PARKERSBURG - The late Virgil Flinn posthumously received the Spirit of Wood County Award from the Wood County Commission on Monday.
Flinn, 81, of Washington, W.Va., died on Sept. 21.
Honored for his "achievements, accomplishments and community spirit," the award will be presented by Commissioner Wayne Dunn at a board meeting of the Wood County Airport Authority where Flinn was a longtime member.
Also a longtime volunteer firefighter, Flinn was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and worked for Piedmont Airlines and U.S. Airlines at the Wood County and Yeager airports for more than 37 years. He was a member of the Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department since 1963 and was fire chief there for 19 years.
Flinn also served on the Wood County Emergency Services Board of Directors and was active in the planning of the air shows at the airport. He was a member of the Wood County Solid Waste Authority board, the Wood County Fire Investigation Team and American Legion Post 15.
Flinn's son, Tim, was appointed by the county commission in late September to replace Virgil on the airport board.
Tim Flinn is a captain on the Parkersburg Fire Department and worked for Crown Airlines from 1984 through 1992. He has a commercial pilot's license, flying for several corporations out of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.