Fire department honors former Martinsville Captain Bernie Gray

MARTINSVILLE – Bernie Foster "Bennie" Gray, Jr. of Martinsville passed away Thursday, February 28. He was 61.

Gray worked as a contractor and was a Captain for Martinsville Fire & EMS. He began his career with the fire department as a volunteer. Bennie Gray volunteered for seven years and worked for 28 years. In 2014, he retired after 35 years of service.

Martinsville Fire & EMS draped a fire truck in black bunting Monday to remember and honor Gray. Gray was a member of McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, on many committees and played softball. He was a former member of the MHS Wresting Boosters Club for 15 years. He served on the Martinsville City School Board for 11 years, two as vice chairman.


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