FCFRD News Blog: #MeetFCFRD: Captain Sean Evans

FCFRD News Blog press release:

August 31, 2021

Captain Sean Evans is currently assigned to Fire Station 18, Jefferson, A-Shift. The born and raised resident of Fairfax County served as a firefighter in the department for over 27 years.

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Growing up, Captain Evans did not envision a career in the fire service. He had no family member who served in the fire and rescue services. While attending Lake Braddock High School in Burke, several of Captain Evans’ friends were junior members of the Burke Volunteer Fire Department. They encourage him to join them – which he finally did. From there was born a passion for firefighters and the desire to one day make a career out of it.

Captain Evans was hired by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Service in January 1994. He was a member of recruit class 85. His first posting outside of recruit school was Station 18, which at the time housed the Virginia Task Force 1 (VA-TF1). Captain Evans quickly obtained Technical Rescue Team certification and joined the team. His first promotion was Technician in 98 and took him to the station where it all started – Fire Station 14, Burke. Captain Evans rose through the ranks to his current position, which he obtained in 2010.

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, Technician Evans had just left work and was home with his nine-month-old daughter while his wife was at work. He was watching TV as the horror of the day began to unfold. VA-TF1 was activated so a close family member came to take care of his daughter.

The team arrived at the Pentagon between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. that afternoon and worked through the night. VA-TF1, with other teams, was on site for seven days and worked nights. One thing Captain Evans remembers vividly is the patriotism felt throughout that day. He is also proud to have had the opportunity to help on such a critical day for our country and to make a difference – especially in helping end the families of those who perished.

Throughout his career, Captain Evans has always maintained himself in fairly good shape. While training in March 2021, he felt tingling in his fingers. Deep in his head he knew something was wrong and immediately made an appointment with the doctor. One appointment resulted in another and within weeks Captain Evans learned he had 98% blockage of the left anterior descending artery. A complete blockage results in a heart attack commonly referred to as the “widowmaker”.

If Captain Evans had ignored the signs and his intuition, he probably would have died within six months. His advice to fellow firefighters is to take care of your health and trust yourself!

Captain Evans and his wife are now empty nests as their son and daughter attend college.

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