Fairfax County Fire Department (Ret) Captain II George “(Lenny)” Sisson died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on May 20, 2020 in Fairfax, VA at the age of 63 after a heroic battle with Lung Cancer.
George is survived by his wife, Anne; children, Benjamin (Manassas, VA), Nicholas (Fairfax, VA) and Abigail (Fairfax, VA); siblings, Sharon Miller, Dennis (Susan) Sisson, Janet (Patrick) Berney, Brenda (Drew) Hoffmaster and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents George I. and Alice L. (Graff) Sisson of Rockville, MD, his brother Kenneth (Daiquiri) Sisson of Frederick, MD, his brother-in-law William (Sharon) Miller, and his nephew, Justin Berney.
George was born on February 24, 1957 in Bethesda, MD to Alice and George Sisson. He graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1975. George joined the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department on September 26, 1976 and quickly fell in love with the fire department and its brotherhood. Being there to help people through some of the worst moments in their lives became his calling. George was a life member of the RVFD and maintained close friendships with his brothers and sisters there for the rest of his life.
George was hired by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department on September 29, 1979. During his 30+ year career with Fairfax County, he worked at 8 different fire stations. In 1997 and 1998 he also held the position as Director of Fire Programs at the Fire and Rescue Training Academy.
George spent a large chunk of his career serving the citizens of Centreville, Virginia, first as the Station Commander of Fire Station 17 on Old Centreville Road from 1992 – 1997, then as the Station Commander at Fire Station 38 on O’Day Drive from 1999 until his retirement in 2010.