Hundred mourns death of fire chief

Photo provided Hundred VFD Chief Bert Anderson died Sept. 8. He was 43.

HUNDRED, W.Va. — The Hundred community and surrounding areas are in mourning after the passing of Hundred Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bert Anderson.

Hundred Mayor Charles Goff said Anderson passed away at his home on Saturday afternoon. He was 43.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his new wife of one month, Sharon, also a member of the Hundred VFD,” Goff said.

“He’ll go out with highest honors, full fireman funeral, many expected to pay their condolences as he was well known in the fire world,” he said.

Goff said Anderson began his service at 16.

“This has been his whole life,” he said, adding Anderson was an active member of Hundred VFD for more than 26 years and earned the rank of Chief.

Goff said Anderson was also a member of Grant Town Fire Department and was employed for a long time with Marion County Rescue Squad. He also had worked for Metz Ambulance Service and Wetzel County EMS.

Goff said Anderson touched many people’s hearts.

Several surrounding fire departments have offered condolences via social media to Hundred VFD and Anderson’s loved ones.

Wileyville VFD noted, “We wish to send our deepest sympathy to the Hundred VFD in the loss of Chief Bert Anderson. If there is anything you need, we are always here. Bert will be missed by all.”

“The crews at AE-78 would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief Bert Anderson from Hundred VFD. Rest In Peace Chief. You will be missed,” noted Air Evac Lifeteam 78 – Wetzel County.

Cameron VFD noted, “We have had the privilege of responding to calls along with Hundred under the command of Chief Anderson for some time, and he was always a class act. We hope those close to him will find strength in the times to come.”

Winfield District VFD stated, “On behalf of WDVFD we send out our deepest condolences to the Hundred Volunteer Fire Department of the loss of their Chief Bert Anderson. We will take it from here Bert!! Prayers!”

Newton VFD stated, “We have just learned of the passing of Chief Bert Anderson of the Hundred Volunteer Fire Department in Wetzel County. Last year a few of our members met Chief Anderson after a major flood devastated the area and we were able to collect supplies for them and their citizens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fire department and the family.”

“We at Sistersville Fire-Rescue extend our condolences to the members of Hundred Volunteer Fire Department on the passing of Chief Anderson,” stated Sistersville VFD.

Cassville VFD said, “Please send prayers to Hundred Volunteer Fire Department as they lost their chief today to a non-line of death duty. Cassville worked with Hundred VFD on a few calls, and Bert was always a great firefighter and friend to our department.”

Other fire departments that have reached out include Smoot Area VFD, Stonewood VFD, Brookhaven VFD, and Richwood Fire Department.

Arrangements for Anderson include visitation on Thursday from 1-9 p.m. at Hundred VFD. Funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. Services and funeral will be held at Hundred VFD, and burial will be at Anderson Bethel Cemetery in Littleton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hundred Volunteer Fire Department, 130 Pennsylvania Ave. Hundred, WV 26575.