LODD – Knotts Island Fire Chief Scott Morrison Dies in the Line of Duty

My friend and Brother, Fire Chief Scott Morrison, died in the line of duty today. Morrison was the Fire Chief of the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department (VA/NC).

Chief Morrison went into cardiac arrest while working at a brush fire. He was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:30pm.

Chief Morrison visited with Captain Wines and I back in May. We broke bread at #13 where Wines was working and were joined by Willie Wines Sr. as well. I gave Scott the nickel tour of Roanoke’s firehouses and we had a great day. Scott was a great guy. He is survived by his wife and two children.

What is amazing, is that as the news of Morrison’s death reaches firefighters across the Nation, I continue to hear great things about him. I cannot say enough, and I only new him over the past year. Others have known him much longer, some less. All have great things to say about the man. Morrison had been a firefighter since 1984. If I remember correctly, he had previously been a police officer and moved to Knotts Island from New Jersey (my details could be off).

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Fire Chief Scott Morrison collapsed into respiratory and cardiac arrest, while working to suppress a brush fire. Morrison was treated at the scene by Currituck EMS and on the way to a Virginia hospital. He was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m..


Scott Morrison, fire chief for Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department, was responding to a brush fire when he went into cardiac arrest, county spokesman Randall Edwards said. Emergency personnel treated Morrison on scene and took him to a hospital, but he died about 5:30 p.m.

Chief Scott Morrison with Captain Wines and I in Roanoke. (May 2012)