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Notification of Firefighter Fatality

Lt. David Tatum

Lt. David Tatum, White Oak Fire Department, Bladen County, passed away around 1 today. Capt. Tatum responded to a vehicle fire yesterday and felt sick while at the fire. He left and went home and collapsed later. He was transported to one Medical Center and then transferred to another where he was put on life support. He passed away today.

Visitation will be Friday November 9th at Bladen-Gaskin Funeral Home located at 3131 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown, NC from 1800-2000.  Funeral will be November 10th located at

White Oak Baptist Church located at 9724 North Carolina 53, White Oak, NC all Department apparatus attending should be at the at the Church by Noon. Burial will follow at the Grimes Tatum Cemetery in Dublin, N.C.  Tatum is survived by his wife, Regina; his children David Tatum Jr., Chris Tatum, Lisa Mahoney, Michelle Brown and Thomas Layton; and 15 grandchildren.  Mr. Tatum was a Lieutenant not a Captain as originally reported.

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Visitation  Friday November 9th 6pm-8pm

Bladen-Gaskin Funeral Home
3131 Martin Luther King Drive, Elizabethtown, NC

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Funeral November 10th
White Oak Baptist Church
9724 North Carolina 53, White Oak, NC

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Updated 2012-11-07 7:54pm


  1. Trevor Feight says:

    He will all ways be missed, I looked up to him greatly and I am so glad i got to spend time with him Sunday before he died I will miss you forever Mr David.

  2. Pamela Greene says:

    My condolences to your family. I know your loss, my firefighter son , (Chad E Greene, Union Cross Fire Dept) died 3 years ago last week. We will always miss them. They are our Heros!!!
    God be with You…

  3. Lisa Mahoney says:

    He was one of the greatest men I know. A very loving, compassionate, kind hearted and devoted person who loved everyone he met. My step-father by marriage, but my Dad by heart for 20 years. I love you and miss you so much. Tyler said he wants to be just like you when he grows up, that’s why he made the “My Hero” plaque for his firefighter pawpaw. Good took you home to soon from us, but we know that you are in good hands now with the Lord.

  4. Chris Tatum says:

    David M. Tatum Sr. was my father. There is not a day that goes by that I do not miss him. He was a hero to all but to me he was more. We may not have seen eye to eye sometimes, but what father/son does. There were times when I wondered why he did the things he did or why he said no but what son doesn’t ?
    I wish i could turn back the hands of time so that I couls spend more of those quality moments with him. I felt the best when I knew that I made him proud, to see the look in his eyes when I won a track race in high school or to here the joy in his voice when I told him I was engaged, that made me feel complete. All I ever wanted to do was to make him proud. I can only wish that I would have graduated college the first go around so that he could’ve been there instead I will graduate in March and I know in my heart is where he will be. I am so thankful that he got to stand beside me when I got married and dance with my wife. I have been married for a year now and know he is watching over me and my family as only he could. My father was the toughest man I know. He had the heart of a lion and the strength of a bull, I mean I seen a horse kick him in the stomach and he just stand there like I had kicked him or when he lifted a 900lb motorcycle off it’s side because he thought it fell on me. Most of all I looked up to him, more importantly admired him. But I didn’t know how much I admired him until I saw how many people were affected by his passing, the amount of people who appreciated him. He would go the extra mile to help someone at all cost, even on that fatal day, he was helping someone. No matter what it cost him he would answer the call. It took me a while but I finally understand. You will be more than missed big guy and you know this all to well looking down here. You filled all our hearts with Joy and I am truly sorry for any pain or worry I ever caused you growing up. I ache everyday to here you ringtone and then your voice and I am going to miss the “Happy Birthday” song you always called at 6 in the morning to sing to me no matter how old I got but I know all I have to do is close my eyes and you are right there. I love you Dad and I will see you again my friend. God gained one heck of an angel when he called you home and you will forever live in me. I Love You signed your baby boy William Christopher Tatum.

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