‘Another great man gone too soon’, local police chief and firefighter dies in crash


HINTON, WV (WVNS) — A former Hinton Police Chief and Beckley Firefighter has died in a car accident.

Summers County Sheriff Justin Faris said Johnny Mann was killed in a crash on Thursday, May 27. Sheriff Faris said Mann served as Police Chief for the City of Hinton during in the early 90’s until he left to pursue a full-time position at the Beckley Fire Department.

A Facebook post made by the Sheriff said Mann started as a Firefighter for the Beckley fire Department in 1995, where he worked his way up to Captain and retired in 2017.

“Johnny was a good public servant, a great father and an amazing grandfather,” Faris said. “The Summers County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Johnny. Another great man gone too soon.”

The City of Beckley Fire Department also released a statement on Facebook saying: “We are very saddened to learn of the passing of retired Captain Johnny Mann. Our most sincere condolences go out to his family. Please keep them in your prayers.”

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