A beloved member of the Weirton community was remembered yesterday night.

Brian Ritchie, a 13-year-member of the Weirton Fire Department, passed away earlier this week due to COVID-19.

More than 100 members of the Weirton community gathered.

He’s been a Weirton firefighter for 13 years, and a Hooverson Heights Volunteer firefighter for 29. But that’s not all. He’s also a Gulf War veteran.

He spent his life serving others and mentoring young firefighters.

Ritchie is being remembered for his character.

“He’s a larger than life character. You always heard that word, and you think… people kinda throw that around like nothing, but he’s that kind of guy… somebody you never forget meeting.”

JIM BRUECK, LIEUTENANT OF WEIRTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

Brian has left behind his girlfriend of 7 years and his 17-year-old son.

Those close to Brian say his son wants to be a firefighter, just like his father was.