Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Another Spotsy volunteer charged with sexual assault
UPDATE: I have talked with Kevin Dillard, and he said he has no plans to resign from the Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department. His position on the Fire and EMS Commission will expire in July, and he has told CVFD leaders that he doesn’t want to serve on the commission after that.
Also, I’m not comfortable wading into the volunteer/career debate, but I did want to address a few concerns. First, I am very aware that there are many, many volunteers who show up at crazy hours–who have jobs and families and still manage to do something so challenging. I will be the first to say that I could not do what they do. I will also quote County Administrator Doug Barnes who told me earlier today that most of the volunteers are dedicated, good people. He said, “But it’s time for them to say: Enough is enough” and speak up.
UPDATE: First, you are right, Gina, the title was a too flip. I apologize but can assure you that I’ve not once forgotten the teenagers involved in these stories. As the mother of two teens myself, I would prefer to report on just about anything else than charges of sex with a minor. There are also a few updates below, as I’ve gotten a little bit more information.
Another Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department member has been arrested. William Byrd was a rescue lieutenant with the department. He was charged with having sex with a minor and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Both charges are felonies; Byrd received the second because he used the department’s response vehicle for the crime, said Col. Mike Timm, spokesman for the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office.
Byrd is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student of the schools’ firefighter and EMS classes. He is being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
The investigation was delayed while a detective waited for copies of Byrd’s emails from yahoo.com, Timm said.
This is the second recent arrest of a Chancellor volunteer for sexual contact with a minor. You may remember that last week, Justin Baber was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl in a response vehicle. This story details Chancellor’s rocky recent past, and explains why these arrests come at a bad time for the department.
Supervisors will take up some of the issues surrounding the county’s fire system at tonight’s Board of Supervisors meeting, 6 p.m. in the Holbert Building.
Stay tuned; there will be more to come.