Some people stay committed to a job for 20 years, some even 30. But few can say they have worked at the same place for 50 years.
Hugh Corpening is one of those people. At 91 years old, Corpening has worked at Lake James Fire and Rescue since it was started in 1969.
“It’s quite a few years to be in an organization,” Corpening said.
Corpening is still with the organization and answers calls as a traffic officer on a regular basis. About a month ago, Corpening responded to one of those calls when there was a wreck just down the road from the fire station.
“When the calls come in, he comes,” said Alexander Corpening, Hugh’s nephew and current LJFR Chief. “He gets his vest even if he has to sit on the tailgate of his truck.”
Corpening said he’s stuck with the department for so long because he loved to be part of something bigger, especially after serving in the Army and Air Force with overseas deployments to Japan and Korea.
Morganton News Herald
The Wilmington Fire Department will put its new aerial truck, valued at nearly $1.2 million, into service on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.
The new fire truck, a 2018 Pierce Velocity Ascendant Tandem Axle 107’ Aerial, is replacing a 21-year-old truck.
The truck is “completely furnished with all new equipment, including a battery operated hydraulic cutter and spreader, better known as the ‘jaws-of-life,’ and complement of ground ladders totaling 167’,” according to a press release.
The new fire vehicle also sets a record in New Hanover County as the tallest fire apparatus with a ladder designed to withstand 35 miles per hour sustained winds while fully extended at 107 feet vertically or 100 feet horizontally.
WECT-TV Channel 6
A firefighter and his family had to escape from their burning home as snow and ice piled up outside on Sunday morning in western Rowan County.
According to the Rowan County Fire Marshal, the fire started in the wood stove at the house owned by Dustin and Michele Newton.
“When fire was discovered, the door to get out had already swelled shut,” according to Fire Marshal Deborah Horne. “Thankfully, they were able to exit through a bedroom window with their dog.”
Firefighters responded quickly, but there was heavy damage to the home, which is located off Needmore Road.
Dustin is an active firefighter with the Scotch-Irish Fire Department.
WBTV-TV Channel 3
Crews worked to put out a large fire at a barn Sunday night in Davidson County.
Firefighters were called to 340 Conrad Drive in response to what was reported as an explosion at the barn.
No people were hurt, but it remains uncertain if any animals were injured. There is no word on a cause.
WGHP-TV FOX 8
The holiday season brings an increased risk of fires in homes and area firefighters are spreading ways to stay safe through pizza. A local Domino’s Pizza store and the Wilmington Fire Department worked together to fold 300 pizza boxes. Each box was labeled with a special reminder to pizza lovers about the importance of working smoke alarms.
The smoke alarm reminder has a basketball theme with the tag line being, “The best defense is a good offense. Smoke alarms are part of your line of defense against fires…”
Boxes were used for pizzas delivered Friday night to UNCW’s campus and to homes around campus.
WWAY-TV ABC 3 Wilmington