22-Year Member of the Charleston Fire Department Passes Away

Captain James David Byrd, a 22-year veteran of the Charleston Fire Department, passed away yesterday, September 15, 2021. Most recently he had been Captain of Station 8 located on Copenhaver Drive. Captain Byrd was a member of the Urban Search and Rescue team and used his skills to save countless lives throughout his career.

“I had the opportunity to work alongside Captain Byrd during our vaccination clinics. He was truly dedicated to our city and her people,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “A City of Charleston flag is currently flying at half-staff above Station 8 in honor of Captain Byrd’s service.”

“I had the pleasure of working alongside Captain Byrd during our many years at the Charleston Fire Department together. His love of the job was easy to see, and his work ethic was unmatched,” said Charleston Fire Chief Shawn Wanner. “His brothers and sisters on the Charleston Fire Department will continue his legacy.”

At this time, no service arrangements have been made.