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Sunday November 19, 2017

Firefighter Death Notification – Northampton County

SEVERN, NC – Severn Fire Chief Kevin Britt, 54, suffered a medical emergency after working a motor vehicle collision on Friday night into Saturday morning.

Details are limited.

Arrangements are as follows:

Graveside services, with honors, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 at Severn Cemetery in Severn, with the Rev. Jim Cox officiating.

Massey Funeral Home in Jackson is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Kenly Fire Department – Firefighter Death Notification

KENLY, NC (Johnston) – Kenly Firefighter John Morris Davis, Jr., died Saturday evening after responding to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Princeton-Kenly Road, Kenly, North Carolina.

Davis, 45, served as a volunteer Firefighter for Kenly Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Dwaina Davis, and his three children, Courtney Davis, Autumn Davis, and Hanna Holland; as well as, his father, John Davis, Sr., and half-brother, James Daniel Grice.

Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 5-8 pm at the Kenly Fire Department, 101 W 1st St, Kenly, NC 27542

The Funeral will be Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11am at Kenly Funeral and Cremations, 103 E 2nd St, Kenly, NC 27542 and burial will follow at Center Ridge Presbyterian Church, 2712 Glendale Rd Kenly, NC 27542.

Pineville Firefighter Dies at Commercial Building Fire

PINEVILLE, NC (Mecklenburg) – A firefighter with the Pineville Fire Department died in the line of duty on Saturday night, April 30, 2016.

The firefighter was battling a blaze at a commercial strip shopping center. Pineville and Carolina fire departments were initially dispatched just after 9 p.m. As conditions deteriorated and Maydays were called, the Charlotte Fire Department responded multiple resources to assist.

One Charlotte firefighter was also injured and hospitalized.

Arrangements for Pineville Firefighter Richard Sheltra.

For maps, photos and additional details, see this article.

Firefighter Death Notification – Bakertown Fire Department

WILSON COUNTY – Firefighter James R. Varnell, 53, died on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Varnell was attending training at the firehouse, and while preparing to depart began to feel ill. Medical personnel were called, and Varnell was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Arrangements are pending.

Bereavement Uniform Program


‘Taking Care of Those Who took Care of Us’ ™

After fifteen years, the Lighthouse Uniform Company’s  Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform Program has dropped the LODD requirement and is making a dress uniform for burial purposes available to any family wanting one.  The new program is called the Bereavement Uniform.

It is a collaborative effort between the Fire Service and the Lighthouse Uniform Company.  It calls for departments and firefighters to check their ‘closets’ for dress uniforms ‘surplused’ or no longer fitting and to send them in to the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse cleans, refurbishes, reconfigures to rank and makes them available to any family requesting one for burial purposes, at ‘no cost’ to the family.  The only charge is for freight which will be billed to the affiliated department.

The Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP) does not live on the Lighthouse website and a dedicated BUP webpage has been built to insure easy, timely access for all and from all indications, the long term viability of the program is directly related to staying in a department’s ‘line of sight’.

To that end, please link the program to your department website. 

When you do, the members of your department, active and retired, and their families will have easy, timely access, anonymity if so desired, and your linking will help keep the Bereavement Uniform Program at the top of Internet searches.

The html code to use; <p><a href=””>lighthouse-fire-dept-class-a-bereavement-uniform-program</a></p>. 

The link on your dept. website will read; lighthouse-fire-dept-class-a-bereavement-uniform-program. 

If you need any help, have any questions, would like to engage the Bereavement Uniform Program, either to donate or receive, please don’t hesitate to call. There is, of course, neither cost nor obligation, only the satisfaction of ‘taking care of those who took care of us’.

Very best regards,

Steve Cohen, Pres.
Lighthouse Uniform Company