CRAIGSVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Funeral services for Craigsville-Beaver-Cottle Volunteer Fire Chief Tim Blake will be next week.
Nicholas Co. Emergency Management says Blake most likely died Wednesday after having a heart attack. He owns a wrecker service and was driving a wrecker at the time. Investigators believe Blake died before he crashed it.
The Nicholas Co. Sheriff’s Department posted funeral arrangements on its Facebook page.
Viewing services will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Craigsville.
In place of flowers, Blake’s family is requesting that donations be made to the Nicholas County Fire Association to help fund training for future firefighters.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Emergency officials say they are planning on holding a full firefighter memorial, complete with a procession of firetrucks from St. Luke’s to West Virginia Memorial Gardens in Calvin, where Blake will be laid to rest.
The Pinch, Richwood, Summersville plus other volunteer fire departments are covering the area for the next few days.
Blake joined the Craigsville Fire Department in 1987. He had been chief for 23 years.
In addition to his duties as chief, Blake also served as the president of the Nicholas County Fire Association. The Association has posted a link on their website for anyone wishing to donate to help Blake’s family cover funeral expenses.