On Wednesday,March 27, 2002 Firefighter Fred McNeil Johnson suffered chest pains at our training session. FF Johnson was transported by EMS to our local hospital. He stayed over night was being transferred to Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn. the next morning. While enroute, FF Johnson went into cardiac arrest and died in the Emergency Department. The Funeral was held on March 31, 2002 in Forrest Hills Memory Gardens, Abingdon, Va. FF Johnson started his career in August of 1965 with the Abingdon Fire Department. FF Johnson attended a Firefighter 1 class recently so he could see what was being taught to New Firefighters. The Abingdon Fire Department has been serving the community since 1808 and had been Chartered since 1949. This is the first LODD for Department in 194 years. Please remember FF Johnson's family and the Member of the Abingdon Fire Department in your thoughts and Prayers