PINEVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA ADVISORY: 05-03-2016
Richard Sheltra Memorial Service
-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
Pineville Volunteer fire fighter Richard Sheltra was 20 years of age and served the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter for three years. He is survived by his mother, father and sister. On Saturday, Richard’s family and the fire department will honor his life, service and sacrifice to the Department and the Pineville community.
The Memorial Service will be held at the Forest Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte on Saturday, May 7 commencing at 12:00pm. During the service; a small procession of local fire apparatus will participate.
The detailed processional route will be released in the coming days. Emergency services agencies will be permitted to stand along the processional route, but only local fire apparatus will participate in the actual procession.
Out of town agencies are encouraged to make their own housing arrangements and attendees of the service are encouraged to utilize smaller apparatus to travel to and from the church.
Forest Hills Baptist Church
7224 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
It is with deep regret that announcement is made of the death of Pineville Fire and Rescue Firefighter Richard Sheltra who lost his life in the line of duty while participating in fire suppression operations ata commercial structure fire last night. The NCFFF has been in contact with the Pineville Fire Department and will assist as needed. Arrangements will be posted as soon as they are available. Please keep the Pineville NC Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers
PINEVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA ADVISORY: 05-01-2016
Line Of Duty Death Notification
-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
It is with deep regret that announcement is made of the death of Pineville Fire Fighter Richard Sheltra who lost his life in the line of duty while participating in fire suppression operations at a commercial structure fire last night.
Saturday night at 9:03 pm, the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 8500 Pineville-Mathews Road in Pineville NC. During the course of fire suppression operations, fire fighter Sheltra was found, in distress, by other fire fighters and was immediately removed from the building. A Mecklenburg EMS (MEDIC) ambulance, already on scene, immediately provided advanced lifesaving care of fire fighter Sheltra and transported him to the Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte where he was pronounced Richard was 20 years of age and served the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department as a Volunteer Fire fighter for three years. He is survived by his mother, father and sister.
Pineville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Gerin stated, “This is a very sad day for our Department, in particular the Pineville Community, as we mourn the passing of a friend, a brother and very dedicated volunteer.”
Numerous Fire Departments from throughout Mecklenburg County, York County and Lancaster County as well as the NC State Fire Association are providing support and manpower to the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department.
A memorial service with full fire department honors is currently being planned. Arrangements will be provided as soon as they are available.
Arrangements for Retired Battalion Chief Ron Lewis are as follows:
LOCATION: St. Paul-in-the-Pines Episcopal Church
1800 St. Paul Avenue (off Ireland Drive near Village Drive), Fayetteville, NC
DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Family Visitation: 5:30 pm-6:30pm
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Ronald Lewis to the Tisch Brain Tumor Center/Angels Ron Lewis – Tumor Fighters, DUMC, P. O. Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710
Please continue to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Funeral service for James Varnell will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilbanks Christian Church, 6128 NC Hwy 42 East, Elm City. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson. The Rev. Bobby White and Rev. Dwight Batts will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson, and other times at the home.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to Wilbanks Christian Church, 6128 NC Hwy 42 East, Elm City, NC 27822 or Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department, 6505 Webb Lake Rd, Elm City, NC 27822.
Firefighter death: We have been notified of the death of Bakertown Fire Department (Wilson County) firefighter, James Varnell, age 53. Please keep his family and department in your prayers. We will post further information when it becomes available.
Family with receive friends on Friday January 15, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at First Missionary Baptist Church, 914 Martin Luther King Blvd, Siler City N.C 27344. The Funeral will be on Saturday January 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm at First Missionary Baptist Church 914 Martin Luther King Blvd. Siler City N.C. 27344 with the Rev. Barry Gray and Rev. Jerry Johnson Officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Fidelity Bank, 1426 E. 11th Street Siler City N.C. 27344 to the Woods Widow and Children Fund or to the First Missionary Baptist Church Junior Children’s Choir.
We have been notified of the death of Siler City Fire Department Firefighter Joshua Woods, age 24. We will post further information when it becomes available. Please keep the fire department and family in your prayers.
We regret to inform you that Sidney (Sid) Weiner, Firefighter, with the No. 7 Township Fire Department located in Craven County died on December 15, 2015. Sid was a very dedicated member of the department and held several positions with the department. Sid was a friend and confidant to many folks within the community and across the state. Sid served as an advisor to the Board of Directors with the Local Government Federal Credit Union.
A memorial service for Sid will be conducted with fire department honors on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2:00PM at the Cotton Funeral Home chapel located at 2201 Neuse Boulevard, New Bern, NC.