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Fairfax County, Virginia Firefighter Chris Pendergrass found dead at Station 41. 22 year veteran apparently died in his sleep.

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A Virginia firefighter was found dead at a firehouse in Fairfax County Saturday morning.

Horace C. (Chris) Pendergrass, a 49-year-old from Chesapeake Virginia, was found at Station 41 off Hampton Road around 8:30 a.m.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Captain Will Bailey says Pendergrass has been a firefighter for 22 years.

Investigation is ongoing at this time.

Chris Pendergass was also a U.S. Army veteran and is survived by his father and three adult children. He was found dead in bed this morning after shift change.

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  • Werner Ennesser

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Friends and family and to the FFX fire dept. This is a horrible lose.
    RIP to our fallen brother.

    FF Ennesser E107

  • ukfbbuff

    From Calif.
    My Condolensces to the family and co-workers of Firefighter Horace "Chris" Pendergrass

    • Glen Chesson/LG Dog

      My Condolensces goes out to the Pendergrass family/FFX community. From ECSU Alumni


    We got it from here, Brother. Rest easy!! Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • CY

    Thoughts and Prayers to The FFX Fire Dept And community   RIP My Brother

  • Loudoun Captain

    Bro we got ya!

  • Former 41 Crew

    Rest in peace brother.  I will be thinking of your family in my prayers.

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  • Dickey

    Very sad. My thoughts and prayers go to the family and the FD.

  • Sandi

    As a mother of a fire fighter, my heart goes out to him and his family. As well as his "fire house family". May God bless him and everyone involved. Rest in peace Chris.

  • Mike Hafey

    Rest in peace brother….my thoughts and prayers with his family and our brothers/sisters of fairfax county fire

  • 41 Alumni

    Rest in peace, "Teddy".  You were a good brother.

  • Chuck

    Thanks to all who have posted here, and thanks to my good friend Dave for helping to spread the word of this sad event.  "Teddy," as he was affectionately known by those closest to him, was indeed a gentle giant with a heart of gold. He was a quiet guy but always ready with a sharp wit and a big smile, as you can see in his photo.  I had the good fortune to have worked alongside Teddy as a firefighter, to have gone into battle with him as a Lieutenant, and ultimately to have served him as his shift Deputy Chief.  He was humble, but brave and strong as an ox.  He was the guy you definitely wanted with you when you knew things could be dicey.  Firefighter Horace C. Pendergrass honorably served the citizens and visitors of Fairfax County, Virginia for 20+ years, and his actions were always consistent with the highest traditions of the fire service.  On October 22, 2011, we all lost a big piece of what makes us so good.  Thanks again for the expressions of condolence and support.  I will make sure that Dave has the info on memorial services as they become available.
    Chuck Ryan, Deputy Fire Chief, Operations Bureau, B-Shift, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Dept.

  • District of Columbia Fire Department

    From ALL of Us in the DCFD, we send our heart felt condolences to the Pendergrass Family & The FFX County FD Family.
    RIP Brother!

  • Tara Borsellino

    Christopher Pendergrass you are truly loved and will be greatly missed. The warmth of your smile and your genuine character will reamin in all of our hearts. May God bless your soul and rest in peace my forever friend. Loving you always.