A Raleigh County man who made it to the top of the ladder for firefighters is starting the next phase of his life. Retirement.
Sterling Lewis, Jr. retired at the West Virginia State Fire Marshal on Tuesday, April 30. Lewis had lead the State Fire Marshal's office for the past 13 years. He oversaw the fire investigations across the state, including one close to his home in Raleigh County that captured national attention. That was the explosion at the BP Station in Ghent back in 2007, which killed several firefighters.
The State Fire Marshal's office tweeted their final farewell to Lewis on Thursday, May 2. As of May 1, the Acting State Fire Marshal is Anthony Carrico. He served under Sterling Lewis as his Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal. Carrico will lead the Fire Marshal's Office while the West Virginia State Fire Commission looks for a replacement.