The Gastonia Fire Department held a promotional ceremony for the following firefighters recently at its headquarters on North Myrtle School Road:
Capt. Matt Young to the rank of battalion chief.
Young has served Gastonia for almost 17 years, having been hired by the department on July 15, 2002. In addition to serving with Gastonia, Young is also the fire chief at New Hope Fire Department and a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Belmont.
Engineer Chip Hawkins to the rank of captain.
Hawkins has served Gastonia for more than 18 years, having been hired by the department on Jan. 16, 2001.
Engineer Charles Morrow to the rank of captain.
Morrow has served Gastonia for more than seven years, having been hired by the department on May 31, 2011. Morrow is also a fire captain with the Waco Community Fire Department in Cleveland County.
Firefighter Lucas Rollins to the rank of engineer.
Rollins has served Gastonia for almost eight years, having been hired by the department on June 13, 2011. Rollins is also the training chief with the Boiling Springs Fire Department in Cleveland County.
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Wilmington Fire Department held their equivalent of a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday for the new Fire House 5 on Shipyard Boulevard.
They called it a “Hose Uncoupling Ceremony,” which is more fitting for their line of work. The new station will house whichever eight fire fighters are on call, and has a few new features that the old building did not have before, such as absorbing what used to be Station 6 and new bi-fold doors that are more hurricane resistant.
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Emerald Isle officials have confirmed that a 48-year old Jacksonville man is in critical condition after being pulled from the water Sunday afternoon.
Fire Chief Bill Walker says that they received a call at 2:02 p.m. for swimmers in distress near the Bogue Inlet Pier.
He says when emergency crews arrived, four swimmers had already been pulled to the shore by surfers.
Walker says CPR was performed on one male swimmer, who was then taken to hospital.
Lt. Ketchum with the Emerald Isle Police Department confirmed that man is alive, but his conditions remains critical.
His identity is not known at this time.
The Fire Department says the beach was flying yellow flags on Sunday afternoon.
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VIDEO: Firefighters tasked with saving our lives are getting a new piece of equipment that could save theirs: Bulletproof vests. They say this is the new reality they face when they respond to a call.
The department purchased more than 300 vests last month. One of the first times they were used was when crews responded to the UNC Charlotte shooting.
Battalion Chief Matt Westover straps on five extra pounds of gear, the newest tool in the firetruck.
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VIDEO: A Page High School student has died after being pulled from a lake in Greensboro, according to Guilford County Schools.
First responders performed life-saving efforts on the student who was found in the lake Friday afternoon in Greensboro.
Assistant Chief Dwayne Church with the Greensboro Fire Department says they got a call around 12:40 p.m. about the student who was in the lake.
He says three students, two male and one female, were out swimming in a lake behind the old Ham's restaurant across the street from Page High School. They were jumping off one of the docks when one male student went missing in the water.
Asst. Chief Church says the firefighters started searching the water right away, then came Swift Water Rescue, and then the Guilford County Dive Team.
New Bern’s newest bear was unveiled Saturday as firemen, museum volunteers and friends got their first look at No Burn Bear outside the New Bern Firemen’s Museum.
“No Burn” is mounted on a concrete pad, with a bright red fireplug beside him and a broad, two-sided mural of historic fire department photos behind him.
The bear, himself, was donated to the museum by two descendants of Johnnie Gaskill, the first New Bern fireman to die in the line of duty when, tradition says, he was kicked by a horse in 1904.
Gaskill, 29, who was assistant fire chief of the Button fire company, languished almost two weeks before he died on November 7th.
The donors, siblings John Gaskill Jr. and Georgene Gaskill Eakes, describe themselves as the great-niece and nephew of Gaskill. John Gaskill told the audience that his was the first generation since the 1904 death to not serve on the fire department.
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