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City of Logan firefighter passes after battle with sudden illness

Updated: Oct 17, 2022


AM Stone | WVOW News

LOGAN The City of Logan is in mourning following the death of a veteran firefighter.

Donald Copley was a 32 year veteran on the City of Logan Fire Department and was employed with the city’s Sanitation Board. To those that knew him, Donald was a family man who loved to play the guitar.

A sudden illness that started as a pain in his neck eventually led to an infection. Despite efforts to get treatment, Copley succumbed to the illness Wednesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

City of Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti said Copley lived in Logan all his life and was always ready to jump in and offer help for whatever task was at hand. His dedication to serving his community through the city's fire squad made him a hero to many. Nolletti said the fire department was in his blood.

"His dad, Troy Copley, was a fireman here in the City of Logan for years," Nolletti said. "Donald grew up around the fire department all his life."

A family tradition as Donald’s son Jameson grew up around the department and is also a member.

Mayor Nolletti said Donald’s passing has touched everyone in the city and will be felt for years to come.

"We just have to pray. I know the good lord will be looking over us tomorrow and in the future. One of these days we'll all be together again," the Mayor said.

Services will be conducted Saturday at 2 o’clock at the Word of Life Church with Pastor and Logan Fire Department Chaplain Josh Vanhook officiating.

Burial will follow at Mount Lake Park Cemetery in Logan.

Visitation is scheduled between noon and two.

Donald was 51.



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