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Bells Across America

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Bells Will Ring at John Knox Presbyterian Church on October 9, 2016 for the 6th Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters
National remembrance honors those who died in the line of duty

John Knox Presbyterian Church cordially invites your department and family members to participate with us during our regular worship service on October 9, 2016 at 10:30 am as we have a time of remembrance for those firefighters lost in North Carolina and across the country. If your department has had an LODD and would like for us to honor and remember them please email his or her name and we will include them in the service.

For the fifth year, the entire country is invited to come together as one community to honor the memory of those firefighters who died in the line of duty and reassure their loved ones that their firefighter will not be forgotten by participating in the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters.

John Knox Presbyterian Church (for the fourth year) will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and other organizations from coast to coast in this poignant tribute as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend held in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Our moment of remembrance will occur on October 9, 2016, at 10:30 AM, 610 Charles Rd, Shelby, NC.

“The ringing of bells has a powerful meaning to firefighters. Not only do bells signal the beginning or end of a call, they also were used to notify department members that one of their own had died while serving the community,” explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “At the beginning of the Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4th, the bells at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel in Emmitsburg will ring to honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2015.

Hundreds of fire departments, places of worship and other groups participated in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters over the past five years. Please join us as we remember and honor our firefighters on October 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

We at John Knox appreciate your service to the community and look forward to your participation.

Pastor Deborah Lesenger


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volEach year the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters has held a booth at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.  It is used as for community  awareness, firemen contact and distribute NCFFF merchandise.    Volunteer help is a blessing to help supplement manning the booth.  We need Your Help!  Please consider  volunteering some of your time.  It’s easy, all you do it log in with your email address and select from the open slots a timeframe that you can help.

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A huge thanks to Scott Safety – Fire for their support and donation of proceeds from the Choice of the Brave 5K Walk-Run held on July 30.   The Cooperate team for Scott will be matching the donation!


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Choice of the Brave 5K

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Thin Red Line


SEVERN, NC – Severn Fire Chief Kevin Britt, 54, suffered a medical emergency after working a motor vehicle collision on Friday night into Saturday morning.

Arrangements will be posted when available.


A fire chief with the Severn Volunteer Fire Department died Saturday after assisting with a car crash.

According to Dennis Woodard, Admin Chief for the department, Fire Chief Kevin Britt, 54, suffered a medical emergency at his home around midnight shortly after responding to an emergency call involving a car that had crashed into a light pole.

Britt was a firefighter with the Severn Volunteer Fire Department more than 30 years. His son, Joshua Britt, also serves the department.


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LINCOLN COUNTY, NC – We regret to inform you that on Thursday, June 16, 2016, Firefighter Joshua Warren died while on duty at Alexis Fire Department. At approximately 11:00 am firefighter Warren was exercising at East Lincoln Middle School when he experienced a medical emergency. Emergency responders responded to the scene and upon their arrival life saving measures were initiated on Firefighter Warren. He was transported to CHS-Lincoln Medical Center via Lincoln County EMS for further treatment. After a short time in the emergency department Firefighter Warren succumb to his injury.

Joshua Warren was 34 years old and an active Member of East Lincoln Fire Department since 2013. In addition, he worked part-time as a firefighter for both the Alexis Fire Department and Lucia-Riverbend Fire Department. Firefighter Warren was a pivotal part of the departments in which he served.

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Captain Long Processional

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Friday June 10, 2016

All North Carolina Fire Departments are invited to participate in the procession as City of Newton and Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Rescue Captain, Bradley Long, is moved from Bennett Funeral Home in Conover to Mountain View Baptist Church, Maiden, NC. The details are as follows:
1100 hours:
All vehicles to arrive at 610 Conover Blvd West (HWY 70), Conover, NC 28613. All apparatus will be placed in a line at the designated staging area by on-site law enforcement.

Once all vehicles are placed in the procession line and the line begins moving please follow the actions of the vehicle in front of you. There is a planned stop on the route to allow Captain Long to ride through his station at the City of Newton Fire Department Station 2. It is important for all vehicles to follow the vehicle in front of them and the directions of Law Enforcement.

The receiving does not begin until 16:00, once Capt. Long arrives at Mountain View Baptist Church, only Sherrills Ford Terrell and Newton FD apparatus will stop at the church, all other apparatus are dismissed from the procession at that time.


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Information Release – Emergency Services & Media Outlets
Catawba County, NC – On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire-Rescue and Newton Fire Department Captain Bradley Long’s body will be escorted back to Bennett Funeral Home in Conover, NC from Wake Forest – Baptist Medical Center. All agencies and media outlets please remember that the parameters of this plan are based upon Captain Long’s family wishes. The details of this processional plan are as follows:
Staging area for agencies traveling to Winston-Salem to retrieve Captain Long’s body will be at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover, NC at 8:00am. The address of this church is 1409 N. NC Highway 16, Conover, NC  28613
  • Apparatus and vehicles pull out and go to Winston-Salem at 8:30am
  • Apparatus and vehicles arriving in Winston-Salem will stage at the BB&T Ballpark located at 951 Ball Park Way, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.
  •  The procession will begin back to Conover and the order of vehicles will be:
    • North Carolina State Highway Patrol Unit
    • Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputy
    • Catawba County EMS unit
    • Newton Fire Department Unit
    • Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire-Rescue
    • Long Family Members
    • Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Departments and apparatus that wish to show their respects during this processional are asked to set up on bridges over the processional route. If any apparatus wishes to join in the processional for a short distance may do so by falling in behind the last Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle.
  • Communications for this processional will be conducted on NC VIPER Events Channel Foxtrot-2
This is a closed processional effort that is reserved for marked emergency vehicles only. Media may set up in either staging area or along the processional route only. The route of the procession will be I-40 West to Exit 132 in Conover. The procession will end at the Tri-City Baptist Church.
The coordinator for this event will be:
Henry Helton, Chief
Newton-Conover Rescue Squad
Ph. (828) 312-6177

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A firefighter was killed Monday during a search for a man who went missing on Lake Norman over the weekend. Two other divers were also injured.

Officials have not said exactly what happened during the search, but confirmed that 28-year-old firefighter Bradley Long, who went into the water earlier Monday searching for a missing 29-year-old man, was killed.

Long, who worked at the Newton Fire Department, was a volunteer with Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue. He was working with Sherrills Ford during the search.

Rescue crews have been searching the lake since Sunday afternoon. Officials said the missing swimmer jumped off a boat Sunday with two other people. The boat wasn’t anchored and started to float away. The three tried to swim and catch up with the boat, but the missing man wasn’t able to make it back to the boat.

After suspending the search around 9:30 Sunday evening due to darkness, crews started searching again 8:30 Monday morning.

The names of the divers injured and their conditions have not been released, but officials said they are also from Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue. Officials said they were responsive when they were taken to the hospital.

The search for the missing man was suspended once Long went missing in the water. Officials confirmed the body of the missing man was recovered along with Long.


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2016 Memorial Service Video

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