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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Longtime area firefighter buried in Va.

By Caitlin Gibson

A funeral service for former District of Columbia Fire Department Battalion Fire Chief Alan W. Dutton, 55, was held Tuesday at Sterling United Methodist Church in Sterling.

Dutton, who died on Dec. 7 of cancer, became a junior firefighter with the Sterling Park Volunteer Fire Department in 1969. He moved to the District's fire department in 1977, according to authorities.

Dutton. (Courtesy Photo)

After moving from Sterling to Aldie, Va. in 1979, he became a member of the Aldie Volunteer Fire Department until 1994, when he returned to Sterling. He retired from the District's department in November 2009.

"Al was a mentor to many members of the of the Metropolitan Washington fire and rescue family," Commissioner Douglas G. Rambo, Chairman of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Commission, wrote in an e-mail. "Volunteer and career providers and leaders within our system will always remember Al as their instructor, their compatriot, and their friend."

By Caitlin Gibson  | December 14, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Loudoun, The District  
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Good man ... good family.

Posted by: mitlen | December 15, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

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