CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Atlantic Beach has lost a long-standing and dedicated civil servant. Fire/EMS Chief Adam Snyder died Monday following a weekend snow skiing accident. He was 47 years old.
Town Manager David Walker confirmed Chief Snyder’s death in a phone interview Monday with the News-Times. According to a press release from the town, Chief Snyder died at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va., where he was being treated for critical injuries.
“It’s a real tragedy for all who knew and admired Adam Snyder,” Mr. Walker said. “I always admired his courage, loyalty, sense of duty, commitment to professionalism and love of God, family and country. He was one of the finest department heads I’ve known in my 40 years in local government.”
Chief Snyder served in the Atlantic Beach Fire Department for 20 years, including the last 15 years as chief. He was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served as a rescue swimmer.
According to the town's release, during Chief Snyder’s tenure, the town Fire/EMS department achieved levels of certification and received awards “that were nearly unprecedented for a small-town department.
“These accomplishments earned Chief Snyder’s department one of the highest fire department ratings in the country,” town officials said. “His remarkable work in Atlantic Beach and with local firefighting academies led him to become one of the most respected fire chiefs in North Carolina and beyond.”
Mayor Trace Cooper said in the release that a lot of lives have been saved by Chief Snyder, as well as by the fire/EMS department under his watch.
“I’ve never met anyone like him,” the mayor said. “Simply put, he was a hero.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Munden Funeral Home of Morehead City. Town officials said they wish to thank the members of the Charlottesville Fire Department for their kindness shown in reaching out to the Snyders.
“We would also like to extend thanks to Chief Jamie Fulk and the Morehead City Fire Dept., the Carteret County Fire Marshal’s Office and all surrounding municipal and county fire fighting and EMS agencies for their continued support to the ABFD (Atlantic Beach Fire Department) during this difficult time,” town officials said.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — According to town officials, Fire/EMS Chief Adam Snyder has been critically injured Saturday in a snow skiing accident while on a weekend trip with family members at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia.
Chief Snyder was immediately transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va., where he remains in critical condition.
Chief Snyder, 47, is a 20-year member of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department and has served as chief the past 15 years.
He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, where he served as a rescue swimmer.
During his firefighting career, he has become renowned in eastern North Carolina by his numerous personal first responder involvements and life-saving actions.
“The Town of Atlantic Beach desires to thank the members of the Charlottesville Va. Fire Dept. for their kindness shown in reaching out to the Snyder family, and to Chief Jamie Fulk and the Morehead City Fire Dept., the Carteret County Fire Marshalls Office, and all surrounding county Fire Fighting/EMS agencies for their continuing backup support to the ABFD,” officials said in a recent release.