Linda Chavis of Lexington, South Carolina, lost her firefighter son in a house fire in 2001.

"It is definitely a parent’s worst nightmare to receive a call saying your son or child has been hurt. My first thought was no, he’s a fireman. He helps people, he can’t be hurt."

Name: Linda Chavis
Date of fire: June 16, 2001
Location: Lexington, South Carolina
Injury: Linda's son Jeffrey Vaden Chavis, a 22 year old firefighter, died from injuries sustained in a house fire.


Linda Chavis' firefighter son, Jeffrey Vaden Chavis, died from injuries sustained in a house fire in 2001.  Jeff began his firefighting career as an 18-year old volunteer firefighter for the Round Hill Fire Department. On July 12, 2001, he lost his life as a result of burns he suffered in the line of duty while fighting a home fire. The Chavis Family founded the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House in 2002 to honor their son's memory.