David Graham

Abingdon Fire Co. remembers late chief Espey at annual banquet

During their annual awards banquet Saturday, members of the Abingdon Fire Company took time out to honor the memory of a longtime former chief who died last year.

In addition to remembering the late Lewis Espey, who had 58 years of service as a fireman, a memorial candle was lit to also remember his wife, Francis, and George Sills, Albert Kilduff and George Morgan, who also died in the past year.

A special Couple Award was also established in the Espeys memory and was presented for the first time to Joe and Ruth Tolliver by Bob Ellis and Shiryl Eller, the Espeys' children.

In addition to serving as Abingdon's chief and also in every line officer capacity during his...