Longtime Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton has died, county officials said late Sunday night.
Details of his death weren’t immediately available.
“Surry County Government is very saddened to learn of the passing of Emergency Services Director John Shelton,” read the statement issued Sunday night from Nathan Walls, assistant to the county manager. “Mr. Shelton served Surry County over 40 years, rising from paramedic all the way to rank of department director. He was known as a chief expert in the field of Emergency Services across the state and country, and led a well-respected department, known for quick response times and excellent service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”