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Construction Photo of Wake Forest Station 4
Vintage Photo of Garner's 1958 Ford/American LaFrance Pumper (2 comments)
Public Presented Plans For Rebuilding Fire Station 6
Raleigh Fire Museum Open House - Saturday, October 10
Raleigh's New Tiller (and Engine)
New Hanover County Rigs + Battleship - Now That's a Posed Photo! (2 comments)
Durham's New Engine 7 (2 comments)
Sharks Are in the Collards
Cannon Mills Fire Engine at Transportation Museum (1 comment)
NC Ambulance Strike Team Deploys to Bladen County (2 comments)
SC National Guard Rescues Flooded Fire Trucks
Controlling Your Department Public Message - Monday, October 5
UPDATED - Upcoming Fire Department Events (9 comments)
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial - See You in Emmitsburg (3 comments)
Fire Station Design Symposium in Raleigh This Week
UPDATED - The History of Raleigh's Tillers (6 comments)
Public Meeting on Rebuilding Fire Station 6 - Wednesday, October 7
Monday's Apparatus Accident in Watauga County
UPDATED - Holly Springs' New Aerialscope (15 comments)
Two Alarms on Hempshire Place on Saturday (1 comment)

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+ 0 - 0 | § Construction Photo of Wake Forest Station 4

From the Ministry of Local Fire Photography, here's a construction photo of Wake Forest Fire Station 4 on Jenkins Road. Coming along nicely. Credit Lee Wilson. See more photos, including larger versions of this one. (Click the download icon on the lower-right side of the Flickr page.)

Lee Wilson photo

+ 0 - 0 | § Vintage Photo of Garner's 1958 Ford/American LaFrance Pumper

Found via the SPAAMFAA on Facebook, via this posting from Scott Mattson, here's a rare color photo of Garner's 1958 Ford F-600/American LaFrance pumper, 500/500. (Original capacity was 300 gallons.) Was the second new pumper delivered to Garner, following a 1957 Chevy 10-500/American LaFrance.

The department was organized in 1952 and operated a 1941 Ford mini-pumper (ex-Durham), a 1942 International pumper (added in 1954), a 1948 Chevy tanker (built by firefighters), and a 1952 GMC panel truck provided by the local office of Civil Defense. See old photos of same, via the Raleigh Fire Museum.

This was Engine 2 and was labeled "municipally owned." Was purchased by the town ($10,627.32) but housed and operated by the fire department. (The fire department was and remains a private organization that received outside funding and equipment in addition to the monies and donations they received.)

The department also operated as two departments for a number of years. Reported the Raleigh Times on September 16, 1959, the town board that week approved an ordinance for forming a municipal fire department. Same would have a Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief as elected by the Board of Alderman, plus any other personnel as deemed needed. (The story notes that the town board and fire department agreed that the Volunteer Fire Chief would also serve as the Municipal Fire Chief.)

Though separate on paper, the two departments shared the same infrastructure. Same building and most of the same equipment. (Some assets were town-only, of course. They also maintained separate rosters.) Unsure how long this continued. Through the late 1960s, at least.1

Engine 2 was later housed at Station 2 on Sauls Road. Lee Wilson photographed the truck in November 2012 at Ken's Corn Maze on Highway 50, south of town. The owner (Battalion Chief Ken Walker) found the truck in a junkyard and bought it and brought it to the maze. Maybe readers can help with more history.

Scott Mattson Collection

Lee Wilson photo

1Why have separate town and "rural" departments? In the case of Garner, the news story noted that the "chief advantage of the ordinance is that it gives the fire chief authority as a fire inspector." This empowered him with legal authority not afforded to the (position of) volunteer fire chief. Also, there were differences in (fire) insurance districts. One corresponded to the property inside the municipal limits of a town. The other was the "rural" district, consisting of area(s) outside a town's limits. We've talked about this in prior blog postings, such as these from October 2011 and March 2009.

+ 1 - 0 | § Public Presented Plans For Rebuilding Fire Station 6

On Wednesday, October 7, the Raleigh Fire Department held a public meeting at Fire Station 6, to present plans for rebuilding the building. Fire Chief John McGrath opened the presentation with an overview of the project, followed by Architect Ken Newell, from Stewart-Cooper-Newell, who spoke about design considerations.

Questions were posed by the attendees, and answers were provided by city staff and other members of firm. Plus one correction on a historical note from Yours Truly. (See footnote below.) The meeting started about 7:15 p.m. and ended about 8:30 p.m. Less than a dozen citizens attended.

Here's what was shown on sign boards... Click to enlarge:

Here’s what was talked about...

Fire Station 6

Background of Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects.

Currently involved in four fire station projects in Raleigh.

Reviewed recent community input projects and historic context.

Reviewed the current Fire Station 6 and surrounding community.

Design process began with a list of requirements, including:

Showed current site plan with elevations, property boundaries, setbacks, etc.

Showed site layout with new building.

Showed prospective floor plan.

First floor:

  • Apparatus bays
  • Decon room
  • EMS room
  • Tool shop
  • Lobby
  • Public toilet
  • Radio room
  • Captain’s office
  • Day room
  • Day room toilet
  • Kitchen/dining
  • Elevator equipment room
Second floor:
  • Two-bed bunk room
  • Three-bed bunk room
  • Four-bed bunk room
  • Toilet/showers, four
  • Captain’s bunk room, two
  • Captain’s toilet/shower, shared
  • Exercise room
  • Storage/fire pole access
  • Mechanical room
  • Both floors:
  • Stairs, two
  • Elevator

Discussion notes:

Historical Correction

In his book Raleigh and Wake County Firefighting, published in 2003 by Arcadia Publishing, author and burgeoning historian Mike Legeros wrote about the original Station 6, which opened in a rented building on Fairview Road in 1943. He presented a pair of significant errors: wrong street address and wrong building pictures.

The original Station 6 was a single-story structure at 2519 Fairview Road. It was NOT located at 2513 Fairview Road and was NOT housed in a two-story structure. The latter resides beside the former. Both buildings are still standing. In fact, the numbskull author even had a newspaper photo of the original Station 6. The clipping clearly showed a single-story building. But his imagination took over and he saw the structure next door (the two-story restaurant) as a seemingly obvious former fire station. Wrong!

+ 1 - 1 | § Raleigh Fire Museum Open House - Saturday, October 10

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week at the Raleigh Fire Museum's open house on Saturday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We'll have a fire safety display and educational materials, along with antique fire engines to explore. Tours of the museum will also be available.

The Raleigh Fire Museum is located at 105 Keeter Center Drive, at the fire department training center. Admission is free. Parking and restrooms are available. The museum is open on the second Saturday of each month. Learn more at

+ 2 - 0 | § Raleigh's New Tiller (and Engine)

Raleigh's new tiller is almost here. The 2015 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder, 1500/200/100', arrived at Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Fayetteville on Wednesday. Due in Raleigh next week. Future Ladder 9 and will replace a 2001 Quality/Spartan Gladiator/Aerial Innovations, 1500/300/75'. The tiller accompanies a new engine that arrived on Friday, a 2015 Pierce Arrow XT pumper, 1500/500/20. Future Engine 29, which will replace a 2000 Quality/Spartan MetroStar, 1250/500. Both are new companies at a new station that opened on June 9, 2015.

With this delivery, the Raleigh Fire Department will operate two tillers, and the first in the Carolinas with a pair of front-line units. (Though we're told Charleston has a second tiller on order.) The city's other tiller is Ladder 4 at Station 1, a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT. See this recently updated posting for a history of tillers in Raleigh. Lee Wilson photographed the two trucks in Fayetteville.

See more pictures from Lee of the new Ladder 29 and the new Engine 29.  And check back in a couple weeks, as Lee will surely take proper posed pictures after the trucks have been delivered. Even if his name isn't Shirley.

Lee Wilson photos

Checking around the Carolinas, how many tillers are now in service?

North Carolina:

South Carolina:

Cities that formerly operated tillers (at least in NC and going back to the 1910s) included Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Rocky Mount, Shalotte, Wendell, and Winston-Salem. See this prior posting.

+ 1 - 1 | § New Hanover County Rigs + Battleship - Now That's a Posed Photo!

Found via Facebook, via this posting from a couple years ago from New Hanover County Fire Rescue. Rescue, engine, and maybe mobile air unit? (The department has eight stations. How many units?) That's the USS North Carolina pictured, for those not in the know.

New Hanover Fire Rescue photo

+ 1 - 0 | § Durham's New Engine 7

Lee Wilson photographed Durham's new Engine 7 this week. The 2015 Sutphen Monarch quint, 1500/500/75', was delivered on September 22. Due in service in about three weeks. Will replace a 2000 Sutphen quint, 1500/500/75', which will be placed in reserve. See more photos from Lee.

Lee Wilson photo

How many ladders does Durham operate as engines? Looking at the unofficial DFD site, only two:

What other larger departments in our area, or around the state operate ladders as engines? 

Come to mind. Others?

+ 1 - 1 | § Sharks Are in the Collards

The Sea Level Fire Department in Carteret County posted this photo to Facebook, to their Facebook page. The picture has been shared 2,438 times and counting. For those unfamiliar with the C word, collards are "a cabbage of a variety that does not develop a heart." They also smelli something awful when cooked. At least to newly relocated Midwesterns, as Yours Truly recalls.

Sea Level Fire Department photo

+ 2 - 0 | § Cannon Mills Fire Engine at Transportation Museum

From a reader, here's a photo posted by the Troy Fire Department on Facebook, from the fire truck show at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in June. 1960s (?) Ford C/American LaFrance pumper formerly operated by the Fieldcrest-Cannon Fire Brigade. They protected the facility formerly known as Cannon Mills, and that founded the town of Kannapolis. (The plant was named Fieldcrest-Cannon from 1987 to 1997.)

The truck appears to original, as shown in the below historical photo. (See the larger picture in this blog post from 2009.) Presumably presently privately owned. Read this other blog post from 2009, to learn the full history of the mill, village, and town fire department(s). (See also this third posting, showing then and now KFD apparatus.) Or see more photos from the event, from Troy FD. Thanks Greg!

Troy Fire Department photo

+ 1 - 1 | § NC Ambulance Strike Team Deploys to Bladen County

Wake County EMS posted photos on Facebook on Sunday of an ambulance strike team deployment this week, drawn from the JocoFire group on Facebook, which also provided incident details. North Carolina Ambulance Strike Team (AST) 800 was deployed on Saturday night at the request of Bladen County Emergency Management, in response to expected heavy flooding in the area. Eighteen personnel staffed seven ambulances, an ambulance bus, a fleet service truck, and a equipment trailer. They were drawn from Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnson, Orange, and Wake counties. Most of the units met at the Smithfield Fire Department in Johnston County. They left as a convoy at about 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. They were instructed to prepare for a deployment of four to seven days, and will be initially housed at the North Carolina National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown. Their initial dues are expected to be assisting with evacuations as needed in affected areas. Readers, what other North or South Carolina mutual aid for flooding can you report?

JocoFire photos

+ 1 - 2 | § SC National Guard Rescues Flooded Fire Trucks

Charleston, Columbia, and other parts of South Carolina have been hit with historic flooding, as local, regional, and national news reports have reported. The operational impact on fire departments is being reported via incident social media reports. Carolinas Fire Page on Twitter is a particularly good source. They've noted some facility (New Holland FD) and apparatus (Charleston FD) impact in their tweets this weekend. Other reports are being posted to Facebook. The South Carolina National Guard added four photos yesterday of the 108th Chemical Company and 1-118th Forward Support Company performing fire truck recoveries. See the posting for additional pictures or to download the larger versions. Readers, what other incidents can you report? (We'll cover citizen rescues and out-of-state mutual aid in another posting.)

South Carolina National Guard photos

+ 1 - 2 | § Controlling Your Department Public Message - Monday, October 5

Coming to Emergency Medicine Today in Greensboro this week? On Monday, October 5, Wake County EMS Chief of Community Outreach Jeff Hammerstein and Emergency Services Blogger Mike Legeros are presenting an afternoon session on Controlling Your Department Public Message. Cameras, photography, social media, reputation management, and more. The ninety-minute session starts at 3:15 p.m. See you there.

+ 1 - 2 | § UPDATED - Upcoming Fire Department Events

It's that time of year again! Public Safety Days, Firemen's Days, Open Houses, Barbecue Fundraisers, and more! Here's a starter list. Readers can add others.

Oct 3, Sat. Four Oaks FD - Fireman’s Day - All day activities - 301 Keen Rd, Four Oaks, NC 27524
Oct 3, Sat. Garner FD - Fireman’s Day - All day activities - Parade at 1:00 p.m. - Station 1 - 503 W Main St, Garner, NC 27529
Oct 3, Sat. Foothills Fire & Life Safety Expo - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute - 2855 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638   
Oct 4, Sun. Bay Leaf FD - Open House - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Station 1, 11713 Six Forks Road, Raleigh
Oct 10, Sat. NEW DATE - Cary FD / Morrisville FD - Fire Safety Day - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Target parking lot, Park West Village, Morrisville
Oct 10, Sat. WRONG DATE - Fuquay-Varina FD - See below, Oct. 17
Oct 10, Sat. Grifton FD - Fireman's Day - 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Station 1, Grifton, NC
Oct 10, Sat. Raleigh Fire Museum - Fire Prevention Week Event - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - 105 Keeter Center Drive
Oct 11, Sun. Fairview FD - Open House - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - 4501 Ten-Ten Rd, Apex, NC 27539
Oct 13, Tues. Zebulon Night Out - Public Safety Event - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Town Hall yard, 1003 N Arendell Ave, Zebulon, NC 27597
Oct 16, Fri. Brogden FD - BBQ & Bake Sale - 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - 7236 Brogden Rd, Smithfield, NC 27577
Oct 17, Sat. Fuquay-Varina FD - Open House - Station 1 - 301 South Fuquay Avenue, Fuquay-Varina, NC
Oct 18, Sun. Township 7 FD - Open House - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Craven County
Oct 21 & 22, Weds. & Thurs. Williamston FD - Grillin’ on the Green Fundraiser -  
Oct 31, Sat Momeyer FD - Fire Prevention Day - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - 4872 Momeyer Way, Nashville

Previously listed:


+ 1 - 0 | § National Fallen Firefighters Memorial - See You in Emmitsburg

On Sunday, October 4, eighty-seven fallen firefighters will be honored at the 34th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The service will honor eighty-four firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2014, and three who died in prior years. Four from North Carolina will be honored:

Ricky W. Doub, Forbush FD
Heart attack following multiple calls, December 16.

John Derek Gupton, Justice FD
Apparatus accident while responding to call, September 16.

Thomas Gerald Lee, Four Oaks FD
Heart attack within 24 hours of responding to station to provide assistance at call, February 1.

S. Brad McCoy, Nantahala FD
Died in fire at own home, while attempting to rescue family members, November 21.

Live satellite feeds and streaming of the service will be provide, along with coverage of the Saturday night Candlelight Service. See the complete list of fallen firefighters being honored, along with complete event information, at

Mr. Blogger will be assisting at the event, as a photographer for the Social Media Team. Follow the event on the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF) Facebook page and Twitter feed. Also look for the hashtag #FireHero2015.

+ 2 - 1 | § Fire Station Design Symposium in Raleigh This Week

Did you know that there's a fire station design symposium underway in Raleigh this week? The event is presented by FIERO, which is the Fire Industry Education Resource Organization. They're based in southeastern United States, and are modeled after an organization in Southern California called the Southern Area Fire Equipment Research or SAFER. (The original name of FIERO was Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization.)

FIERO were founded in 1990 as a way to connect fire service personnel with fire equipment (and facility) manufacturers, distributors, and dealers. And as they started talking to each other, they realized they had common equipment and safety problems. Both FIERO and SAFER helped open lines of communication between dealers, manufacturers, and the users of their products and services.

Remember, this was the 1990s. Before the Internet and web sites and blogs. Back when networking was primarily face-to-face. As communications within the fire service improved, FIERO realized a need for sharing information about fire station design and construction. In 2000, they offered their first Fire Station Symposium. The response was overwhelming and the event has become an annual affair. (They also expanded their scope in 2007, realizing the need for a PPE Symposium. The first one was offered in 2009, and is a biennial event.)

This year's Fire Station Design Symposium is this week at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. The event runs from Sunday September 27 to Wednesday September 30. Visit the web site to see the schedule and learn more, both about the event and the organization. (They're a non-profit organization, and the event is staffed with volunteers.) Or follow them on Twitter @FIEROFire.

One of the event's neat features are the design awards, for fire stations either (a.) in the design phase but not yet approved for construction or (b.) placed in service within the last six years. This year, thirty-nine entries were submitted from across the United States and Canada. (How far and wide are the event's visitors, you ask? This year they have attendees from Hawaii, Newfoundland, and New Zealand.)

You can view design award winners from recent years on this page. They include local and regional winners Cary Station 8 (ADW Architects, shown left), Charleston Station 9 (Rosenblum Coe Architects, shown right), Henricho County, VA, Station 13 (Moseley Architects and Stewart Cooper Newell Architects), Dale City, VA, Station 10 (Hughes Group Architects), and Charlottesville, VA, Station 10 (LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects).

+ 5 - 4 | § UPDATED - The History of Raleigh's Tillers

Tractor-drawn aerial ladders as operated by the Raleigh Fire Department, left to right and top to bottom as shown below:

See this FireNews historical perspective from 2004 for more, as well as this Raleigh Fire Department Apparatus Register. See this collection of photos of the 2004 Pierce. Credits for second and third row of images, left to right: Joel Woods, Jeff Harkey, Mike Legeros, Lee Wilson. Click once or twice to enlarge:

+ 2 - 1 | § Public Meeting on Rebuilding Fire Station 6 - Wednesday, October 7

The City of Raleigh is planning a reconstruction of Fire Station 6 at 2601 Fairview Road. Built in 1949, it’s the oldest operating engine house in the city. It’s also outdated, outmoded, and in poor physical condition. To present plans for the new station, the fire department will hold a public meeting in the station’s apparatus bay on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m.

Notes this press release, the meeting will "present the form and function of the current Station Six design and collect community feedback on various elements. Because the station is highly revered by the surrounding community, citizen input will be sought during the project’s design phase. A series of community meetings will be held to keep the community informed and offer an opportunity for citizens to provide comment."

The new station will be a multi-story facility, required to accommodate the small-sized lot. (The current facility has 5,408 square-feet on a 0.58 acre lot. That’s the sixth smallest in the city. Station 3 has the smallest site with 0.16 acres, followed by Station 1 with 0.37, Station 5 with 0.39, Station 9 with 0.50, and Station 8 with 0.52.)

Expect a doubling of square footage, or more. The new station will include space for both an engine and a ladder company. Other improvements will include gender equitable living and bathroom facilities and environmentally sustainable elements. Read more about this project and other fire station facility developments in a special edition of the Raleigh Fire Department newsletter (PDF), published last year. Learn more about Raleigh fire stations (past 'n' present!) on my history site.

+ 1 - 2 | § Monday's Apparatus Accident in Watauga County

On Monday, a Watagua County fire truck was involved in an accident. Reports this BlueRidgeNow story by Steve Frank, the Stewart Simmons Fire Department unit ran off Elk Creek Road about a mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The apparatus rolled down a long embankment. The firefighter operating the vehicle reported himself uninjured, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Notes the story, the truck was stablized with the help of a wrecker. Then a stokes basket was lowered, to bring the firefighter to the surface. Watuga Rescue and other Stewart Simmons firefighters were also on scene. See more photos in the form of an animated gif in the story.

+ 6 - 1 | § UPDATED - Holly Springs' New Aerialscope

September 22, 2015
Holly Springs placed their new platform in service last month. Ladder 255 is a 2001 Spartan Gladiator/Baker Aerialscope, 2000/0/95-foot purchased last year. Originally served the William Cameron Engine Company in Lewisburg, PA. See more photos from Lee Wilson, both before and after the fine paint job.


Lee Wilson photos

August 13, 2014
The Holly Springs Fire Department has purchased a new aerial platform, a 2001 Spartan Gladiator/Baker Aerialscope with a 2000 GPM pump and a 95-foot boom. No water tank. Purchased from Fire Line Equipment, see the specs. Originally served the William Cameron Engine Company (see also their FB page) in Lewisburg, PA. Has about 10,000 miles on it. Received last week. Will soon be painted.

The town's prior platform was placed out of service on Tuesday, a 1999 American LaFrance Eagle mid-mount that was purchased in 2007 from Pattonville Fire District in Pattonville, MO. The new truck is the first Aerialscope in Wake County since Raleigh's 1977 Mack/Baker was sold some years ago. Where else are 'scopes operating in our state? Eastside FD near Asheboro has a Mack/Baker. Boone FD (Avery) and Newell FD (Mecklenburg) no longer have theirs. Any other's still in service?


+ 2 - 1 | § Two Alarms on Hempshire Place on Saturday

Belated incident report from the weekend. Two alarms were struck on Saturday morning in Raleigh, at the home of a Raleigh police officer and a neighboring Raleigh firefighter. Dispatched at 10:36 a.m. to 8250 Hempshire Place. Upgraded to working fire about a minute later, due to multiple reports. Engine 18 arrived at 10:38 a.m. at a two-story, wood-frame townhome building with six occupancies. Each unit about 1,300 square-feet. Built 1995. Heavy fire in the rear of unit 102, at the corrected address 8310 Hempshire Place.

Engine 18 caught their own hydrant, and laid in wet. They pulled a line to the rear of the building, for an exterior attack. The officer also requested a second alarm, which was dispatched at 10:42 a.m. After knocking down the bulk of the fire, crews went inside for interior attack.

WRAL photo

Second due Engine 4 boosted pressure for Engine 18. First due Ladder 1, operating the reserve 1988 Pierce Snorkel, was positioned at the front of the building, and prepared for aerial operations (which was not needed). Engine 23 established the water supply for the ladder.

Crews also entered each adjoining unit, for exposure protection. Vertical ventilation was performed. The fire was controlled at 10:53 a.m. Two additional engines were special called to help with overhaul and investigation. No injuries were reported. The cause was undetermined. Believe the fire was the fourth second-alarmer for the year.

First alarm: E18, E4, E23, E16, L1, L3, R1, B5, B1, C420; Working fire: A2, C20, C401; Second alarm: E29; E15; E9; L6; L5; B4. Special called Sq7, E1. Medical: EMS 22, EMS 35, D4, T1.

Police Officer, Firefighter Displaced

The townhome belonged to Raleigh Police Officer A. R. Morales. Her neighbor was Raleigh Senior Firefighter John Stiver. Donations for both are being accepted through this GoFundMe page.

Here's the building before the fire:

Google photo

Prior Fires

Hempshire Place has been the site of two or three major fires in the past.

Two alarms at 8321 Hempshire on December 18, 2000, and two alarms at 8311 Hempshire on June 23, 2006. Also checking on possible third multiple-alarm fire, at the time of construction circa 1997-1998.

Pictures and Media

+ 2 - 1 | § Lenoir County Firefighter Killed in Car Accident Last Week

Hugo Fire Department firefighter Taylor D. Frank, 24, was buried on Sunday in Kinston. He died off-duty on Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident just feet from Hugo Fire Station 2. He was returning home from work in Pitt County when his Ford F-250 truck ran off the side of the road in the 270 block of Tilghman Mill Road and into a steep ditch. His vehicle overturned several times, he was ejected out of the vehicle, and he landed on rocks. Reported a highway patrol officer in this Kinston Free Press story, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Frank was employed as a detention officer at the Pitt County Detention Center, and had been a volunteer firefighter for over six years. Read his obituary.


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