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12th Annual Memorial
May 5, 2018

Attention all survivor families: We will have our annual survivor dinners on March 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the following locations:

Date: March 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Sponsor: Hugo FD
Caterer: Kings BBQ
Location: Sharon United Methodist Church, 4061 Sharon Church Rd, Kinston, NC. 28502

Sponsor: Guil-Rand FD
Caterer: Guil- Rand Ladies Auxiliary
Location: Guil-Rand Fire Department, 10506 S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263

Sponsor: Bethlehem FD
Caterer: Tommy Steris
Location: Bethlehem FD, 7373 NC Hwy 127, Taylorsville, NC 28681

If are a family member who has experienced a line of duty death, please plan on attending whichever location is better for you! Please email Kathy.weatherspoon@gmail.com and let us know if you plan on attending, number attending, and which location you will attend.

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Tickets just $10 

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The North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation is looking for help to staff their booth at the 150th NC State Fair in October. This is a huge exposure event for the NCFFF and with lots of volunteer assistance, it is a great opportunity to share the mission of the Foundation, educate the public about Line Of Duty Deaths, and inform firefighters of the resources available to departments suffering a LODD. It is also the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation, which in turn directly helps support the families of North Carolina’s Fallen Heros!

The NCFFF is using Signup.com to coordinate staffing. If you can give just a few hours helping at the booth, it would really make a difference. The dates are from October 12 – 22, 2017. Follow this link to sign up for your spot:

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/557005179213282085
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note:  SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Kathy Weatherspoon
Executive Secretary, NCFFF

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Firefighter Pennel was also a  dispatcher for the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office but was working part time at Central Alexander Fire Station.  He and another firefighter were cleaning an apparatus when he collapsed, resuscitation efforts were immediately administered but he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  
Services for Eric “Bubba: Pennell of the Central Alexander Fire Department in Taylorsville, Alexander County will be on Saturday, April 22.  Service Details are as follows:
Visitation from 1 pm- 3:45 pm 
Services at 4 pm
Millersville Baptist Church
130 Millersville Church Road
Taylorsville, NC 28681

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This years goal is 150 motorcycles….will you be 1 to help us achieve this goal?




Last year’s goal was a break 100 motorcycles in the processional, and with your help we did it with 116!!!! This year’s goal is 150, are you going to help us this year by being 1 of the 150?…

For those of you not familiar with this ride, each year North Carolina recognizes the loss of Firefighters in downtown Raleigh at the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial. This is done to commemorate these heroes and their families, we have organized this ride here in the area to show support in numbers to the families who will be standing watching as the parade of pipes and drum bands, fire trucks, and honor guards come through the parade route. The NCFFF Red Helmet Ride starts out at Holly Springs Fire Dept. (700 Flint Point Lane, Holly Springs NC 27540) and rides in formation to the parade route to finish out the parade. I can tell you first hand by witnessing this same function on the National level at Emmitburg, MD the location of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the National Fallen Firefighters Red Helmet Ride, what this means to the families and especially to the children of our fallen heroes. After the ride, there is a commemoration ceremony held there at the memorial and a helmet is placed in remembrance of this year’s inductees.

In the words of a brother, “It would be nice if YOU would put one Saturday aside and come help us support these families of fallen brothers and sisters who gave it all. I Challenge you to show up and show your support. Even though firefighters don’t normally use guns in their line of work, it is very important to have the right type of gun safety. Follow link to http://www.protectandlock.com to read some gun safe reviews

Same as last year for those of you that are coming from out of town and would like to travel on
Friday to be here for the ride early Saturday morning we have reserved rooms at a local Hotel in Apex. That information is as follows:

 Woodspring Suites (same hotel as last year just a different name) at 901 Lufkin Road, Apex North Carolina 27539; you will need to call Charlene and/or Christopher at 919-387-4636 to reserve your rooms at the discounted rates. Again there are only 20 rooms currently reserved at this rate so go ahead and reserve yours today!!!

This year’s schedule of events will be as follows:

May 5th, Candle Light Vigil – 2017 NCFFF Candle Light Vigil will be held at the memorial for the families of the fallen. We have in years past had several bikes to attend and would like to see MORE this year. If you come in town on Friday, or live local, help us out and attend this event as well. We will meet at the hotel listed above around 6 and/or will be arriving at the memorial site around 6:30. After the candle light vigil, we will have a place to meet, greet and eat, close by the hotel.

May 6th, NCFFF Red Helmet Ride – At the starting location, Holly Springs Station 1, Chief Smith of the HSFD has agreed to feed breakfast to all participates there at the station prior to the ride, breakfast will begin at 0700 as well as ride formation, a ride briefing at 0830, formation at 0845, and KSU (Kick Stands Up) promptly at 0900.

For further ride info and/or questions contact Paul Tidwell at 919-418-4530

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Please spread the word to all prior year survivor families:

Dear Fire Service Survivor families,
We hope that you are doing well and that 2017 will be a year of new opportunities, friendships, prosperity, health, and continued healing.
Part of our mission as the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation is to ensure that our NC Fallen Firefighters and their families are not forgotten. It is important that we are supporting you and your family as you make your journey after losing your own Hero. We have heard your requests for the connection with the Fire Service family and, more importantly, with those who have made that same journey.
It is in that spirit of caring for each other that we are happy to invite you and your family for our first annual Fire Service Survivor Dinners. We hope that you will come and join other Survivor families in a time of fun, fellowship and remembrance.
We have scheduled 2 dinners to accommodate schedules and to limit travel time as much as possible. You may choose which of the dinners works best for you.

Saturday, February 18th from 5:00-7:00PM
Middlesex Fire Department
12535 West Hanes Avenue
Middlesex, NC 27557


Saturday, February 25th from 5:00-7:00PM
Mountain View Fire Department
3571 NC Highway 127 South
Hickory, NC 28602

We hope that you will join us and look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Guyer-Martin at (336) 427- 3849 or via e-mail at Kathy.Guyer-Martin@hanes.com. Please RSVP to Kathy Weatherspoon at (919) 697-5350 or via e-mail at Kathy.Weatherspoon@gmail.com no later than Tuesday, February 13, 2017.

Best Regards,
The Board of Directors
NC Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Visitation Friday night 6-8pm
425 W Pennsylvania Ave, Southern Pines, NC
Funeral Services
New Home Baptist Church
Saturday 11am
1000 Lobelia Rd, Vass, NC
Due to the limited parking at the Church, Whispering Pines Fire Department is requesting small vehicles only and to carpool if possible.

Funeral Services

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We have been notified of a firefighter death, Lt. Donald (Reid) Key, II, of Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Department. Please keep family and department in your prayers. We will post further information as it becomes available.


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Lennie Jackson Terry

July 18, 1952 – December 11, 2016
Born in Person County, NC
Resided in Roxboro, NC

Lennie Jackson Terry, 64, of 337 Tatum Road died Sunday, December 11, 2016. He was born in Person County to the late Charlie and Alma Rogers Terry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Terry and Lambert Terry; and one sister, Nancy Gravitte. Mr. Terry worked for Dill Air Controls for 38 years. He was a founding member of Triple Springs Volunteer Fire Department and was currently serving as Assistant Chief. Lennie was known for loving his community, friends, and most importantly his family. He would give you the shirt off his back with a smile.

Surviving are his wife, Tanya Terry, of the home; four children, Jason Terry (Amanda), Nicole Holder, Chasity Terry (Scott Neathery), and Savanah Terry, all of Roxboro; one brother, Zeb Terry (Becky), of Cedar Bluff, MS; four sisters, Libby Odell, Linda Davis (Roy), Martha Long, all of Hurdle Mills, and Ann Dickerson, of Richmond, VA; four grandchildren, AubreyAnn Carr, Lori Harris, Gabriel Neathery, and Avaree Terry; and his mother-in-law, Barbara Humphries.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 PM Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Olive Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Norman Talley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 10:30 AM-12:00 PM prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be the members of Triple Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Triple Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Olive Branch Road, Roxboro, NC 27574.

December 14, 2016
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
7588 Dirgie Mine Road
Roxboro, NC 27574
December 14, 2016
12:00 PM
Church Service
7588 Dirgie Mine Road
Roxboro, NC 27574


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North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation
P O Box 68, Bahama, NC 27503
(919) 697-5350