The West Virginia State Firemen’s Association would like to express our sincere condolences to the friends, family and extended fire service family of Asst. Chief Preece of the Kermit VFD. Rest in peace Chief, we’ll take it from here.

John Holstein, President





It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kermit Fire Department, Asst. Chief Tim ” Timmy Dale” Preece, who passed away yesterday afternoon.

Asst. Chief Preece was a mentor to so many throughout the fire service here in the State and beyond. Asst. Chief Preece was highly respected by everyone in and connected to the fire service throughout the State of West Virginia and Kentucky. His service and dedication to the Kermit Fire Department and the people of the State of West Virginia will live on through the men and women he has trained and mentored throughout the years. He surely will be greatly missed.

We will notify everyone when final arrangements are made. We would appreciate everyone who can come to help us celebrate his life.

You may Contact

Captain L. Murphy for arrangments


Timothy Dale Preece age 52, of Kermit, West Virginia passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Marrowbone Creek, West Virginia. Born on February 7, 1965, in Williamson, West Virginia to the late Wilburn Thomas and Mary Virginia Castle Preece.

Tim was a graduate of Kermit High School, a former employee of Lee Sartin Trucking and a 40 year member of the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Assistant Fire Chief at the time of his death. He also was a Certified Master Diver, having participated in numerous search and rescue missions.

Visitation will be on Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Warfield Chapel of the Callaham Funeral Home in Warfield, Kentucky. Funeral services will be held at the Kermit Community Gym in Kermit, West Virginia on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1:00pm with Walter Marcum officiating. Burial will follow at the Warfield Cemetery in Warfield, Kentucky.

Anyone wanting to bring apparatus to the funeral on Sunday is more than welcome and it will be greatly appreciated.

Captain L. Murphy
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