04/13/08 125 W - + 9 - 17 Cary Fire Chief Lee Matthews

The fourth full-time Fire Chief of the Cary Fire Department was Lee Matthews, who has been listed in records as Lee Mathews, who started January 21, 1967 and stopped in May 1967. A newly found newspaper article reveals more. Dated February 22, 1967, the clipping notes Lee Matthews was a retired Raleigh Fire Captain who was named Acting Chief, after the resignation of Chief John W. Ward three months into his position. Though the clipping calls Matthews a retired Captain, he was more likely retired Asst. Chief R. Lee Matthews, who left in 1963 with 37 years of service. His employment with Cary was intended as temporary. Subsequent CFD Chiefs included _______ Ascue (67-68), John L. Dew (68-69), Billy Henderson (69-71), Terry Edmundson (71-75), and Ned Perry (75-93).

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