Monday, June 24, 2024

Former Virginia Beach fire department volunteer killed in Fort Lauderdale shooting

A former Virginia Beach volunteer fire support technician was among the five shot and killed in a Florida airport on Friday.

Terry Andres and his wife traveled to Fort Lauderdale to go on a cruise to celebrate their birthdays. They were in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when alleged shooter, Esteban Santiago, opened fire in baggage claim, killing five and injuring eight, said Oceana Volunteer Fire Department Battalion Chief Wayne Richardson.

Andres volunteered with the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department from 2004 to 2010 as a support technician. He traveled to the scenes of fires and accidents on a support vehicle, providing rehabilitation supplies, lighting and staffing for any task required by Virginia Beach firefighters, Richardson said.

“He was a good family man, a diligent worker and very knowledgeable,” Richardson said. “(Volunteers) are required to do at least 36 hours (of work) a month. He did more.”

Richardson said the volunteer fire department found out about Andres’ death when one of his former colleagues saw his picture on the news.

“You go ‘my God, it can be anybody,'” Richardson said. “It can be anybody, any time, any place.”

 

 

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