Longtime Vienna fire chief dies

VIENNA -Danny Goodwin, the longtime chief of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department died Monday.

Goodwin’s daughter, Amy Stoltz, said the chief passed away Monday night in Cincinnati. He was 67.

“He fought very, very hard,” Stoltz said.

Stoltz said Goodwin was in Cincinnati visiting with his family and grandkids 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.

“He was unaware of it. It was very rare,” Stoltz said.

Goodwin remained hospitalized in Cincinnati until his passing Monday night.

“It was all of the sudden,” she said.

Terry Hefner, chief of the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department and president of the Wood County Fire Fighters Association knew Goodwin for about 30 years.

“He was well-known and well-like all over the state,” Hefner said. “Just an all-around good guy. He will be greatly missed.”

Goodwin, a father of three sons and daughter, had been a firefighter since the age of 15. Stoltz said Goodwin started as a member of a junior department started by his father, Wilbert Goodwin.

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 Vienna department, along with Danny Goodwin’s younger brother assistant chief Larry Goodwin, who’s served since 1972.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said Goodwin’s passing is a huge loss.

“He was a great mentor to other fire fighters and well-respected around the state. An absolute professional.”

Arrangements for the services are pending.

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