Missing Va. firefighter found dead in NC

A close friend of Richmond Fire Department Firefighter Daniel Lewis said that he was found deceased in a Charlotte, North Carolina, hotel room

by Jessica Nolte
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

RICHMOND, Va. — A missing Richmond firefighter living in Newport News was found dead in Charlotte, N.C.

Last week, a battalion chief from the Richmond Fire Department requested Newport News police check on 30-year-old Daniel Lewis, according to a Facebook post from Newport News police. When police arrived at his home, they could not find Lewis and a missing person report was filed later that day.

The cause of death of Daniel Lewis  is under investigation. (Photo/Richmond Fire Department)
The cause of death of Daniel Lewis is under investigation. (Photo/Richmond Fire Department)

“It is with great sadness that the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services acknowledges the death of one of its members, Firefighter Daniel Lewis,” Lt. Chris Armstrong said Monday in an emailed statement.

The statement said the fire department was told Lewis’ body had been found Sunday evening.


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Posted by Richmond Firefighters Association I.A.F.F. Local 995 on Monday, August 5, 2019

Quinton Coleman said he was a close friend of Lewis’s and that the pair spent a lot of time together. He told the Daily Press that Lewis had been found in a hotel.

WAVY-TV 10 reported that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not suspect foul play. The department did not respond to a Daily Press reporter’s inquiry Monday afternoon.

The Newport News Police Department declined to release any additional information.

Lewis worked as a part-time medic at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Coleman said.

Coleman said Lewis was a great guy and loyal friend who loved his family. He said Lewis was not married and was living alone.


©2019 the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)


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