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Farewell to Louisa’s chief

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

Fire Chief Franklin “Perk” Perkins was laid to rest on Aug. 15.

Fire Chief Franklin “Perk” Perkins was laid to rest on Aug. 15.

An outpouring of community members paid their last respects on Friday, Aug. 15, to a man who was an icon in Louisa County and a mentor and friend to many.

Robert Franklin “Perk” Perkins Jr., 89, died on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and was laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery after a memorial service at the Louisa Volunteer Fire Station.

Perkins had battled lung cancer since May of 2013. He was a firefighter for 74 years and served as chief for 38 of those years. During his service he was instrumental in the growth of emergency medical services. He also received numerous prestigious awards for his selfless service to his community.

This past Louisa Fireman’s Parade was the first in 73 years Perkins was not able to attend. Instead, the firemen brought the parade to him showing their respect to a man who had mentored so many of them as they progressed in the fire department.

Below are two stories from men who gained their fire fighting knowledge and true friendship from Chief Perk.

Ryan Sampson

“I’m not sure of the exact dates or time, however, I remember the day like yesterday as it was probably one of the most memorable fires in my career as a firefighter,” Ryan Sampson,  volunteer firefighter and communications officer with Louisa County, said.

To read the entire story, see the Aug. 21 edition of The Central Virginian.