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Friday August 01, 2014

President's Blog

NCSFA President Scott Alderman

Thankful for Commitment

This will be my last blog post as NCSFA President. Next week, at the 2011 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo the gavel will be passed on to Eastern representative Bill Jones, Chief of Lower Currituck FD. This years Expo theme is “Commitment.” This past year, during my term as President, I have been amazed by the commitment displayed by NCSFA staff, executive board and other state and regional agencies/associations. There are so many that care deeply about the firefighters of this great state and are committed to bettering the fire service. Its been an honor and privilege to serve with these fine folks. I truly wish Chief Jones the very best in the upcoming year and may god watch over each and every member of our great association.

Yours in service,
R. Scott Alderman

Thoughts and Prayers

On behalf of the executive board and staff of the N.C. State Firemen’s Association our thoughts and prayers are with the families and firefighters of Asheville Fire Department.

Piney Grove Firefighter’s Legacy Lives On

Kernersville, NC – Matthew McAlexander, a 19 y/o volunteer firefighter with the Piney Grove Volunteer Fire Department, in Forsyth County, passed away Tuesday morning as the result of being critically injured in a boating accident during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Tragically, Matthew’s step brother, Joshua Rowley, 12 y/o, was also killed in the same accident.

Local news media has been covering this story since word spread thru the community about the accident. This evening a local news station ran a story regarding Matthew’s service to the community and his choice of being an organ donor. Click here to view the story. Matthew, affectionally nicknamed “Smallbury” by the Piney Grove firefighters, made a decision that most young people do not think much about or consider. His compassion and willingness to help others is evident thru his service as a volunteer firefighter and his decision to be an organ donor.

On behalf of the staff and board of directors of the NCSFA, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rowley Family and the members of the Piney Grove Fire Department. I pray God reaches out to you and helps you thru this difficult time.

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