A community bid farewell to its beloved fire chief on Sunday. A funeral procession of fire trucks and other emergency responders led the procession for fire chief Darrell Woodard, who died after a battle with COVID-19. Woodard was one of the only original members of the Savannah Volunteer Fire Department since its inception in 1978. He had been the chief for just over 40 years. Many fellow firefighters called him a brother or father figure.
Jackson County first responders are mourning the loss of a fellow officer. Savannah Volunteer Fire Chief Darrell Woodard died Tuesday night from complications caused by COVID-19. He had been battling the virus for several weeks. Woodard was 65 years old. Woodard has been one of the few people left who have been on the SVFD since its inception in 1978. He had also been it’s chief for almost 40 years. Fellow firefighters called him more like a brother or father than a fellow firefighter. Woodard becomes the second Jackson County resident to die from coronavirus complications in the past week, bringing the county’s total to 19.