Video: Local Firefighter Honored for Service
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — A local first responder is being honored for his decades of work as a firefighter.
Vic Accurso, Sr. has lived a life of service.
“Every community that he has moved to for the last 54 years he’s served in their fire service,” said Chief Jim Aslinger, Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Accurso spent most of his life as a firefighter, serving in New York, Florida, and Tennessee.
Now he’s being recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his time giving back to several communities.
The Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Hearth Hospice office of Chattanooga, and the Tri-State Mutual Aid Association presented him with the award, Sunday.
“I’m glad they’re honoring Vic today. He’s well deserving,” said John Carlson, a retired Dallas Bay volunteer firefighter.
Accurso worked for the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department from 2005 to 2007. Since then, he’s been with Sale Creek.
“At this time due to his failing health, he is unable to respond,” Aslinger said. “Now if he were able to, he would still be there with us.”
Aslinger says Accurso’s cancer is a direct result from responding to the September 11 terrorist attack.
“Vic immediately packed his gear and equipment, went back to his alma mater, his original fire department, and served alongside his brothers there at the Trade Center side, so that’s very important to acknowledge that,” said Dewey Woody, Tri-State Mutual Aid Association.
Accurso’s fellow firefighters say they admire both his knowledge and passion as a first responder.
“He didn’t have to do it. He didn’t have to get into it at all,” Carlson said. “It’s a brotherhood. A lot of people don’t understand that.”