North Carolina News

Friday, February 24, 2017

Durham firefighter finds, returns man’s life savings

When Roy Jimerson saw a bunch of paper flying around Coastal Federal Credit Union on University Drive and Shannon Road, he stopped. "I saw that it was money, so I turned around and blocked traffic, picked it up; another citizen stopped and helped me gather it," Jimerson said. When Jimerson isn't busy working as a Durham firefighter, he's laying tile as an independent contractor. He said he knows how hard it is to make a dollar and that's exactly why he wanted to return it - almost $1,000 in cash. "Drawing that kind of money out, you had plans for that money, and I didn't want him to be short changed," he said.
WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11

Fire destroys Winnabow firefighter’s home

A Winnabow firefighter’s home caught fire this morning. The electrical fire started inside the home, while he and his family were out for breakfast. The interior of the home is destroyed with nothing left behind. Neighbors say smoke could be seen coming from the house around eight this morning. Within a matter of minutes, firefighters were on the scene and were able to put the fire out in 20 minutes. Two dogs were in the house at the time of the fire. The owner was able to save one dog by giving “mouth-to-snout” resuscitation and was brought to a local veterinarian office but one dog died in the incident.
WWAY-TV ABC 3 Wilmington

Family of fallen Pineville firefighter Richard Sheltra on building his legacy

It’s the one call you never want to hear. A firefighter is down. The Pineville Volunteer Fire Department’s worst fears were confirmed the night of April 29, 2016. One of their own, Richard Sheltra died fighting a fire inside the Edwin Watts Golf shop on Highway 51. He was just 20 years-old and had recently found out he was a finalist for a job with the Charlotte Fire Department. After an exhaustive investigation, authorities determined Sheltra somehow became disoriented inside the large store and ran out of air. The blow to his family was unimaginable. Richard was Mike and Linay Sheltra’s youngest child – and their only son. “We're members of an elite group of people that nobody wants to be members of,” Mike said. “We've lost a son. He was a firefighter, but most importantly he was our son.”
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Labrador Retriever Joins Union Co. Fire Marshal Team

A four-legged investigator is one of the newest members of the Union County Fire Marshal's Office. Camden, a 2 and a half year old yellow Labrador Retriever, joined the team as an Accelerant Detection Canine in December 2016. He is trained to sniff out scents of liquids that arsonists use to start fires such as gasoline and kerosene and to point authorities to the direction with the strongest scent. Camden started training as a seeing-eye dog at 16 months of age. Though he completed his course, he was not assigned to a blind person due to his curious nature and his tendency to explore trash cans. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ultimately purchased Camden from the guide dog school, and he began his training as an arson dog in the summer of 2016. He was paired with Fire Marshal Kevin Rigoli in late October 2016.
TWC News - Charlotte NC

Thursday, February 23, 2017

2 pets killed when flames race through east Charlotte home

Fire crews were busy working to extinguish flames early Thursday morning at an east Charlotte home. Firefighters were called around 8:40 a.m. to the house on Manchester Lane, just off Albemarle Road, and when they arrived reported seeing heavy flames and smoke. A neighbor told Channel 9 that a woman inside the home was reading when she saw flames coming from her kitchen. She tried to put out the fire herself, but then took her walker and went to the neighbor's house to call for help. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the flames knocked down, but officials said a cat and a dog died after becoming trapped in the fire. Firefighters tried to give them CPR but they did not survive. "She's worried about the animal. She loved that little dog you know," neighbor Muhammad Kabbany said.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Buncombe County: Firefighter training offers help for PTSD

A class this week at the the Buncombe Coounty Public Safety Training Center is teaching first responders how to ask for help. For a group normally providing the help, it can be a difficult task to be vulnerable. "Because we are -- by nature -- helpers," said Capt. Anna Pigman, of the Asheville Fire Department. "We go into burning buildings. We try and fix situations. So, it's especially challenging to ask for help when you can't fix it yourself."
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Beaufort opens new fire station

The Town of Beaufort celebrated the opening of it's new fire station with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday. Town leaders, fire fighters, community members and well wishers from neighboring communities came out to the much anticipated event. Fire Station 1 is now located at 506 Live Oak St., next to Pine Street. The 12,500 square foot fire station replaces the old one at 900 Cedar Street, which was deteriorating. It is currently up for sale. The building was also ill-equipped to handle the growing department, time sensitive work-flow and needs of staff during working hours. The new station can accommodate 15-20 people at a time working shifts. Fire fighters will now have more space with an upgrade from three to six bunk beds, a larger kitchen with an outside grill and an entertainment room.
WCTI-TV ABC 12 New Bern

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