Funeral for Vienna fire chief Saturday

VIENNA – Funeral services for Vienna Fire Chief Daniel Paul Goodwin, 67, of Vienna will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Wayside United Methodist Church gymnasium, 3001 Grand Central Ave.

Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Orlando Cemetery near Weston, W.Va. Visitation will be Friday at Wayside United Methodist Church gymnasium from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Scholl is serving as acting chief while city officials determine who to appoint to replace Goodwin.

Goodwin died Monday in Cincinnati from complications related to a chronic lung disease.

The city’s fire chief is a paid position that oversees the volunteer fire department, Rapp said.

“It is a strange situation with the city,” Rapp said.

Rapp said there is no timetable set to name a new chief. The fire department will make a recommendation and it will go to city council for consideration.

Rapp said it was too soon to speculate when the new chief will be named.

“I don’t think anyone is willing to discuss that right now because of the situation,” he said. “Now is not the time to worry about it. We will sort that out in a little while.”

Rapp anticipates fire departments from all over the state to pay respects to Goodwin. Rapp said whatever plans are made will involve Vienna.

“I am sure we will be part of whatever (the family does),” he said. “It will be a very, very big tribute to him.”

Goodwin had been the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s fire chief since 1990. He was a past president of the W.Va. State Firemen’s Association, as well as a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

He was a certified fire/explosion investigator, and past president of the VVFD. He worked for the railroad and retired as a CSX employee. He was a former chapter president of the Brotherhood of Railroad and Airline Clerks.

Goodwin’s daughter, Amy Stoltz, said the chief was in Cincinnati visiting with his family and grandchildren for Christmas when he became ill and short of breath. Family members took Goodwin to the hospital immediately where doctors discovered he was suffering from a chronic lung disease. Goodwin remained hospitalized in Cincinnati until his passing Monday night.

Goodwin was a member of the Vienna VFD since 1971 and served as chief for more than 20 years. He also served two tours in Vietnam.

Goodwin’s son Lee also serves on the fire department, along with Danny Goodwin’s younger brother, assistant chief Larry Goodwin, who’s served since 1972.

Memorial donations may be sent to The Child Foundation, 1129 Robinhood Lane, Norman, Okla., 73072. Condolences may be sent to the Goodwin family at www.lamberttatman.com.

City officials will remain involved with the services held for the former chief, Rapp said.