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Virginia Beach firefighters mourn sudden death of 30-year department veteran

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 18:23:21-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.  — The Virginia Beach Fire Department is mourning the sudden loss of one of its longtime members.

Captain Sean Land suddenly died Wednesday morning, the department announced. He began his career with VBFD in January 1990 and celebrated 30 years of service this year. He was assigned to Engine Company 17/B Shift in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach.

"The Land family and the VBFD are interwoven in so many ways and we will mourn together in the coming weeks," the department wrote on Facebook. "We will also celebrate and remember Sean's passion for serving his community and his immeasurable contributions to the fire department and the City of Virginia Beach."

The department says Fire Chief David Hutcheson reminded everyone that, "This will be a tough time for Sean's family, his crew, and the entire department. It is a significant loss for each of us personally and professionally. I know we will pull together as a family and support each other over the coming weeks.