Annual Memorial

Heroism & Sacrifice

Dedicated May 6, 2006 Located in the center of historic Nash Square, Raleigh NC, the total Memorial is 50 feet diameter. The central sculpture “Heroism & Sacrifice” is comprised of four life-size bronze firefighters in a realistic action collapsed building fatal fire scene, uniquely the first time such has been created in a large prestigious memorial. One firefighter is dying, having been crushed by a fallen I-beam; a comrade is holding the fallen firefighter’s head and calling for help.... read more

GlendaleUpdated: 2-7-2014 – 9:42pm

A volunteer firefighter from Ashe County died after taking part in a department training exercise.  Donnie Miller died within 24-hours of a”department sanctioned training session.”  We will posts updated info as it becomes available.

By Dustin Dixon via Facebook
Our FD lost a legend. Growing up I always wanted to be a fireman. And I still remember that red bicycle with a jump rope tied around the bar I used as my pretend fire hose. I had a hand held scanner on the handle bars and a red flashing light on the front. The whistle would sound and I would watch my uncle Charles run out to the truck and come flying down the road headed off to some fire somewhere.  I remember one time I heard the whistle trip and I realized the house across the street had a chimney fire. A fireman pulled up in the truck and got out grabbed a ladder and with no fear went straight up on the roof. He fought hard and he seemed so brave. He wouldn’t stop he just kept going. By the time he came down the ladder he was covered in soot and solid black. Of course this was the coolest thing I had ever seen. I saw him years later directing traffic for an accident involving power-lines. I walked up and asked him questions about how to join the FD. He surprisingly encouraged me to come to the next meeting and said they needed some young bloods they were getting to old for this mess. I asked him why he had a rock in his hand and he said it was for the back glass of the first car that passed through his traffic stop. You gotta love Donnie he was a straight shooter and didn’t take no BS. He was your toughest critic. And a hard man to live up too cause his shadow was so big. All of us knew back in his day he was a force to be reckoned with and one heck of a firefighter. He was one of the original smoke eaters back before they had SCBA. Tuff as a pine knot. I learned alot about fire from Donnie and I still use his advice to this day! We’re gonna miss you Bro. Im sorry but i’ll laugh more than I will cry cause I always thought you were hilarious. And i’ll forever tell the stories about what all I saw you do or say. You were definitely a legend in your own time. Rest easy Brother, until we meet again. Read More→

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Thomas_Gerald_LeeWe have been notified of the death of Retired Chief, Thomas Gerald Lee of Four Oaks and Blackman’s Crossroad Fire Departments.

Mr. Lee was a Fireman for 35 years, he served as Chief for 6 years at the Four Oaks Fire Department and as Asst. Chief at Blackmans Crossroads Fire Department.

Arrangements are as follows:
Visitation will be from 5-9 on Wednesday night at Beulah Hill Christian Church with the funeral following on Thursday at 11:00 Beulah Hill Christian Church, 1701 Keen Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524.

There will be a processional from the church to downtown Four Oaks and then back to the church cemetary were he will be buried.

We will post more information when it becomes available.

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The Sampson County Fire Association Honor Guard is sponsoring a Southern Gospel singing featuring Ed O’Neal and The Dixie Melody Boys, ViewMasters, The Master’s Call and others on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Sampson County Exposition Center, 414 Warsaw Rd, Clinton, NC. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Honor Guard and the NCFFF. This Association has sponsored this event for several years and is a huge supporter of the NCFFF. If you are in the area, please go and support them.

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 Notification of Firefighter Death

Visitation on December 28, 2013 at Youngsville Fire Department Station 1, 803 Wheaton Ave. Youngsville, NC 27596 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

Funeral immediately following visitation on December 28, 2013 at Youngsville BaptistChurch, 315 E. Main St. Youngsville, NC 27596 at 3 pm

On the evening of Thursday December 12th, 2013, Assistant Chief Jeffery “Jeff” Lee Fields responded to a motor vehicle accident. The next morning Assistant Chief Fields experienced a medical emergency and was transported to WakeMedicalCenter. He remained in the hospital for a week and a half and then was released to come home by medical staff. Assistant Chief Fields passed away at his home on the morning of December 25, 2013. Assistant Chief Fields served with the Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department for thirty years.

Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department
803 Wheaton AveYoungsville, NC27596
Contact Person: Darrell Chalk (919)332-8414

Special Notification: Any fire apparatus attending the visitation and funeral is requested to stage on Wheaton by way of Park Ave (US-1 Alternate) to Franklin Park Drive.

Contact Person: Darrell Chalk (919)332-8414

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Association, 2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 250, Raleigh, NC 27607 or to the Youngsville Baptist Church, Window Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 297, Youngsville, NC 27596.


Youngsville Baptist Church
315 E. Main St. Youngsville, NC 27596

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Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department
803 Wheaton AveYoungsville, NC27596

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Recieved notice of the death of Jeffery Fields, Assistant Chief of the Youngsville Fire Department in Franklin County on Christmas Day. Additional details and information will be posted when available. Please keep the family and the Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers. Been a rough Holiday season for the NC Fire Service.

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Fire apparatus attending the visitation on Sunday, December 22 should park at the Greenwood Forest Baptist parking lot, 110 SE Maynard Road. Access the parking lot using the Kilmayne Drive entrance; a staging officer will be onsite to facilitate parking beginning at 3 p.m.

Fire apparatus attending the funeral on Monday, December 23 should report to the Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary and enter the parking lot using the western entrance on Tryon Road; a staging officer will be onsite to facilitate parking beginning at noon.

Following the funeral, a private procession will leave from the Colonial Baptist Church to the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh for a final farewell.

With questions, please contact Cary Fire Department Captain Paul Hudson at (919) 524-6353 or

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scfd-carySchondelmayerJon Schondelmayer died yesterday while on duty with the Swift Creek Fire Department. Jon was a Captain with the Cary Fire Department and a Firefighter with the Swift Creek Fire Department. Jon was a dedicated member of both fire departments. The Cary Fire Department and Swift Creek Fire Departments are working jointly on the services for Jon. The service plan info is below.

From United States Fire Administration:

On the morning of December 18, 2013, Firefighter Schondelmayer was working with Swift Creek Fire Department as a firefighter when he begin to feel ill. He communicated to his crew at approximately 1130hrs that he was going to go home to get some medicine and return to the station. His crew became concerned when he left and called him on his cell phone to check to see how he was doing. At the same time, a Swift Creek firefighter was sent to his residence. While on the telephone, Schondelmayer communicated that he did not feel well and needed assistance. When the other Swift Creek firefighter arrived at the residence, he found Firefighter Schondelmayer unresponsive.

Schondelmayer’s fellow responder began rendering medical aid and contacted his company at Swift Creek for assistance. Emergency responders worked for 50 minutes to try to revive Firefighter Schondelmayer but he passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined and reported. Firefighter Schondelmayer was also a Fire Captain with the Cary Fire Department, North Carolina, and had just come off of a busy shift with Cary that included several emergency response runs before beginning duty that day with the Swift Creek Rural Fire Department.

Arrangements for Captain Schondelmayer


Family Visitation and Viewing:

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 5-7 P.M.
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home located at 200 Southeast Maynard Road Cary, NC 27511

Funeral Service:

Monday, December 23, 2013, 2 P.M.
Colonial Baptist Church located at 6051 Tryon Road Cary, NC 27511

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Swift Creek and Cary Fire Departments in the sudden passing of Captain Jon Schondelmayer.

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Thin Red LineFuneral services for firefighter David Brophy of Parkton Fire & Rescue will be as followed:

Family will receive visitors on Sunday December 22, 2013 from 6-9pm at the Parkton NC National Guard Armory located at 439 N. Washington St Parkton NC

Funeral Service will be held on Monday December 23, 2013 at 2pm at the Parkton NC National Guard Armory 439 N. Washington St Parkton NC. Funeral procession to follow after the memorial service to 1360 E. Green Springs Rd Parkton NC where a short Committal Service will be held.

Stations wishing to put apparatus in the funeral procession should contact Chief Rodney Drake 910-858-3077 or 910-2581731, Lt. Richard Edge 910-489-4818. Apparatus should be at the Parkton NC Armory by 1pm

Any Honor Guards wishing to attend the services should contact Shane Allred, NCFFF at 336-471-2070 or Kevin Davis, NCFFF at 910-358-1497


Parkton NC National Guard Armory 439 N. Washington St Parkton NC

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Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the Parkton Fire Department in Robeson County after the sudden loss of one of their firefighters, David Brophy. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible.

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