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Style · February 5, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: 38 years of Marshall fire service

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Marshall Fire Chief Eddie Payne has special expertise in swift-water rescues and hazardous materials response.
It gives you a good feeling knowing you made a difference in someone else’s life, knowing you are providing a service to the community. I enjoy getting to know the members we have and the other companies in our county and the surrounding counties, to work towards the same accomplishments.
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A native of the village, he has served with the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department for 38 years.

Starting as a volunteer in 1976, Eddie Payne remembers receiving his first issued pair of boots and fire suit.

Today, the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department has a small group of active volunteer members who aid residents from Orlean to Linden and from Marshall to Warren County along Interstate 66 — one of the largest “first due” service areas among Fauquier’s 11 volunteer fire and rescue companies.

“I enjoy running calls and helping people. It’s a good feeling working closely with the same people and serving the community,” said Mr. Payne, who has served as the fire chief for 15 years.

• Age

• Home
Marshall. I have lived here all my life.

• Work
Chief of the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. Has owned Eddie Payne Trucking Inc. since 1980, hauling sand, gravel, topsoil and mulch. He also serves as chairman of the special operations division of Fauquier County, dealing with swift water rescue operations and hazardous materials response.

• Why do you do the job?
It gives you a good feeling knowing you made a difference in someone else’s life, knowing you are providing a service to the community. I enjoy getting to know the members we have and the other companies in our county and the surrounding counties, to work towards the same accomplishments.

• Family
Fiancée, Brenda Eggleston, and a son, Collin Shults, 23, a lieutenant in the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department.

• Education
Graduated from Fauquier High School in 1976.

• Civic involvement
I don’t really have any time between running my own business and working at the fire station.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
All my life. I was born in Warrenton.

• Why do you live here?
I enjoy the area. I think Fauquier is a beautiful county and I have grown to know so many people and made so many friends in this area.

• How do you describe this county?
I like the layout. You have the hills and the countryside up north and the more flat land down south. There are just enough people to make it comfortable. I like the countryside, not the city. I never really thought about going someplace else.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
I like controlled development. I don’t want to see it become another Manassas, but I want enough development to see it help people with their taxes. If it ever became like Manassas, I would have to leave.

• What do you do for fun?
I like to go to the mountains. We have a time-share at Massanutten. I like football. I’m a die hard NASCAR fan. I like to go to the NASCAR races in Richmond, Daytona and Charlotte. I am also a beach bum. Everyone tells me in my next life, I will be a fish. I love Myrtle Beach.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Marshall, Outback (Steakhouse) and Carousel.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I think there will be more growth, but hope it’s controlled. I like the country life environment.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Big Bang Theory”

• Favorite movie?
“Smokey and the Bandit”

• Favorite book?
I like to read anything that pertains to NASCAR.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Myrtle Beach and Daytona Beach

• Favorite food?
Prime rib from Outback.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
Be honest and trustworthy with people. If you make a mistake, own up to it and learn from it. I learned that from my parents.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad. Next month, he will be 93 years old and he still lives by himself. He taught me from a young age to be respectful and to treat others the way you want to be treated.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Finish paying off the house I’m building now and buy a deluxe RV and travel in it to every NASCAR race I could.

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Visiting10165MD · February 6, 2014 at 11:28 am
Love Fauquier - maybe want to live in Fauquier and do
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