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Updated: 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→
Jon 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.
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
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.
Funeral 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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1360 E. Green Springs Rd 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.
Thanks to Bladen County Firefighters Association who voted unanimously last night to add $2 per member to their dues to go annually to the NCFFF for support. This philanthropic endeavor will amount to around $1,000 per year of financial support. Thanks to Bladen County for all of their support of the Foundation.
Does this sound like a great way to show support? Bring it up at your next County Firefighters Association or Department meeting and make a difference also. With your help we can honor those who have given their all. Firefighting is a brotherhood that supports each other.
Update: 10/18/2013 – Travel Arrangements
Captain David Heath Arrangements
Memorial Service in New Hanover County
Saturday October 19, 2013 @ 1300
Port City Community Church
250 Vision Drive Wilmington, NC 28403
All honor guard planning on attending are to contact Captain Kevin Davis, NCFFF (910-358-1497) All apparatus planning on attending should be at the church by 1130. Contact Chief Ronnie Hayes (910-367-2388) if you have question.
After the service Captain Heath will be transported to Concord, NC via Raleigh NC.
Part 1 (Wilmington, NC to Mebane, NC)
Part 2 (Mebane, NC to Concord, NC)
Captain David Heath Arrangements
Memorial Service in Concord, NC
Sunday October 20, 2013 @ 1500
150 Warren C. Coleman
Concord, NC 28025
All Honor Guard and Apparatus attending this are to be at the church by 1330 and are to contact Shane Allred, NCFFF 336-471-2070
A New Hanover County Fire Captain died Monday from an apparent heart attack while participating in a training exercise, according to a county news release.
New Hanover County Fire Rescue Captain David Heath, 48, a ten-year veteran, collapsed shortly after 4 p.m., according to a news release.
“Despite an exhaustive effort by colleagues who immediately performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and instituted advanced life support measures, Heath died,” said county spokesman Charles Smith.
Heath was assigned to the fire department’s Professional Development Division, and worked out of Station 17.
Arrangements will be posted when available.
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Every year the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation has a booth at the NC State Fair in Raleigh. Needing volunteers to assist us at our booth at the NC State Fair October 17-27. This has served as a great way to share information about the foundation, purpose, status, as well as those wanting to support us through donations or merchandise sales. If you are able to commit time to help us out please follow the link below and signup.
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