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Phil Perry/Coal Valley News The Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department/EMS agency is mourning the loss of Paramedic Randy Lee James Acord , who died on May 25, 2020 as the result of a motorcycle acccident.

WHITESVILLE – The Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department/EMS agency lost one of its own on May 25.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Randy Lee James Acord died as the result of a motorcycle accident between Danese and Meadow Bridge on Route 31.

Acord, 34 of Beckley served his country through multiple military tours in Iraq as a U.S. Army Combat Medic and then pursued a career as an EMS provider across West Virginia, including in Whitesville where he was currently working full-time as a paramedic.

Acord received a Bronze Star for his military service.

Whitesville Fire Chief Matt Lively spoke about the service that Acord provided the community and what made him special as a person.

“He spent his entire adult life in public service whether it was EMS or through his service in the military,” Lively said. “He had a very calming bedside manner and provided top-quality patient care to our citizens. He was a lot of fun to be around and was dependable.”

Lively added, “We’re a small agency in a small community and we’re up here by ourselves and we are close knit, we will honor him by continuing to provide the care and service that he did. That helps us heal collectively as much as anything.”

As of Tuesday evening, information regarding the services for Acord have not yet been released to the public.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.