Saying Goodbye to Lifetime AVFRD member Jerry “Catfish” Earnest
Jerry “Catfish” Earnest, of McLean, Virginia, passed away on October 25, 2020, at the Virginia Hospital Center at the age of 68. During his time with the Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (Company 6), he served as Sergeant and Chief Engineer. Catfish (as he was known) enjoyed nothing more than being with his Tuesday night duty crew and the “day crew” of Lieutenant Dan, Ray, Jr., and Anne Marie. When not firefighting, he always gave freely of his time at the station whether it be for open houses, pancake breakfasts, oyster dinners, or driving Santa around on the big rig to pass out candy during the Christmas holidays. Jerry was honored to have been chosen for the Costello Award as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year in 1996. In 2008, he was inducted as a lifetime member of the Department.