Chesterfield’s deputy honored for helping his family during a fire:


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy was honored Friday for his work a few months ago helping a family affected by a fire.

On March 22, 2022, deputy Kiara Marshall said she was heading to her parents’ house after a 12-hour shift to pick up her youngest child when her sister called and said there was a fire in the neighborhood.

“My dad and I went around and kind of helped the kids and looked after them, got info on where mom wanted them to go and took them to a friend’s house,” Marshall said. . She added that although she did not know the family, she returned the next day to help a family friend obtain documents and speak with the father who was stationed overseas. “The house is lost. So… that was pretty bad. The back of the house – you can see through.

Marshall said she then spoke to co-workers and collected donations of toys and clothing to replace some of what the three children had lost in the fire.


His actions were brought to the attention of a local business, Richmond Elite Dog Trainingand non-profit Chesterfield gives back — that recognizes first responders in the community.

“He’s phenomenal. He’s just an amazing human being,” Paul Hearn, owner of Dog Training Elite Richmond, said of Marshall’s efforts.

“It’s amazing,” added Chesterfield Gives Back chairman Adam Berry. “And it’s acts like his that need to come out to people, you know. Because, I think the sheriff said earlier, acts like this happen every day in our area of ​​the community. public safety, not just here in Chesterfield County, but around the world.”



Hearn said his company just launched a new program through its national office called “Hometown Heroes.”

“We’re looking for, really, someone who goes above and beyond to, essentially, make the world a better place; to give back to their communities,” Hearn said. “We see that it’s often the first responders who have that spirit of giving, anyway, just through their career choice. But, we’re looking for someone who is really trying to do something for their community, that goes beyond what they would normally do in life.”

In a conference room at the Chesterfield County Juvenile and Domestic Courthouse on Friday, Hearn made Marshall the program’s first recipient and surprised her with a week-long stint with options to choose from. United States and several other countries. Chesterfield Gives Back provided Marshall with an air travel voucher.

CCSO Sheriff Karl Leonard said it was an emotional day to see the two-year veteran receive this recognition.

“I think it’s really amazing the outreach to our community and that’s the type of community we have here in Chesterfield – where people are ready and willing to give back to those who serve, not just a sheriff’s office, but police, fire, EMS It’s just an amazing community to live in,” said Leonard, who added that he wasn’t surprised Marshall did what she did. “Each of these examples shows that you go above and beyond what she was supposed to do. Do it with her heart because that’s who she is.”



Similar sentiments were shared by Marshall’s parents who were there for the presentation.

“She’s that type of mother, who takes care of people. Takes care of certain situations,” her father, George Coles, said.

“I’m glad the world sees how great a person is and what a big heart she has,” added her mother, Lisa.

As for Marshall, she said it was just first responders.

“If anyone needs help, you want to lend a hand. I know that,” Marshall said. “Be helpful when needed.”

Hearn while Marshall was the first recipient, they hope to do more in the future and people can make nominations by email via their website or to him directly.


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