Obituary: Michael Gordon Brown, Retired Virginia Beach Fire Chief

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  • Published: 07/30/2020 12:00 AM

Michael Gordon Brown (July 10, 1957-July 27, 2020) was preceded in death by his parents Margaret Ann and J. Gordon Brown. Mike graduated from Blacksburg High school (1975) where he played football and was a stage manager. He became a dispatcher with the Blacksburg Police Department before he went to the fire training school in Virginia Beach. He had a wonderful long career as a firefighter and became a Battalion One fire chief in Virginia Beach. Mike was an author, worldwide training specialist, and instructor in rope and confined space rescue. He was the alpha team leader for FEMA in charge of search and rescue at the Oklahoma City bombing, overnight lead on search and rescue at the World Trade Center September 11, 2001 and rescue worker at Hurricane Katrina. Instead of flowers the family asks that you please consider contributing to a fire training academy scholarship fund that is being established in Michael‘s name.


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