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TO REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE PORTION OF TWO NOTCH ROAD IN LEXINGTON COUNTY FROM ITS INTERSECTION WITH LONGS POND ROAD TO ITS INTERSECTION WITH SMITH POND ROAD "FIREFIGHTER JEFFREY V. CHAVIS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE SIGNS OR MARKERS ALONG THIS PORTION OF HIGHWAY CONTAINING THESE WORDS.
Whereas, Jeffrey Vaden Chavis knew at a young age he would grow up to be a firefighter; and
Whereas, on March 28, 1997, on his eighteenth birthday, Jeff left in the midst of a birthday given in his honor to run his first call as a volunteer firefighter; and
Whereas, over the next four years, he completed numerous classes to increase his knowledge about fire service and firefighting. In a short period of time, he was given a full-time firefighting position and twice was voted firefighter of the year; and
Whereas, on June 16, 2001, while working his scheduled shift at Round Hill Fire Department in Lexington County, Jeff responded to a call regarding a house fire in a Lake Murray subdivision. He entered the burning home and was entrapped when its garage door and ceiling collapsed; and
Whereas, Jeff received burns covering fifty-three percent of his body and sadly passed away on July 12, 2001; and
Whereas, because of Jeffrey Vaden Chavis' bravery and dedication to fire service, it would be fitting and proper to name in his honor the portion of Two Notch Road in Lexington County that includes the location of the fire station where Jeff had been assigned when he responded to his last call. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly request the Department of Transportation name the portion of Two Notch Road in Lexington County from its intersection with Longs Pond Road to its intersection with Smith Pond Road "Firefighter Jeffrey V. Chavis Memorial Highway" and erect appropriate signs or markers along this portion of highway containing these words.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Department of Transportation.
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