Essential reporting in volatile times.

Not a Subscriber yet? Click here to take advantage of All access digital limited time offer $13.95 per month EZ Pay.

Interested in Donating? Click #ISupportLocal for more information on supporting local journalism.


The funeral for Charleston firefighter and medic Jason Cuffee will take place Friday at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m. The service for Cuffee will begin after visitation, according to a news release from the city.

Masks will be required to attend, and social distancing measures will be implemented at the convention center, according to the release.

A funeral procession will follow the service, which will start at the convention center, then will follow a route to Kanawha Boulevard, to Patrick Street, to 7th Avenue, to Washington Street West, to Big Tyler Road and lastly to Rocky Fork Road.

The procession will end at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, according to the release.

Any emergency service agencies who want to join the funeral procession are asked to enter at the intersection of Lee Street East and Clendenin Street starting at 9 a.m.

Street closures will be announced later in the week, according to the release.

Cuffee, 27, was a five-year member of the Charleston Fire Department. He died Monday due to an apparent medical emergency, according to the city. Cuffee was also a former football and basketball standout at Poca High School.

Reach Joe Severino at joe.severino@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4814 or follow @jj_severino on Twitter.