“Firefighter Robert H. Millick, after 50 years of service, rest easy Roscoe, we will take it from here.”
Nearly 80 firefighters, EMS, and police officers from across the Ohio Valley came out Friday to pay their respects to beloved Belvedere volunteer firefighter Robert “Roscoe” Millick. Hopedale, Unionport, Brilliant, and Wintersville, just to name a few, all brought engines out to add to the procession in Wintersville to the Fort Steuben Burial Estates. Millick, a Navy veteran, was 79 years old, and a mentor to young firefighters all over Jefferson County.
“He’s more than just a member. He raised generation of people both in the community of Belvedere and in the fire and EMS service. We have guys here today that have gone on to serve as career firefighters at other fire departments that came back to pay their respects to him,” said Belvedere Capt. Robert Gaffney standing alongside Lt. John A. Humpe.
On Tuesday, the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department posted this about Millick on their Facebook page:
It is with profound sorrow that the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department announces the death of Robert H.Millick. “Roscoe” as he was affectionately known passed away Monday evening at Lifeline hospital following a sudden illness. Roscoe was an icon in the department and a member for over 50 years having held every office from Trustee to Chief over the years, most recently serving as treasurer and continuing to run Emergency calls right up until being hospitalized. In addition to his dedication and devotion to the Fire Department Roscoe had retired following over 40 years of service in the US Navy, and was the current Wayne Township Constable and Wayne Township Fire Prevention officer. Offices which he had held for the last 40 and 35 years respectively. Words cannot begin to convey the void Roscoes passing will leave in our organization and community, he was a mentor and role model to generations of firefighters, EMT’s, and Police officers. Please keep his family and those touched by his passing in your thoughts and prayers.
“Our station will never be the same, from this day forward we build on the foundation you have laid for us”