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Thursday November 23, 2017

Fund For Gatlinburg, TN First Responders

The Gatlinburg Firefighters Association has established the Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund to aid those Gatlinburg Firefighters and Police Officers who lost their homes and contents in the fire, which in part spread from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into the eastern Tennessee resort city of Gatlinburg. The fire burned about 1,000 buildings in Sevier County, including hundreds in Gatlinburg, killed 13 people and injured about 85 people.

 

Donations should be made payable to The Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund, Account # 1090021864. Donations may be mailed to

Smartbank, ATTN: Gatlinburg Public Safety Employees Wildfire Relief Fund,

PO Box 1910, Pigeon Forge Tennessee 37868.

Electronic transfers may be sent to Smartbank.  The routing number for this fund is 064209216.

For additional information contact Kandra McCarter Phone: (865) 936-7130; Daniel Lindbert (865) 430-8687 or David Puckett (865) 712-0726

 

NCSFA Announces Association’s Name Change

Good Morning to all North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Members:

It is my pleasure and responsibility as President of the Association to inform you that the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association is now the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. This announcement was made in a formal ceremony at our annual SAFRE Conference, held in Charlotte, just moments ago to all those in attendance, and your Board members wanted to insure you heard the news simultaneously. The name change is a culmination of efforts that began last fall with a survey of all member fire departments in North Carolina, and was brought to reality when the NC General Assembly passed, at our request, House Bill 19 which contained language allowing us to change our name. Since we were created in 1889 by the Legislature, only they could approve this change.

What does this mean to you as members of our Association? First it means the Association that has represented its member’s interests since 1887 will continue to do so, advocating for and providing benefits, working towards solutions to problems and concerns, representing the fire service’s interest, and providing funding for programs such as grants and scholarships. Second, it brings our name into the modern day definition of a firefighter that is all inclusive of our membership, and recognizes the total scope of how this wonderful vocation serves the public.

Although the name change is in place, it will take us time to transition all the logos, signs, patches, flags, shirts, etc., that carry our name into the new design. Perhaps that time of transition is good, and people will recognize through time that with a new name that represents all the diversity of our membership, we’re still the same Association of people that have protected and looked after each other since our founding in 1887.

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as your President throughout this year of transition, and I look forward to continuing to work with each of you as members of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. For a full report of the activities of your Association during 2015-2016, please review the Presidents Report and Strategic Planning Document on our web-site at ncsfa.com.

Sincerely,

Kevin Gordon, President

New name, same mission.

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 www.haroldmasseyfuneralhome.com.

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 FireNews.net article.