Photo Courtesy of Town of Christiansburg
Roy Lee Redd

Marty Gordon

Contributing writer


Hundreds of firefighters from throughout southwest Virginia gathered Sunday to remember a man who served over 46 years as volunteer in the Christiansburg department.

Roy Lee Redd, who was 66, served in many capacities for the fire department and won the state Fire Truck Rodeo several times.

Redd, who retired in 2009 after 37 years working with the town’s public works department, passed away Wednesday after a long fight with cancer and recent battle with pneumonia. Local leaders remembered Redd for his longtime service through the fire department.

Christiansburg Mayor Michael Barber called Redd a hero. “His loss will be felt throughout this community. He dedicated his life to serving the New River Valley, and he loved the Town of Christiansburg. We were lucky to have so much of him for so long. His humor, his selflessness and his commitment to service will be missed.”

In 2014, he was recognized by the Montgomery County board of supervisors for answering 678 fire calls that year.

Chris Tuck, the chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, also pointed to the death this past week of former President George H.W. Bush who started the 1,000 Point of Light, promoting volunteerism.

“Roy was exactly what President Bush was talking about. A serious illness did not slow him down as he continued to provide service to the community. His death is a tremendous…

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