William L Neely

On Sunday, November 15, 1936, the Statesville Fire Department answered four fire calls because of roof fires. Unfortunately, one of the blazes contributed to the death of the department’s chief. On that day, Chief William Lloyd Neely was at his home when an alarm was turned in. The fifty-two-year-old chief joined his firefighters at the dwelling of Mr. G. E. French at around 1:35 in the afternoon to fight the roof fire.   › Continue reading

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