HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A community in mourning, and Horsepasture Deputy Fire Chief Nickie Hairston is still in shock after the loss of not only a co-worker but someone he considers a brother.
“Chief Bradshaw he had a heart of gold I met him ten years ago he used to come to my job everyday asking me to become a volunteer fire fighter/and then one day he brought me an application to my job and I filled it out and I’ve been here now 9 years,” says Hairston.
According to officials Friday afternoon Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Bradshaw and his wife Sherri Bradshaw were travelling on Route 793 in Henry County. That’s when their car was struck by a falling tree. The car then ran off the road and struck a utility pole. Both Bradshaw and his wide were killed.
After hearing the news Horsepasture Deputy Chief Nickie Hairston never thought Friday would be the last time he’d speak with his friend and colleague.
“He’s just like my big brother we talk five to six times a day. I talked to him at 3:39 p.m. Friday. The accident happened at four o’clock so you know it really tore me up it really did,” explains Hairston.
With the flag at the firehouse at half staff, and Chief Bradshaw’s work vehicle now sitting in the driveway. The community continues to feel the impact of this major loss.
“Words just can’t describe how much their going to be missed in this community because Chief Bradshaw and Sherri they were the rock of this community,” explains Hairston.
For Deputy Fire Chief Hairston, Bradshaw may be gone. But his presence will continue to be felt within in the walls of the Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department.
“This Fire Department will not be the same without Charlie Bradshaw,” says Hairston.
Now just 48 hours after the accident. the community if rallying together so that the memory of the Bradshaw’s is never forgotten.