Condolences for Paul Robert Criswell

Jennifer Amstutz posted on 8/23/20

I worked with Paul in the Epic world and this breaks my heart to hear! A dedicated, talented worker who was always sure to get the job done with excellence. I’m so sorry for your loss. Paul’s memory will always live on.


Mark Hughes posted on 8/16/20

I met Paul while working at Farm Fresh. We became great friends, working together, and hung out all the time. I was a member of OVFD and he would tag along with me to calls. Paul was a great guy and a great friend. My condolences to his family.


The Jackson Family posted on 8/14/20

Sending love and prayers to Willie, Christie, Taylor and Riley. May your fond memories bring you peace at this difficult time. We love you all! Mark, Renee, Erica and Alec


Kathy Sargent posted on 8/14/20

Paul and I ran rescue together at station 5, he was such a sweet person. May you rest in eternal peace with our Lord.


Candy Hall posted on 8/14/20

Paul and Robin were our neighbors for about 13 years. He and I would talk shop from time to time sknce we were both in the medical field. I just saw and chatted with him not even 2 weeks ago, who knew it would be our last conversation. Our sincerest condolences to Robin and Landon.


Sharon Barish posted on 8/14/20

For those who do not get a newspaper............................... Lord, I don't know why you chose to call Paul home so, so early. Paul had to leave a loving wife, his best friend and son, Landon and his furbaby, Carmen. I pray that you would let Robin and Landon know why You have to bring Paul home so early. Paul was a good friend, looked out for everyone, You gave him a GREAT servant's heart and sense of humor. Thank you for the time I spent with Paul. To know him was to love him. Paul knew MANY people and was loved by many in return. Thank You, Lord for the gift of Paul... Please watch over Robin and Landon. I pray Landon always remembers how much his dad loved him. He spoke of Landon with such love and pride, often. Paul, fare thee well. Your shift is over. Well done thy good and faithful servant. You well earned your angel wings.


Ann and Ken Arnesen posted on 8/14/20

So sorry for your loss. Sending our condolences.


Bob Eak posted on 8/13/20

Paul and I were neighborhood friends growing up. He was destined for the FD as he would always pretend he was on Squad 51 from "Emergency". A loyal friend, we reconnected after years apart and stayed connected thru social media. I will miss his friendship. Rest in Peace Captain. ❤


Blackhawk Walters posted on 8/13/20

I had the honor of serving with Paul in the Virginia Beach Fire Department. He was a gentle giant with the soul of a sage. He was a born leader in everything he decided to challenge. The thousands of lives he touched especially on a rescue scene will never be forgotten. I know his family, his co-workers and friends will never forget our times together.


Billy Batten posted on 8/13/20

Good friend and firefighter, Rest In Peace


The Shepherd Family posted on 8/13/20

Hugs and much love to Christie, Willie, Taylor, Riley and the rest of family. We are so deeply saddened for the loss of Paul. May your many fond memories give your grieving hearts some peace. Much Love-Nancy, Frank, Abigail & Noah.


Amy Hudnall posted on 8/13/20

Rest In Peace Paul. We were just joking last week....about epic and hospitals. I know how much you loved your family and loved the old stories of being a first responder. I woke up to this sad news. Feels like a dream. prayers for your family. You will be missed by the Epic Community, and First responders!!!!! ❤️



Steve Kennedy, Oceana VFD posted on 8/13/20

I remember when you came to us (Oceana VFD) as a cadet firefighter back in the day. You made us proud by getting hired by VBFD and making Captain! Rest peacefully my Brother, you will be missed.


Robert Cave posted on 8/13/20

God Bless you Paul and May your soul rest in eternal Peace. You are missed and loved and thank you for your service! Prayers for your family for whom we pray during this difficult time.


Charlie and Kelly Fairhurst posted on 8/13/20

Paul was a great friend and a great co-worker. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to Robin and Landon, sending love and prayers.


Charlie and Kelly Fairhurst posted on 8/13/20

A great friend and coworker. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to Robin and Landon. Sending love and prayers.


Patrick Howard posted on 8/13/20

Paul and I worked on a few projects together and we always had good, spirited conversations, usually at the hotel grill! He will be missed by many who have worked with him. We are a small community of Epic consultants, and he has left a not-to-be filled hole in it! RIP Paul!


Rita Eidson posted on 8/13/20

My heart hearts for Robin, Landon and the entire family. I am so very sorry, keeping you all in my prayers. May you find peace and love in all the memories being shared. Paul was always a wealth of knowledge and jokes during our times at Rescue 4.


Ned Carlstrom posted on 8/13/20

Paul and I met the first day of kindergarten. We remained friends all throughout elementary school, junior high school and high school. We didn’t see each other much after graduation, but we kept in touch occasionally and more frequently after we found each other on Facebook. He was the kind of guy who could disagree completely with you on a subject but remain completely civil and respectful. He was one of a few friends who reached out to me after the 5/31 mass shooting. His advice and insight, along with advice from other friends in the law enforcement field, was very helpful in starting the healing process. He never hesitated to help. If you asked him for something and he could feasibly make it happen, he would do it without hesitation. That is the kind of friend I remember from all those years.


Gary Cole posted on 8/13/20

I worked with Paul he was a great man. My sympathy to the family. Will be missed by all.


Christina posted on 8/12/20

Paul was a great cowirker and friend. I had the pleasure of working with him on two different projects. Sending his family healing light and strength during this difficult time.


Kelly posted on 8/12/20

Paul and I met through working with Epic at Sentara about 8 yrs ago. For his size, some might have found him intimidating, but he always had a smile on his face and was quick to give a hello. It was always clear to me that Paul dearly loved his family and was especially proud of his son. I know he will be deeply missed. My prayers go out to his treasured family.


David and Denise Harmon posted on 8/12/20

I had the privilege of working with Paul over 30 years ago, in the grocery business. His character and upbringing, you always knew without doubt, Paul would be a great man. A Gentle Giant. May you Rest In Peace. It was an honor to have known you. Our heartfelt prayers to your family.



David (Dave) Hicks Sr posted on 8/12/20

Rest In Peace My Friend You will be missed by so many of your Fire Department Family.



David (Dave) Hicks Sr posted on 8/12/20

Rest In Peace My Friend. You will be missed by so many of your Fire Department Family.


Carolyn Morton-Brooker posted on 8/12/20

I'm still in shock over the news. I met Paul when he was at CBVFD station 4 back in the 90's. We always had fun when Rob and I were the ambulance and he was on shift. He was a great guy who will never be forgotten. Robin and Landon and I so sorry and heartbroken for your loss. May you find peace in knowing how much he was loved by all. Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here.


Mike Zarn posted on 8/12/20

Paul you better have the court baseball field painted when we meet again, Much Love brother. We had our own “Sandlot”


Mary Baechle posted on 8/12/20

Paul you will be missed do much it’s hard to believe I just talk to you last week and now your gone


Gwendolyn TibbetsSandoval posted on 8/12/20

I am so very sad that you have lost a wonderful man. I have know Paul for a number of years. We have been on numerous projects together. I could always depend on Paul to be available when we needed assistance on a project He was kind, caring and giving. Never said anything against anyone or anything. I feel extremely privileged to have had the opportunity of knowing and working with a great loving man. I know his family was his priority always and he often shared pictures and stories. Traveling to horse shoes and pictures of everyday life. Our prayers and love go to your family Paul. You will be deeply missed.


Kimberli (Brisbin) Norcross posted on 8/12/20

Paul was such a great guy in school... he even reached out to me when our hospital started using EPIC and told me to let him know if I needed help he would... hopefully all the memories everyone has will help with this sad time.... thoughts to his family and may he continue to watch over them


Mark De Intinis posted on 8/12/20

Great friend! Just a great man! My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family.


Susan Meier Casseus posted on 8/12/20

I would talk with Paul from time to time about his work with EPIC. He was such a down to earth wonderful person always wanting to help others. My sympathy to his wife and son.


Laura (Edwards) Mock posted on 8/12/20

From kindergarten on up. I am So glad our paths crossed on airplanes home a few times in recent years. Arms around your whole family and your friends too.


Michael Moore posted on 8/12/20

You are a great soul and a good friend. You will be missed...... Love you brother!!!


Patsy Lynn Garretty posted on 8/12/20

Paul was such a special person....kind and generous and a very good friend. My heart goes out to Robin and Landon and all who loved Paul. Praying for comfort for each of you.