WINCHESTER, VA — A Deputy Chief with the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department who also served with the 167th Airlift Wing Air National Guard out of Martinsburg as an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighter (ARFF during a long career has died in the line of duty.

The Frederick County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department announced Deputy Chief Chester T. Lauck passed away Sunday morning at Winchester Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.

“Chief Lauck suffered a cardiac event at his home very early Saturday morning several hours after engaging in firefighting operations on a wildland fire on Back Creek Road in Gore, Virginia. Given the circumstances surrounding his death, his passing is being considered a Line-Of-Duty Death with all associated honors and recognitions.”

“Chief Lauck selflessly served the greater Frederick County community for decades in a variety of roles and his passing is a tremendous loss to his family, friends, our Fire and Rescue Family, and the greater community.”

The announcement said Lauck had most recently been responsible for the Emergency Management Division.
Chief Lauck completed his Advanced Professional Development Series certifications through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has been endorsed for his Virginia Professional Emergency Manager certification.
Chief Lauck was a life member of Round Hill Community Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company where he served as the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Chief for 14 years and held other leadership roles throughout his membership time there. He also served as a Patrolman for the Virginia Department of Forestry since 1984 and assisted on numerous wildland incidents and events, according to the announcement.

Lauck had retired from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Fire and Rescue Department as a Battalion Chief responsible for the Special Operations Division. He served in various positions as Firefighter/Medic, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief over a 22-year period from 1985 to 2007. He worked for Winchester Fire and Rescue Department prior to going to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).

Lauck also served in the military for the 167th Airlift Wing Air National Guard as an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighter (ARFF).