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La Vergne Fire Chief passes away after complications from knee replacement surgery

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The La Vergne Fire Chief has passed away unexpectedly.

Fire Chief Rick McCormick passed away Thursday night, according to the city. He was 49.

According to La Vergne Police Chief Mike Walker, McCormick passed away from complications after having knee replacement surgery on Aug. 16.

"Too young, too soon! Please keep his Family, LFD Family, and La Vergne Family in your prayers!!!" Walker tweeted.

"We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family," La Vergne Rescue Unit Inc. said.

McCormick has been with the department for 31 years and has served as chief since 2013.

McCormick's visitation will be August 21 from 3-7 p.m. at Highland Heights Church of Christ, 785 S. Lowry Street, Smyrna. Funeral Services will be August 22nd at 10 a.m. at Highland Heights Church of Christ.

His burial with full honors will follow at Mapleview Cemetery, 411 Maple Street, Smyrna. The public and media are invited to attend.

The community is now mourning the loss of McCormick.

"Ricky was a passionate person who loved his city and his fire department. That love was equally returned by everyone in La Vergne and he is going to be deeply missed.” The McCormick family is still dealing with the loss of their son Brandon, who died in April after a motorcycle accident." - La Vergne Mayor Dennis Waldron

“Anytime we lose a fellow member of the fire service it’s a great loss. We are especially saddened by the loss of La Vergne Fire Chief Rick McCormick. In the fire service we are bound by a shared love for our community and the personnel we serve with every shift. The Nashville Fire Department will stand in full support of our fellow firefighters and the City of La Vergne at this difficult time. Whatever the La Vergne Fire Department needs, we are here to serve. God Bless Chief McCormick’s family and God Bless the La Vergne Fire Department.” - William Swann Director Chief Nashville Fire Department




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