Lieutenant Joseph C. “Pete” Butt, 72, Chesapeake Fire Department (Retired) answered his final call on November 19th surrounded by his loving family after an extended illness. A native of Norfolk County, Virginia he was the son of Joe Frank and Katherine (McCoy) Butt.
Pete gave many years to the City of Chesapeake as a firefighter, retiring as a Lieutenant. He would serve many more years after his retirement from the Engine Companies as a civilian administrative consultant to the Fire Chief’s Staff. He leaves behind hundreds of brother and sister firefighters.
The family will meet with friends at Chesapeake Fire Station #5, 451 Hanbury Road, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322 on Friday, November 22nd. from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
The family requests that donations in Pete’s memory be made to the Chesapeake Fire Department’s many charitable causes in lieu of flowers.
“When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of duty. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”
Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY,
February of 1908