate Billy
Stickney (left) and Matt Blackmon are combat
veterans turned chimney sweeps with
their new business, Patriot Chimney.

They run the operations side of the business. Blackmon’s brother Mitchell does the marketing. While there are several chimney sweep companies in the region, they are unique in having more certifications for their line of work than anyone within a 100- mile radius. They both learned their trade at the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) in Plainfield, Ind,, and are certified in chimney sweep and dryer vents, with course work in gas appliances. They are located in Blue Ridge, but cover a wide area including Roanoke, Vinton, Lynchburg, Salem, Floyd, Blacksburg, Moneta, Lexington, Rocky Mount, Martinsville, and Bedford.

Blackmon says they are willing to go anywhere their skills are needed. They basically “deal with anything that involves fireplaces and chimneys.” They offer a wide variety of services “to keep your chimney and fireplace in tip top shape to keep you and your family safe and warm during the winter.” They offer three levels of chimney inspections that meet the…

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