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James Howell Hardy III, of Bluefield, VA, answered his final call Sunday, December 31, 2017. Born in Bluefield, WV, he was the son of the late James Howell Hardy Jr. and Evelyn Russ Hardy.
At the age of 15, Hardy dedicated his life to the Town of Bluefield and the Bluefield, VA Fire Department. He had served on the Tazewell County Emergency Services Committee for several years and also served in several positions within the department, including a long term as Assistant Chief. On August 01, 1994, he was voted and appointed as Fire Chief for The Bluefield Virginia Fire Department. His many accomplishments included the design and construction of the new fire station located on North College Avenue and his oversight on the design and construction of the first Ladder/Tower Fire Truck (Tower 78) in the town's history. He had also worked for several years at Rockwell Industries.
Chief was a caregiver to his Mother, always by her side during the final years of her life.
He will be loving missed and affectionately remembered by his caregivers: Captain Pete Sleeman and his wife, Charlotte; his sister: Margaret Hardy Sobieski of Winter Haven, FL; 2 nieces; his fellow fire fighters of the Bluefield, VA Fire Department, whom he considered family as well.
In honoring his wishes, there will be no public viewing.
The Honor Guard from Hillsville Fire Department in conjunction with Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the Virginia L.A.S.T. Team will conduct a Fireman's Funeral to celebrate Chief Hardy's life on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Dudley Memorial Chapel. Rev. Jim Kestner will officiate the funeral services. Friends may visit with his family on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Dudley Memorial from 12:00 P.M. until the hour of the service. Burial will follow at Maple Hill cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to: The Town of Bluefield Virginia Fire Department Membership Fund.
A reception in Chief's honor will be held at the Bluefield Virginia Fire Station, 100 North College Avenue, Bluefield, VA following the services. The public is invited.
Rest in Peace Chief Hardy. We'll take it from here...
Published on January 5, 2018
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