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By Chief's Aide Al Schwartz
June 29, 2017

The Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department is saddened to announce the death of Life Member Roger Tex Walcker. Tex joined the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department on December 11, 1967 throughout his service he was a dedicated member holding many operational and administrative positions. Tex was a Capital Hill Police Officer and worked the midnight shift, he was always known to be at the station on a Friday night or when he would take a months vacation and we would see him even more.

The Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department lost a dedicated Lifelong member but also a great friend.

Tex you will always be remembered thank you for your service.

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Al Sines June 29, 2017 at 10:15 PM
I am very sad to hear that Tex passed. He was one of my closest friends and was my best man when I got married. I have more fond memories than you could imagine. Good memories from both the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department and our mutual careers in law enforcement. While I was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department I was assigned to number 5 precinct which covered the US Capital so Tex and I often worked together in our LE careers.

Tex was someone that I admired and looked up to in so many ways. He was a friend that I could confide in and hang out with. I never got used to being up at night like him but I often stayed up until early morning hours drinking coffee and watching TV in the lounge hoping for a call.

Rest easy my friend I love you man.

Al Sines


Paula Queen family sorry for the loss of a brother BFD June 30, 2017 at 5:38 AM
Thanks for your dedidated service to the Beltsville and surrounding communities


Earle Richard Alvey III June 30, 2017 at 3:38 PM
To my Brother Beltsville Firefighters , It was my Honor to have served with Rodger as a member of The Reva Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company 16 . His dedicated service to our community and the Citizens of Culpeper County ,Va. will never be forgotten . He always had a Smile and some "Words of Wisdom" to all he met. He was skilled as a Firefighter and was always willing to share his knowledge to our members , Along with some wonderful "Beltsville True Stories". He was so Proud to be a Member of your Department!!! He will be Missed

Earle Richard Alvey III
Past Chief (Retired}
Serving Culpeper County since 1975


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:06 PM
Teresa Ann Crisman Sad to hear about Tex. prayers to the family and you all.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:06 PM
Earl Williams I have so many stories that I'd love to share about this man and I but they aren't appropriate right now what I'd like to say about this man as he was an awesome guy this man deserves all the recognition he can get he was there to help me through good times and help me through bad times and he was also there to catch me doing stupid stuff but never gave up on me I like this man like he was a brother I'm so saddened by the news today and if you didn't know him it's a shame but if you did Man if you were lucky you will be missed my friend but we all know there's a time and a place where we hopefully will all be together again and we can make new memories thank you tex for everything you did for me on a personal level and A fire department level you were a hell of A guy RIP


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:07 PM
Todd Fletcher RIP Tex's


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:07 PM
Jamie Lynn Ishman Very very sad news !! Tex was a great man to us kids and my Dad and Mom!! So sorry to hear of his passing !! Heaven sure gained an angel! May he fly high with Dad, Rich and Chilie


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:08 PM
Diana Corbin So sorry to hear this. Rest In Peace, Tex.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:08 PM
Cherie L. Green RIP Tex, so sorry to hear this


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:09 PM
Vernon Borgwardt A great man, and a positive influence in my life as well. Rest easy brother…


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:10 PM
Jeffrey Taylor You will be missed brother, rest easy


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:10 PM
David Cope RIP tex


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:11 PM
Missy Hughes RIP Tex. You are respected & missed. My prayers go out to your family.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department June 30, 2017 at 9:12 PM
Frank Nichter Sad to hear, another one of us good guys from back in the day fading away.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 8:56 AM

Andy Bowen I was saddened to learn this morning that a friend of almost 45 years passed away last night. Roger (Tex) Walcker. When I walked into Beltsville VFD in 1973 for the first time Tex was the first person I met. From that day forward we were friends. He stood by what he believed in. Yes that means he was hardheaded. That is likely why we got along so well. He was a man of unquestionable character. He served as an operations and administrative officer throughout his years in the department. Beltsville VFD has lost a devoted lifetime member and myself and so many others have lost a dear friend. RIP Tex.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 8:57 AM
Richard Phillips Infradant RIP Brother sad to hear


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 8:59 AM

Paul Sterling Jr. Is that Del Walcker's brother?" Andy Bowen reply Tex is Del's older brother.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 8:59 AM
Tracy Cook Moore So sorry.Prayers for his family.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Mark Torre So sad Rip Tex


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:01 AM
Earl Williams Oh my God I am at a total loss for words and my eyes are filled with tears this man was the best friend a person firefighter friend anyone could ever have this man looked out for me over and over and over again not to mention the Endless time he caught me coming in intoxicated this is extremely sad to hear I will miss this guy dearly RIP Tex i'll miss you buddy


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:01 AM
Karen Shaw omg. I am so sorry to hear that.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Donna Miller Vencil Soooooo sorry for your loss.!! May Tex RIP and many prayers and warm hugs for his loved ones!!


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Barry Duff Sorry to hear, RIP Tex


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Scott Globerman So sorry to hear. He was a great guy.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:03 AM
Howard Gohr Sorry to hear that. Had a lot of fun kidding around with Tex. What a good person he was. Condolences to Del and his family


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:03 AM
Floyd Boss Aldridge Jr. Thoughts and prayers sent


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:05 AM
Charlie Bouse One of my memories of Tex was actually away from the firehouse when he was a Capitol Hill Police officer. To see him as tall as he was riding around on the Capitol on his little scooter was a sight to see.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:06 AM
Andy Bowen Remember going downtown to the bars and then go mess with Tex when he was on patrol. We would just look for the big guy on the scooter..

Andy Bowen Charlie I am remembering a time when you had your Nova we drove down town to do just that....... Beer may have been involved


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:06 AM
Michael Louis Buck He was one of the best mentors I have ever met in the fire service. He helped me a lot when I first joined 31. The last call I ran with him was in Adelphi on the truck. Someone had set fire to 3 apartment buildings. We had search and rescue and vent for the 3rd building. RIP Tex.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:08 AM
Mark Bulla I'm sorry for your loss


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:08 AM
Scott Taylor Tex was a great man! Sorry to hear about this


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:09 AM
Colleen Heuber Bowen Andy and Tex were at the Club the night Andy and I met for the first time. We all went to breakfast after the party and we stayed friends for many years. A great guy and I am saddened at the news of his passing. We love you Tex, may you rest easy My prayers to the family.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:09 AM
Lois A Pettit Chilcoate RIP Tex. What is going on with BVFD so many are passing away. This picture of Jr Danwood haven't seen a picture in years.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:10 AM
Peggy Webster Joe Emanuel Amen brother I had tremendous respect for him.I remember when he first returned from the service,I believe, we had a working fire Powdermill Village his bell went off and I definitely knew it was him going past me to get out he was a big man in many more ways than one


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:10 AM
Mark Jones Wow..this saddens me to hear. He was such good guy and a great friend to my father, he will missed greatly. RIP Tex


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:10 AM
Pam Casagranda RIP Tex. You will be missed.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:11 AM
Jim Garner Tex showed me a lot I loved the "discussions" especially when Louie was involved or when he wanted to let you know things are not right. Andy sorry for your loss of friendship but Beltsville has lost a great asset. To many losses in the month of June for the dept. Rest easy Tex


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:13 AM
Kelly Fullenlove Prayers


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:13 AM
Maryfran Crisman Sorry for your loss.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:14 AM
Scott Chaney Sorry about hearing about Tex. Beltsville Fire Department has lost a couple good members in the last couple months and God is calling a lot of good people


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Mike Love There' been many here lately Andy from our generation. Its never easy and always a shock. Sorry for yours and Beltsville's loss


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:15 AM
James Fox Sorry to hear, RIP Tex.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:16 AM
Ric Koonce Sad news RIP


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Julie Payne Arrowood Condolences


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:34 AM
Billy McNeel He was always cleaning something, Sweeping the floors or cleaning the windows on the ambulance,Doing supplies, always had something to do if you name it then he did it! and he always had old Blue beside him. RIP Tex you are one hell of a Great guy, You are and will be missed by a lot of people that Loved YOU!


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:35 AM
Chuck Jones Sorry to hear, Tex was a really good guy!!! RIP my friend!


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:35 AM
Raymond Fletcher Thank you for sharing. BIlly and I planned a trip to go and surprise him. He will be missed.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:37 AM
Tom Hayden So sorry to hear


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:38 AM
Robert Evans Jr Sad. RIP Tex.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:38 AM
Lew Raeder Sad news, condolences to his family, RIP Tex


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:40 AM
Kelly McKenzie Mulkins God bless


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:40 AM
John Pritchard Man this is hard to take......he was such a great man and fun to be around...r.i.p good friend.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:41 AM
Jamie Lynn Ishman He was a great guy!! So so sorry to hear this news and for the loss of a great friend! Thoughts are with you and all the guys of 31


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:41 AM
Michael Hughes Well said. R.I.P. Tex


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:42 AM
Myron Gibson So sorry to hear, RIP Tex.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:42 AM
Larry Mills Sorry


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 9:43 AM
Sharon Watson So sorry. RIP


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 01, 2017 at 11:10 AM
Elizabeth Fogle RIP Tex so sorry prayers to the family


Al Murray July 01, 2017 at 5:40 PM
The Passing of Roger (Tex) Walcker saddens me, causing such a flow of emotion and joyful memories. From the early years, visiting he and Del at the flour mill until my last few days in the area many years later, Tex and Del were always true friends. Tex and I were both night owls, staying up late with Pop watching Johnny Carson and talking about everything in the world. My heartfelt condolences to Del and the family. R.I.P. Tex, you are one who made a positive difference in this world.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 7:20 AM
Evie Bell So sad, great guy!


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 11:05 AM
John Hughes I saw this earlier. My condolences. He was a good man.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 11:06 AM
Alan Sines I'm very sad to hear this. Tex and I were very close back in the day. In fact, he was my best man at my wedding in 1977. Rest easy my friend.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 11:07 AM
Lee Friend Rip


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 11:07 AM
Justin Carlson RIP Brother


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 11:08 AM
Joe Mammy Now damn when he passed he was a good old friend of mine I serve together with him at the fire department will miss him


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 11:08 AM
Steve Deak Dekelbaum Good lord. We go back to 1981. I'm really sad about this. Thanks for posting. I know he's been sick for a while and we lost touch. I'm blown away


Roger Barton July 02, 2017 at 5:36 PM
Beltsville was my first duty assignment as a "Paid Man" in 1972. I got to know Tex really well. He was a great guy and we drank many a cup of coffee together in the lounge. I'm really glad that I got to see Tex as well as many of my other BVFD friends at the last "Old Timers" party. I still miss the old days at BVFD...they were the best years of my career. Rest in peace dear friend and God bless all of my BVFD friends and members.


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 8:53 PM
David Polikoff Sorry to hear this. Tex and Blue were regular fixtures at beltsville


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 8:53 PM
Evie Bell So sad, great guy!


Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department July 02, 2017 at 8:54 PM
Richard Blankenship RIP. Tex. Cat


Eugene Slaubaugh July 02, 2017 at 9:10 PM
It was an honor and a pleasure to have know and been around Tex. R.I.P.


Eugene Slaubaugh July 02, 2017 at 9:16 PM
It was an honor and a pleasure to have know and been around Tex. R.I.P.


Sonia Boushell Swartz July 03, 2017 at 2:19 AM
I am at a loss for words.
So sorry to hear of Tex's passing.
I lived in the same apartment complex for many years in Beltsville
Great memories of him.
Prayers to family and friends.


Bruce Turner July 03, 2017 at 8:46 AM
RIP, sad to lose a friend.


Denise Beckett Meyners July 03, 2017 at 8:49 AM
So sorry to hear about Tex's passing. My deepest sympathies to Del and the entire family.


Buddy Chilcoate July 04, 2017 at 8:40 AM
Tex was a great member for BVFD. His work on the "Rookie Training Program" was super. This training surpassed the county's guidelines and placed our new members above the rest. Many went on to become career firefighters and many retired at "Chief" positions. On the light side, I remember the late night trips to Ocean City for Thrashers French Fries, and the early morning drives to PA to Tex's favorite deli for breakfast. We all are blessed to have known Tex. God bless you Tex. You will always be remembered . RIP good friend. My thoughts are with Del, Chris and the family.


Wayne Benson July 05, 2017 at 5:46 PM
I can only echo everyone's comments relating to Tex, which proves all of his great qualities touched everyone he met.

I too remember walking into 31 in 1973 as a 16-year old who wanted to join the department, and being taken "under the wing" of Tex, and all of the other veteran members and officers. Tex and those members were great mentors and role models who set me on the right path for life, and a career in the fire service.

Tex, thanks for all you did for me, you more than earned your place in heaven !!!


Pam Casagranda July 06, 2017 at 2:42 PM
Tex was loved and respected, and will be missed. My sincere condolences to Del and the family.



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