Daily Incident Log - 6/19/2012

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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06/19/2012 -


Firefighters injured in Charlotte house fire

A firefighter suffered minor injuries during a house fire along South Boulevard Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the scene around 6 a.m. after a reported fire at a home in the 6500 block of Wisteria Drive Charlotte fire officials said it took a crew of 27 firefighters a little more than 40 minutes to put out the fire.


Related: Two firefighters hurt battling house fire  


Mooresville Fire Chief announces retirement

Mooresville Fire Chief Wesley H. Greene announced his retirement Monday afternoon during a meeting with his Command Staff and Town officials. Greene has served as Mooresville's Fire Chief since 2001. His retirement is effective July 1, 2012. "After 36 years in the fire service I feel it is time to change roles," said Greene. "I have been fortunate to enjoy a career of my choosing for more than 30 years. Now it is time to pursue another dream and let my colleagues be in charge of keeping Mooresville safe."


Officials: Wayside and West Iredell fire departments funding mix-up will be resolved

Officials from two fire departments reiterated last week that they didn't ask for a $42,000 budget hike from the county to pay for salaries. At an Iredell County Board of Commissioners budget meeting earlier this month, some $42,000 was cut from the budgets of Wayside and West Iredell fire departments. As it turned o ut, the cuts were made mainly because of poor communication, officials said, and the money will be restored in the budget county commissioners are due to approve tonight.


Former Washington fire chief sues city over termination

Jimmy Davis, a former Washington fire chief, is suing the City of Washington over his termination as a city employee in June 2009. In his civil lawsuit, filed Friday in Beaufort County Superior Court, Davis lists 14 claims for relief, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy, seeks a judgment in excess of $10,000, punitive damages and reinstatement will all back pay, raises and "other incidents of employment he would have been entitled to but for the Defendants' unlawful actions" among others. Davis seeks a trial by jury.


Follow-up: Victim says Durham firefighter didn't rob him

One of the victims of the "Green Goblin" robber claims he knows that the Durham firefighter police identified as the man who robbed his store was not the same person who robbed him. Police arrested Damon Quick, 35, who was a Durham firefighter, during a robbery the night of June 12 at the Dollar Tree store on Guess road.



Follow Up: 'Charleston 9' mourned 5 years later

When the nine city of Charleston firefighters who died in the Sofa Super Store fire are honored tonight, a new leather fire helmet bearing their names will be carried into the ceremony. Beyond that, some of the department's members say it is hard to believe five years have passed since the fatal Savannah Highway disaster shook the department. "We never thought we would lose anyone, let alone nine people," said Chris Villarreal, captain of Charleston Fire Station 9 off upper King Street.


Related: Families of Charleston firefighters lost in Sofa Super Store blaze remain strong  

Related: A Charleston firefighter's personal fight

For one fireman, survival has been a difficult burden to bare. Chris Villareal fought through dark days and now works to prevent the loss of life when firefighters answer the call. All gave some, some gave all, and Villareal will never forget. "We came in the day after Father's Day... It was hot that day... try to lay low as much as possible," Villareal said. The smallest of details are remembered.


Columbia City firefighter on pay issues: "Something's gotta give."

At a moment's notice, Columbia City firefighters respond when we need them the most. After all, it's what firefighters are trained to do in stressful situations. But several firefighters say adding to that stress is an even more burning issue: poor salaries. "Something's gotta give," Capt. Mike Cosola, president of the city's fire association, said. "I can't reco mmend this job to someone and honestly tell them you will be able to support yourself financially."


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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