Ex-Victoria fire chief Richard Couch dies

Former Victoria fire chief Richard Couch has died.

The City of Victoria announced Couch’s death on social media, saying: “We are greatly saddened by the passing today of retired Victoria fire chief Richard Couch.”

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The cause of death was not given.

Couch was with the Victoria Fire Department for 30 years. He started in May 1976 and retired in May 2006.

He was promoted to fire chief in 2003.

Couch was known as a gracious and cordial leader, athlete, friend and devoted family man, said the statement from the city.

He was a member of the Victoria firefighter’s team in the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer, a tribute to his successor and friend, retired Victoria fire chief Doug Angrove. Angrove died in May 2017, about five months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Funeral and recognition service details will be announced in the near future. 

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