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Thousands gather to remember Va. firefighter killed in explosion

Approximately 3,000 people gathered to remember Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown

By Bill Carey

STERLING, Va. — Thousands came to Loudoun County to pay their respects to Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown, who was killed in an explosion on Feb. 16.

On March 4, approximately 3,000 people filled Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, including first responders from nearly 50 agencies, WJLA reported.

Brown’s father, Fire Chief David Short and Governor Glenn Youngkin shared remarks at the service.

“All our love is with you Trevor,” his father, Thomas Brown, said. “You’ll be missed immensely and never forgotten. Your legacy lives on through three amazing children.”

Fire Chief David Short said Brown was a family man and he worked alongside him even as chief when the fire department was short-staffed.

“Trevor and I answered many alarms together,” Short said. “Trevor was not just one of my members, Trevor was one of my friends.”

Over two weeks later, the lot where a home once stood is a site of debris piles and a constant reminder to the community of what happened.

The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s Fire Marshal’s Office announced a preliminary cause of the deadly home explosion. Officials say the investigation is still ongoing.