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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Seven Corners firefighters honored

Left to right: Thomas Biller, Seven Corners Capt. Ray Griffin, Jack Biller, and Tony Biller.
The Seven Corners Fire Station hosted a ceremony April 2 to dedicate a new fire engine to former long-time firefighters Jack Biller and Capt. Thomas Wealand.

Thomas Wealand and Capt. Ray Griffin.
Biller started as a volunteer firefighter at the Annandale firehouse, then worked for many years as a career firefighter at the Annandale and Seven Corner stations. His son, Tony, a retired Fairfax County firefighter, and grandson, Thomas, who also works for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, were at the ceremony.
The Hillwood motel is long gone, but the sign lives on inside the Seven Corners Fire Station.
Wealand’s grandson worked at the Bailey’s Crossroads Fire Station for 10 years and is now on the technical rescue team.

So what will happen to the old fire engine? It will be based at the Fire Department headquarters and used as a replacement vehicle when other engines are being repaired, said Capt. Ray Griffin of the Seven Corners station.
The staff at the Seven Corners firehouse are all county employees.

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