Washington’s loss, Winchester’s gain

For 25 years, Rappahannock County has been blessed by the presence of a modest gentleman whose service embodies the very essence of the volunteer spirit. That man is Preston Angell. Preston has been a welcome presence for the Washington Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in many capacities: firefighter, first responder and ambulance driver among them.

As a Life Member of WVF&R, Preston has served as secretary and has contributed to countless fire department functions over many years, lending a hand wherever and whenever he saw the need. Preston has handled the task of scheduling and coordinating public reservations of the fire hall and he personally updates the road sign on Warren Avenue that alerts the public to fire department events.

Preston has also been a much valued friend to the Washington Ladies Auxiliary which runs the Fire House Treasures Thrift Shop. He volunteered his labor to single-handedly build their desperately needed storage shed. For six years, three days per week in the early morning hours, Preston arrived to turn on the propane heaters or the small air conditioners in the two sheds occupied by the thrift before the new building was completed. Every work day, he also faithfully put out the thrift shop’s sign and flag and brought them in at the close of business. The permanent thrift shop sign on Warren Avenue is yet another example of Preston’s handiwork.

You have probably also seen Preston if you frequent the Rappahannock County Library. For more than 20 years, Preston has served as the Wednesday evening volunteer. His kindness, grace, (and sweet tooth) have endeared him to the library staff, and he will be deeply missed.

It is Preston’s quiet civic activism, his willingness to contribute in innumerable ways wherever he sees a need that makes him such a precious asset to Rappahannock County. Now, anticipating a genuine retirement, Preston has begun the process of relocating to Winchester. Thankfully, he has promised to come back and visit us often. We wish him the very best in his new home. Winchester is gaining a man we all admire, a volunteer, friend, neighbor and exemplary citizen.

Ann L. Spieker, chief
Washington Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

Mary V. Collins, president
Washington Ladies Auxiliary

David Shaffer, director
Rappahannock County Library

 

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