The longtime Chief of the Savannah Volunteer Fire Department, the late Cheif Darrell Woodard, will be recognized by the community at large this week. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a proclamation designating December 10 as Darrell Woodard Day. December 10th would have been Woodard’s birthday.
To recognize the Darrell Woodard Day of Service, and to honor his life and legacy, the entire town of Sylva and Jackson County as a whole are encouraged to serve others as Darrell so often did, to keep his acts of kindness going in the community.
Woodard passed away last year after 42 years of service as chief of the fire department. Woodard was diagnosed with COVID19 shortly after Thanksgiving 2020. His family said he first dealt with symptoms at his home before his condition worsened. Chief Woodard was airlifted to Mission Hospital where he fought the virus for over two weeks before passing away.