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South Boston welcomes new firefighter to the fold

SoVaNow.com / October 12, 2017
South Boston Council was introduced to the town’s newest firefighter Tuesday night at the monthly council meeting, held a day later than usual due to the Columbus Day holiday. Nick Rouse, the new hire, becomes the 10th full-time paid member of the South Boston Fire Department.

Phillips thanked Council for making room in the budget for the new employee, a decision that came after Council was advised of a declining number of fire volunteers. “Years ago we had 40 volunteers with a waiting list, but now we have less than 20,” Phillips said.

Rouse, who has volunteered with the Midway Volunteer Fire Department for several years, started his fire and EMS career with the Laurel Grove Department when he was 16 years old as a resident of the Elmo community.

“We were very fortunate to find Nick who is a certified EMT,” said Phillips.

Rouse has completed Firefighter I and II certifications from the Virginia Department of Health. He also received his associate’s degree in firefighting from Southside Virginia Community College.

“He’s been very aggressive in pursuing his firefighting career,” Phillips said of the 24-year-old.

In other business Tuesday night, Council presented a memorial resolution to the two sons of the late Morris Bryant, a former Councilman, educator and respected community leader.

The resolution stated, “the South Boston Town Council expresses sadness at the loss of Morris Lee Bryant and wishes to recognize his contribution and service to the citizens of South Boston.

A second memorial resolution was presented to Betty Greer Caldwell, daughter of the late J.W. Greer. The resolution noted that Greer “was a strong, forward-thinking leader and a knowledgeable attorney… who had a profound effect on the countless citizens he represented in this community, especially the elderly and disabled.”

Town Manager Tom Raab updated Council on potential prospects for the John Randolph Hotel renovation project.

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