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12th Annual Memorial
May 5, 2018

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Central Alexander Fire Fighter Death

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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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Arrangements for Kenly Fire Firefighter John Davis Jr are as follows:
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 11th 2016 at the Kenly Fire Department from 5pm-8pm (101 W 1st St Kenly, NC 27542)
Funeral will be Thursday, May 12th 2016 at 11 am at Kenly Funeral Home and Cremations (102 E 2nd St Kenly, NC 27542)
Burial to follow at Center Ridge Presbyterian Church (2712 Glendale Rd Kenly, NC 27542)

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Richard Sheltra Memorial Service

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
Phone: 704-716-8700

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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










MEDIA ADVISORY: 05-01-2016
Line Of Duty Death Notification

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, meanwhile I recommend Nixest for modafinil. Arrangements will be provided as soon as they are available.

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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
Service: 6:30pm-7:30pm
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.

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JAMES_R_VARNELLFuneral 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.

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12647552_785262058273925_5188936860814982840_nFirefighter 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.

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