CLAYTON HOSTS SUCCESSFUL CHECKPOINT (8-23-2014)
The Clayton Police Department hosted a very successful checkpoint Saturday night. The multi-agency checkpoint consisted of a primary and secondary location to help catch those who try to avoid checkpoints. JCSO, SHP, Smithfield PD, Kenly PD, Princeton PD, Wilson’s Mills PD and the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office all had representation present who assisted with the operation. MADD was on site and provided refreshments for the officers and even provided a meal during the checkpoint briefing. The following is a list of charges from the event:
Drug charges – 21
Assault on LEO – 1
Resist Delay Obstruct – 1
License Restriction – 1
NOL – 28
Open Container – 8
Expired Registration – 15
DWLR – 7
Underage Drinking – 1
Expired Inspection – 4
Fail to change address – 1
Safe Movement – 1
HOT SHOT – DUMPSTER FIRE IN CLAYTON (8-17-2014)
Clayton firefighters quickly extinguished this dumpster fire on US 70 Business beside the former “Barmuda Triangle” building. Engine 2, Engine 5, Battalion Chief 2 and Clayton PD responded. Check out the action in this video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZeofPc8Weo
WATER RESCUE ON THE NEUSE -BENTONVILLE (8-16-2014)
Bentonville firefighters were dispatched to a water rescue on the Neuse River Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to the river access on Richardson Bridge Road and were told that 2 kayakers had fallen into the water and were in distress. Mutual aid units from Wayne County included the Grantham Fire Department, Wayne County EMS and the Arr-Mac Water Response Team. Johnston County Sheriff’s Office boat team also responded. The kayakers were located and rescued from the river and were taken to the Ferry Bridge Road river access where Wayne County emergency crews evaluated them. Nobody was transported to the hospital. Contributed photos.
HOUSE FIRE – CLAYTON (8-16-2014)
Clayton, Wilson’s Mills and Cleveland Fire Departments were dispatched a mobile home fire in the 100-block of Cruz Jeffries Road off of Ranch Road, just outside of Clayton, Saturday afternoon. Firefighters arrived to find a single-wide mobile home with heavy fire conditions and flames coming through the roof. Firefighters arrived and made an aggressive interior attack, extinguishing the flames. Johnston County EMS provided rehab for the firefighters. The resident escaped without injury and was assisted by the Red Cross. Fire investigators determined the cause to be an air conditioning unit. There are over 100 photos at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets
and video is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9W9Z91wJUU
HOUSE FIRE – SELMA (8-13-2014)
Selma and Thanksgiving firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire Wednesday afternoon on Carmil Drive off of Live Oak Church Road. Responding units quickly reported seeing a large column of smoke from several miles away. First-in units reported the single-story residence to be fully involved upon arrival, requested Wilson’s Mills FD for an additional mutual aid and a re-page of Selma FD for additional personnel. Selma EMS and JCEMS Medic 1 established rehab and Johnston County Animal Services responded to secure two dogs reportedly tied to the residence. The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene. The residents were not at home at the time of the fire. There are over 150 photos posted to www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets
and video has been posted to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VCi7qsfmsQ
ARCHER LODGE FIREFIGHTER LAID TO REST (8-3-2014)
Archer Lodge Firefighter Woodrow “Ethan” Swecker was laid to rest Sunday in Clayton. The beautiful service was held at Hocutt Baptist Church and the burial at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. Firefighters from Johnston and surrounding counties attended and would have made Ethan proud. To see all of the photos, use the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jocofire/sets/72157646206926733/
ALCOHOL A FACTOR IN SERIOUS CLAYTON CRASH (8-2-2014)
Clayton PD charged a driver with DWI, Careless and Reckless and violating a driver license restriction after this serious crash around 2am Saturday. The single vehicle crash occurred on Amelia Church Road at Shotwell Road. Both occupants were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Clayton Fire Department. They were then rushed by JCEMS to WakeMed.
ARCHER LODGE MOURNS DEATH OF FIREFIGHTER (7-28-2014)
The Archer Lodge FD and all local emergency personnel are mourning the death of 17 year old Ethan Swecker, a volunteer firefighter with the Archer Lodge Fire Department. Ethan was critically injured in an accident in Oklahoma and died Monday of his injuries. I will keep you advised of arrangements. Ethan was an outstanding young man and I will certainly miss seeing him on calls. He was always kind to me and took time out to speak.
MAN KILLED IN BENSON CRASH (7-27-2014)
A man died as his fiancee and young children watched in horror Sunday afternoon on I-95 in Benson. The crash happened around 2pm on I-95 south bound, just south of the I-40 interchange. According to bystanders, a vehicle had pulled over beside I-95 and a man was standing beside his vehicle tending to a child in the backseat when another vehicle slammed into the man and his vehicle. Bystanders performed CPR on the man and EMS workers tried to revive him; however, he died on scene. The fiancee and two small children were rushed to WakeMed in Raleigh. There were two people in the vehicle that struck the family. They were evaluated on scene and refused transportation to the hospital. A second crash happened just north of this crash and two people were treated and released on scene. Benson Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, Four Oaks EMS, 50-210 EMS and JCSO responded in addition to SHP. The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. There are more photos on my FLICKR site and video can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1DgJbx-VzY
FIRE DESTROYS FOUR OAKS HOME (7-26-2014)
Four Oaks, Elevation and Smithfield firefighters were called to a residence in the 700 block of Lee Public Rd, in Four Oaks, Saturday night. The fire broke out shortly after 9pm. The resident was not at home at the time and was called and told smoke was coming out of his house. Emergency workers arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the residence. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. The resident was treated on scene for a medical emergency. The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause. Four Oaks and Johnston County EMS also responded. (Contributed photo)
MANY FROM JOHNSTON ATTEND SAFRE EXPO (7-25-2014)
Fire personnel from all over the southeastern US are in Raleigh this week attending the 2014 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh. There are over 100 vehicles on display, a multitude of vendors, and many events to keep everyone busy. I ran into several members of the JCC Fire Academy today at the Expo. They were excited to see the various apparatus and equipment displays and represented JCC and our County very well in their uniforms.
VEHICLE FIRE – GARNER (7-25-2014)
Garner Engine 4 responded to a reported vehicle fire in the parking lot of PetSmart on Shenstone Blvd in White Oak Crossings. Upon arrival it was determined there was a mechanical issue with the vehicle but no fire.
CLAYTON PD MAKES ARREST IN HOMICDE (7-21-2014)
Clayton PD has made an arrest in its first homicide in seven years. 50 year old Carlos Luis Rubio was stabbed around 10pm last night behind the Clayton Mart on East Main Street. He was rushed to WakeMed where he died a short time later. An intense investigation and search, including the use of Clayton’s newest K9 Abel, found the suspect hiding under a warehouse Sunday morning. Jose Louis Ramirez Delgado, 53, of Clayton was arrested and is charged with homicide. He is in the Johnston County Jail.
FATAL CRASH IN SELMA (7-20-2014)
The Selma Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on US 70 East at Industrial Park Drive shortly after 2pm Saturday. The crash involved two vehicles and one person was killed. Selma Fire and Selma EMS also responded.
DEATH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN WAKE COUNTY (7-20-2014)
Wake County Sheriff’s investigators are working around the clock to determine exactly what happened at 236 Howard Road outside of Fuquay. Emergency workers were called to the residence at 1:10pm Saturday after a relative performed a welfare check. Sheriff Donnie Harrison told JOCOFIRE.COM that there were two deceased persons found inside the home and that law enforcement officers are looking for a Gold, 1995 Mitsubishi four door NC registration NWT5382. The victims have since been identified as 66 year old David McCoy and 78 year old Arthur Brown, both of whom reside at that residence. Sheriff Harrison indicated late last night that he believes someone forced entry into the residence. At this time, he is not saying how the gentlemen died.
GAS LEAK PROMPTS EVACUATIONS (7-19-2014)
Several downtown residents and a church were evacuated Saturday morning after a resident accidently cut a natural gas line while working on fence. The incident happened at 211 South Church Street shortly before 10am. The Clayton Fire Department quickly arrived and began evacuating the area. All of the residents in the 200 block of South Church Street and several workers at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church were evacuated as a precaution. Clayton PD assisted with traffic control by blocking Church Street at Second Street. Piedmont Natural Gas workers responded in about an hour and clamped off the line rendering the area safe.
TEENAGER EJECTED IN CRASH (7-18-2014)
An 18 year old female was seriously injured after being thrown from her car in this Friday afternoon crash. Wilson’s Mills firefighters arrived in the 200 block of Lee Road shortly after noon to find the young driver lying on the ground beside the vehicle. Johnston County EMS rushed her to WakeMed. The NCSHP is investigating the crash.
FATAL MVC- CLAYTON (7-16-2014)
The Clayton Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred shortly after 7am this morning on Barber Mill Road at the intersection of Dairy Road. Emergency workers arrived to find the passenger unconscious and not breathing. CPR was initiated and the patient was rushed to WakeMed where they died. The driver was transported to JMC-Clayton and later transferred by JAS to WakeMed with serious injuries. Clayton Fire, Johnston County EMS and 50-210 EMS also responded to the scene.
CLAYTON HOSTS TRAINING FOR NEW FIREFIGHTERS (7-12-2014)
Clayton Firefighters Brian Buckman (center) and Stephen Smith (right) demonstrate the use of rescue equipment to the new firefighters.
The Town of Clayton Fire Department hosted a Firefighter Orientation and Safety class at Clayton Station 1 this weekend. New recruits from Clayton FD along with a few from other departments attended the class that was taught through Johnston Community College.
TRUCK OVERTURNS – GARNER (7-11-2014)
A Krispy Kreme Doughnut delivery truck overturned around 11pm last night on the US 70 Bypass West Bound at the I-40 East Bound ramp. The driver received minor injuries and was transported by Wake County EMS to JMC-Clayton. SHP is investigating. Garner Fire also responded. A Johnston Ambulance Service unit returning to Craven County stopped and rendered aid until EMS arrived.
HOUSE FIRE NEAR MEADOW (7-9-2014)
There was a house fire near Meadow Wednesday evening on Holly Grove Road near Bear Road. Meadow FD, Benson FD, Blackman’s Crossroads FD and Johnston County EMS responded. Photo by Stephen Fowler/JOCOFIRE.COM
OCCUPANT EJECTED/PINNED IN RANCH RD CRASH (7-6-2014)
Clayton Fire, JCEMS and SHP were dispatched to a serious crash in the 200 block of Ranch Road early Sunday morning just around the corner from the home invasion and shooting. A vehicle with four occupants left the roadway, broke a power pole in half and overturned in the front yard of a residence, striking a parked car in the driveway. During the crash, a 25 year old male was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to lift the vehicle and free the injured patient. He was rushed by JCEMS to WakeMed. One of the other occupants was transported to a local hospital and everyone else refused transport. The Cleveland Fire Department responded with additional rescue equipment and personnel to assist. Clayton PD and JCSO also assisted on scene. See more pics at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets
HOME INVASION / SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION (7-6-2014)
JCSO was dispatched to a reported home invasion on Glenn Street off of Ranch Road outside of Clayton early Sunday morning. Deputies arrived to find a male subject with gunshot wounds. He was rushed by Johnston County EMS to WakeMed with serious injuries. Clayton PD responded to the scene to assist the deputies. JCSO is investigating the incident.
DRIVER ESCAPES FIERY CRASH WITH MINOR INJURIES (7-6-2014)
A driver received only minor injuries after a fiery crash on Cleveland Road shortly after midnight Sunday morning. The crash happened on Cleveland Road between NC 42 West and North Shiloh Road. The vehicle left the roadway, clipped the guide wire to a power pole, landed in the woods and caught fire. The driver was evaluated on scene and refused transport to the hospital. Cleveland Fire, JCEMS and SHP responded. Additional photos can be found at www.jocofire.com
and video is posted to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX-J0JeHMIE
TWO PEOPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WILSON’S MILLS CRASH (7-5-2014)
A family of four were struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at a high velocity on US 70, east bound at Swift Creek Road Saturday evening about 6:30pm. A 13 year old was pinned in the back seat and was rushed to WakeMed with serious injuries. One other person received serious injuries as a result of the crash. A total of 4 patients were transported by EMS. Wilson’s Mill Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, Selma EMS, Wilson’s Mills PD and SHP responded. Wilson’s Mills PD is handling the investigation. See video in full HD at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7MJ1GDT8pY
and additional photos at www.flickr.com/jocofire
FAMILY ESCAPES SERIOUS INURY IN US 70 CRASH (7-5-2014)
A family escaped serious injury after their vehicle left the roadway and ran into the woods on US 70 at Granny Farm Lane near the Johnston/Wake County line. Garner Fire, Wake County EMS and NCSHP responded to the scene. Everyone appeared to have only minor injuries.
SHOOTING IN SMITHFIELD (7-5-2014)
There was a shooting early Saturday morning at the Mambo Club in the 500-block of Brogden Rd in Smithfield. It is reported that a male was taken by private vehicle to Johnston Health in Smithfield with gunshot wounds. Smithfield Police and Johnston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene to investigate. An additional patient was evaluated by EMS on scene at the Mambo Club but was not transported.
TRAILER AND BRUSH FIRE (7-2-2014)
A trailer caught fire today and quickly spread into the woods on US 301 near South Johnston High School. The Benson, Elevation and Four Oaks fire departments responded.
TEENAGER WALKS AWAY FROM SERIOUS ARCHER LODGE CRASH (6-29-2014)
A 17 year old walked away from this crash Sunday night on Thanksgiving Fire Road near Covered Bridge Road. The crash happened around 11pm. Witnesses saw the driver pass several vehicles before the crash. The driver told bystanders on scene that he had been diving about 90 mph. The Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway, struck several trees, a driveway culvert and went airborne striking a Duke Energy power pole in mid-air before coming to rest. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Archer Lodge FD, Johnston County EMS and SHP responded. Trooper Bryan Barbour is investigating the crash.
CLAYTON FD AT WORK (6-29-2014)
I caught this photo of CFD Firefighter Bryan Belvin operating Engine 5 tonight. They were dispatched to an outside fire but arrived to find the fire was out on Averasboro Drive.
VEHICLE OVERTURNS – CLAYTON (6-22-2014)
Two people received minor injuries in this single vehicle crash Sunday night on Amelia Church Rd just outside of Clayton. Clayton Fire, Johnston County EMS, Clayton PD and SHP responded. SHP is investigating.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH NEAR MCGEE’S CROSSRADS (6-21-2014)
A 21 year old man was killed earlier today when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in the 3600-block of Old Fairground Road near Zack’s Mill Road. The motorcyclist died at the scene. 50-210 FD, 50-210 EMS, JCEMS, NCSHP and Johnston Ambulance Service responded to the scene. There are many more photos on my FLICKR site.
SERIOUS CRASH NEAR MEADOW (6-17-2014)
There was a serious crash on I-40 near the 334 mile marker Tuesday afternoon around 6pm. It was reported that a west bound passenger car left the roadway, struck the median cables and crossed them. In the process on of the occupant’s arms was amputated. Witnesses say good Samaritans applied a belt as a tourniquet to help until EMS arrived. Johnston County EMS 54 rushed the man to WakeMed for the treatment of his injuries. SHP is investigating. Meadow Fire Department assisted on scene.
DEPUTIES CITED FOR BRAVEY BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Two Johnston County Sheriff’s Office deputies were recently cited for bravery and were named Officers of the Month by Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle. Deputy Britton Lock and Deputy Chuck Arnold were cited for their bravery May 18th when they pulled a man from a burning car that had crashed near Four Oaks. While Deputy Arnold worked to extinguish the flames, Deputy Lock worked to pull the victim from his burning vehicle. “Deputy Arnold and Deputy Lock risked their own lives to save another,” Doyle said. Photo courtesy WTSB.
FIRE REPORTED BEHIND SMITHFIELD BUSINESS (6-15-2014)
Smithfield and Selma firefighters were called to a reported structure fire behind the Burgess Machine Shop at South Fifth Street and Dundee Street in Smithfield shortly after noon Sunday afternoon. Smithfield PD arrived reporting that two structures were involved. Firefighters arrived and quickly contained the blaze. Johnston County EMS also responded.
MOTORCYCLE CRASHES KILLING THE DRIVER (6-14-2014)
SHP received a report of a reckless driver on a motorcycle near Clayton, Saturday afternoon. A trooper spotted the motorcycle speeding on US 70 near Selma and gave chase. The driver lost control and crashed his motorcycle on US 70 near Community Drive in the Rosewood area of Wayne County and died at the scene. Wayne County EMS and Rosewood Fire Department also responded.
METH LABS FOUND IN FOUR OAKS HOTEL (6-14-2014)
Officers serving a warrant discovered not one but two meth labs actively cooking methamphetamines at the Travelers Inn on NC 96 at US 701, Saturday morning. Officers discovered the first meth lab and went to a neighboring room to evacuate the occupants and discovered them actively cooking methamphetamines as well. In all, 6 people were arrested and two small children were taken into the custody of DSS and transported by Four Oaks EMS to JMC-Smithfield. Johnston County Emergency Management responded to the scene to decontaminate everyone involved before they could be taken to jail or to the hospital. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Four Oaks PD, the NC SBI, Four Oaks Fire Department, Four Oaks EMS, and Johnston County Emergency Services all responded to the scene. WTSB photos
SERIOUS CRASH – ELEVATION (6-14-2014)
One man was injured when he crashed his vehicle into a tree in the 8000-blk of Raleigh Road, Saturday afternoon. The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was trapped inside until Elevation firefighters could free him using hydraulic tools. 50-210 EMS transported the man to WakeMed in Raleigh for the treatment of his injuries. Medic 3 also responded. SHP is investigating.
VEHICLE FIRE – CLAYTON (6-8-2014)
Clayton FD responded to a working vehicle fire on East Main Street near Lombard Street shortly after 1pm Sunday. Units arrived to find heavy fire conditions with flames shooting high in the air beside a two story historic building in downtown. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames and prevent the fire from spreading into the structure. Clayton PD provided traffic control and closed down Main Street for about an hour.
JUMP AND RUN MVC – CLEVELAND FD (6-8-2014)
The driver of this vehicle fled the scene prior to the arrival of emergency crews, Sunday morning just after midnight. Crews arrived to find a single vehicle crash with no one around the vehicle. Cleveland FD, JCEMS and SHP responded.
HOUSE FIRE – GARNER (6-7-2014)
Garner firefighters were called to a residential structure fire shortly after 8 tonight in the 400 block of Hilltop Avenue, just down from Garner Station 1. Units arrived to find a working fire and quickly extinguished same. An occupant of the house said he fell asleep while smoking. A Wake County fire investigator responded to the scene and Garner PD was also on scene. Garner Engine 1, Engine 3, Engine 4, Rescue 1, Battalion Chief 1, Raleigh Engine 10, and Wake County EMS also responded. There are a few more pics on my FLICKR page.
HOUSE FIRE - CLAYTON (6-1-2014)
Firefighters were called to a reported house fire on Nicklaus Way in the Willowbrook Subdivision near the Johnston/Wake County line Sunday evening. Clayton FD arrived to find fire in the crawlspace of the residence and smoke billowing out of the home. The fire was quickly extinguished and firefighters cleared the residence of smoke. The homeowner was treated by EMS crews on scene after collapsing. Clayton FD, Garner FD, Archer Lodge FD, Eastern Wake FD and Cleveland FD responded along with Johnston County EMS.
SERIOUS CRASH ON NC 222 WEST (6-1-2014)
There was a serious crash on NC 222 Hwy at Antioch Church Rd Sunday afternoon. The driver was rushed to WakeMed with a serious fracture to his arm. The passenger received minor injuries and was not transported. According to the passenger a vehicle ran them off the road and their Eclipse convertible overturned. Based on the damage, it’s a wonder anyone survived. Johnston County EMS, Antioch Fire, JCSO and SHP responded. SHP is investigating incident.
MOBILE HOME BURNS IN BENTONVILLE (5-31-2014)
A Saturday evening fire in the Bentonville community destroyed a mobile home. The homeowner told authorities that was cooking and had stepped outside for a moment. He returned to find the residence on fire. Firefighters quickly arrived and worked for several hours to get the fire extinguished. Extensive mutual aid was called in from Strickland’s Crossroads, Jordan’s Chapel, Newton Grove, Blackman’s Crossroads, Meadow and Vann Crossroads. Multiple EMS units responded from the Four Oaks and Johnston County EMS. One firefighter was treated on scene for a heat related illness; however, did not require hospitalization. The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene.
ELEVATION FIRE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY (5-31-2014)
The Elevation Fire Department celebrated 50 years of service Saturday with an open house. The event was well attended by members of the community, neighboring fire departments and other special guests. There were numerous activities for children, displays of fire equipment, a display by the North Carolina Forestry Service, and a display by 50-210 EMS.
Perhaps the highlight of the day was the presentation of awards to two firefighters. Mr. Jerry Allen of the Elevation community was recognized for 50 years of service to the fire department. He continues to be an active member and is well respected by firefighters all over Johnston County. He caught off guard and surprised by Fire Commissioner Chad Stewart who awarded him the Order of the Longleaf Pine. This award is the highest civilian honor awarded in the State of North Carolina by the Governor.
Firefighter Steven Moore was also recognized and presented with a $2,000 scholarship awarded by the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association. Steven is currently pursuing an associates degree in the fire service program at a local community college.
CLAYTON FD EXTRICATES PATIENT (5-27-2014)
Clayton FD did an outstanding job of extricating a patient Tuesday afternoon. Units responded to a crash in the 6000-blk of Little Creek Church Rd to find a vehicle overturned and an occupant’s arm reportedly pinned beneath the vehicle. The patient’s arm was freed and the roof was “flapped” to facilitate extrication of the patient. The patient was then transported by EMS to WakeMed. Check out the awesome job of vehicle stabilization in the photos. You can view the entire set at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets
. (Photos courtesy Clayton FD)
BRUSH/WOODS FIRE – BETHANY FD (5-27-2014)
Bethany Fire Department responded to grass fire in the 1200 block of Meadow Road today. Chief 3 established command of a working grass fire spreading into the woods. Bethany brush had fire attack and Bethany E3 established water supply. Engine 2 also responded. (Courtesy Roger Johnson/Bethany FD)
HOUSE FIRE – THANKSGIVING (5-25-2014)
Fire units arrived to find fire in the attic at this residence Sunday night in the 10,000 block of Buffalo Road. Firefighters were able to make an interior attack and extinguish the fire. A family was displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross. Fire Marshal Paul Whitehurst responded to the scene. Units responding included: Thanksgiving FD, Archer Lodge FD, Wilson’s Mills FD, Clayton FD, Selma EMS, Johnston County EMS, Johnston County Fire Marshal, Red Cross and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. (Contributed photo)
FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH – 50-210 (5-25-2014)
50-210 FD, EMS and SHP responded to a fatal motorcycle MVC on NC 210 at Peed Ln, Angier (Johnston Co) at approx. 0320 hrs. The single vehicle/single occupant left the roadway, struck a tree and some mailboxes ejecting the driver. The adult male reportedly had just left a party. He died enroute to the hospital on board EMS 22. Speed and alcohol are factors according to SHP.
EMS BANQUET (5-21-2014)
The Johnston County EMS System hosted its annual EMS Banquet tonight. The banquet was held in the auditorium lobby at Johnston Community College and was well attended by EMS personnel, Medical Responders, JCC leaders and JMC Hospital ER managers. There was a great presentation by cardiac arrest survivor Gordon Woodruff and his wife Debbie. The Johnston County EMS Association gave out two scholarships this year. One was given to Dale Johnson and the other to Jennifer Godwin. Cardiac arrest and childbirth awards were given out to many attendees. The following other awards were given:
Telecommunicator – Kellie Hare
Pioneer Award – Charles Strickland (In memory of Whitley Hood and Billy Byrd)
Education Award – Paul Gray (In memory of Karl Baker)
Community Service Award – Christy Corrothers (In memory of Michael Ray Jackson)
Dedicated Service Award – Tim Johnson (In memory of Luby Hocutt)
Excellence Award – Jason Thompson (In memory of David Eatman and David Edwards)——————————————————————————————————————
PARAMEDIC GRADUATION – JCC (5-20-2014)
Twenty three people graduated from Johnston Community College’s Paramedic Program this past Tuesday evening. JCC hosted a very nice ceremony with a keynote address by Dr. Ed Hartman, our EMS Medical Director. The grueling program lasts almost a year and requires 500 hours of clinical time in addition to their classroom work.
EMS HOSTS OPEN HOUSE (5-18-2014)
Johnston County EMS kicked off EMS Week by hosting an open house at their Clayton station. Festivities included displays from Johnston County EMS, Johnston County 911, Clayton Police and the Clayton Fire Department. Guests enjoyed popcorn, CPR education and a cardiac arrest demonstration. There are over 100 photos of the event posted to www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets
MOBILE HOME BURNS NEAR CORINTH HOLDERS (5-18-2014)
A mobile home was completely destroyed by fire Sunday morning around 3am on Richardson Road in northern Johnston County. Corinth Holders, Zebulon and Antioch fire department’s responded. Johnston County EMS stood by as well. The mobile home was abandoned and had no electricity going to it. The Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene to investigate the blaze.
DEPUTIES AND FIREFIGHTER SAVE MAN FROM BURNING VEHICLE (5-18-2014)
Johnston County Sheriff’s Deputies B.T. Lock and C. Arnold along with Four Oaks Firefighter Johnny Parker removed an injured man from his burning vehicle after he crashed around 1am Sunday morning. The wreck happened on Stewart Road just off Keen Road when the vehicle left the roadway, overturned and caught fire. Deputy Lock and Firefighter Parker removed the man as Deputy Arnold used a fire extinguisher to keep back flames. The man was rushed to WakeMed by Johnston County EMS. SHP is investigating the crash.
SERIOUS I-95 CRASH NEAR FOUR OAKS (5-9-2014)
There was a serious crash Friday night on I-95 near Four Oaks just after 7pm. It occurred in the south bound lane near the 83.5 mile marker when an SUV had a tire blow out and left the roadway, overturned and struck several large trees. There were seven occupants in the large SUV, 3 of whom were pinned or trapped in the wreckage. A total of four patients were transported (3 by ground, 1 by air). SHP is investigating the crash. Agencies responding: Four Oaks EMS and Four Oaks FD (Primary), then Johnston County EMS, Benson Fire, JCSO and SHP. Sherwood’s Towing responded for the vehicle. Video can be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35NJxZEAWOc
. Additional photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets
JOHNSTON COUNTY EMS TO HOST OPEN HOUSE
Please make plans to come by the JCEMS Clayton Main Station on Robertson Street on Sunday, May 18th from 2-4pm. Johnston County EMS is hosting an Open House event to kick off EMS Week. You can tour the station, get a free blood pressure check, and learn how to save a life with Hands-Only CPR. Andy the Ambulance will be there to interact with the kids! At 3pm there will be a full scale scenario performed by EMS crews that you will not want to miss!
WRECK CLOSES NORTH BOUND I-95 (5-5-2014)
A crash involving three vehicles closed down I-95 north bound just north of the Four Oaks exit this afternoon around 2:30pm. Two people were transported by EMS to JMC-Smithfield. One of the vehicles was a tractor trailer transporting a large load of plywood that spilled all over the interstate. SHP is investigating the crash and DOT responded to the scene to assist with the cleanup. Four Oak Fire, Smithfield Fire, Four Oaks EMS and Johnston County EMS responded to the scene. Four Oaks Police detoured traffic off at exit 87 and back onto I-95 at exit 90. This caused a huge traffic jam!
BENTONVILLE FD HOSTS FUNDRAISER (5-3-2014)
The Bentonville Fire Department hosted a BBQ and chicken fundraiser Saturday evening at their fire station. The fundraiser appeared to be well attended and the food was outstanding! _____________________________________________________________________
EMS PARTICIPATES IN PR EVENT IN CLAYTON (5-3-2014)
Johnston County EMS participated in a “Kids Day” public relations event at Lowe’s Foods in Clayton on Saturday. EMS personnel displayed their vehicles, equipment and distributed materials to the children.
MEDICAL RESPONDER TO EMT BRIDGE COURSE (4-27-2014)
There will be a Medical Responder to EMT bridge course hosted by the Four Oaks Fire Department starting tomorrow night at FOFD. The course will run Tuesday and Thursday nights with a couple of Saturday classes. The course is being taught by veteran firefighter/paramedic Edward Twigg. Edward is an excellent instructor and I encourage any of you who are current MR’s to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions, contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMALL PLANE CRASHES NEAR APEX (4-27-2014)
A small plane crashed shortly after taking off at a private airport on Air Park Drive off of US 64 near Apex Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said the plane took off, then the motor stopped and it crashed. Wake S.O. confirms that it was a man and his grandson who were involved. They crashed approximately 300 yards beyond the end of the runway in a thick wooded area that was luckily near a logging trail for access. Apex EMS transported both men to a local hospital for the treatment of what are believed to be minor injuries. Sheriff Donnie Harrison confirms that this is the same pilot who crashed at the same airport within the last year. Apex Fire, Apex EMS, Cary EMS, Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol responded to the scene. There’s a complete set of photos on FLICKR.
RV’S BURN IN APEX (4-27-2014)
Apex fire units responded to the 1800 block of Holt Road for a reported “commercial structure fire.” They arrived to find 3 RV’s and a boat burning. There was some heat damage to at least one more RV. Mutual aid departments were special called for tankers. Apex EMS assisted with rehab. See the full photo set on my FLICKR site and highlights on Facebook.
MVC ON I-40 IN GARNER (4-27-2014)
There was a serious crash on I-40 Sunday afternoon between the 307 and 308 on the east bound side. I don’t know all of the details but one vehicle overturned and it appears there is damage to at least one other. Garner FD, Wake EMS, Garner PD and SHP responded.
KENLY FD BBQ PORK CHOP FUNDRAISER (4-27-2014)
I had a great time in Kenly today at the Kenly FD’s annual BBQ pork chop fundraiser. There were a lot of people there and the food is great. Check out this photo of Shane Austin eating a nice, big pork chop! Check out the other photos on my FLICKR site!
DOUBLE FATAL CRASH – WENDELL (4-26-2014)
Shortly before 9pm Saturday night, emergency workers were called to Corbin Road outside of Wendell just before the Johnston County line for a serious crash. Units arrived to find a single vehicle crash, a Ford Crown Victoria versus a tree. There were two occupants and both were killed instantly. Wendell FD, Zebulon, FD, Eastern Wake EMS and Wake County EMS responded. SHP is investigating the crash. Wake and Johnston County deputies assisted with traffic control. More photos are at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets and video is posted here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4S84qTpels.
SPECS FOR THE NEW CLEVELAND ENGINE 3! (4-26-2014)
Here are the final specs for the new Cleveland Engine 3! It’s looking good and I really like that front bumper!
BICYCLIST STRUCK BY A CAR IN CLAYTON (4-23-2014)
A 13 year old boy was sent to the hospital after being struck by a motor vehicle on Barber Mill Road near Grovewood Drive around 9pm Wednesday night. The driver attempted to avoid two other kids on bicycles and in the process struck the 13 year old. The child was transported by EMS to Johnston Health of Clayton for what appear to be minor injuries. Clayton Police investigated the incident and advise that no charges will be filed. Johnston County EMS, Johnston County S.O. and Clayton Fire also assisted on scene. Video is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER6qWh78X0U.
LARGE FIRE IN FUQUAY-VARINA (4-23-2014)
Fuquay-Varina firefighters were called to a structure and outside fire off of Holland Road at the end of White Star Drive Wednesday evening. Firefighters arrived to find an old homestead deep in the woods including a house and several outbuildings that were on fire. The fire had also spread to approximately one acre of woods. Mutual aid brush trucks and tankers were called from Northwest Harnett and Holly Springs. Wake County EMS also stood by on scene. A fire investigator from Wake County was on scene as well. There are lots of pics on FLICKR and video can bee seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLNxQwhjq3E.
TRAGIC ACCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIFE OF CLEVELAND MAN (4-23-2014)
An elderly man was killed behind his home this afternoon after his tractor overturned on him. A neighbor told JOCOFIRE that he had just seen the victim a few minutes prior to the tragic accident and ran to assist when the victim’s wife called out for help. He said he lifted the tractor off of the man but it was too late to save him. 50-210 EMS, Cleveland Fire, JCEMS and JCSO responded. The Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident.
This is just a friendly reminder that the Kenly Fire Department is having their annual BBQ pork chop dinner from 10am to 2pm this Sunday at their station!! It’s only $7.00 per plate! That’s a great deal for a Sunday meal!
STRUCTURE FIRE – SELMA (4-23-2014)
Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire on Thorne Road just off of NC 96 Highway North shortly after noon today. Units arrived to find an abandoned residential dwelling fully involved and fire spreading to the surrounding woods. Defensive operations were initiated including the use of a deck gun and the fire was quickly extinguished. A Johnston County fire investigator was called to the scene. Responding units included: Selma FD E-10, E-11, Ch1; Thanksgiving E-2, R-1; Micro Brush 1. Selma EMS and JCEMS Medic 1 also assisted. The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control. See all of the photos at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
KITCHEN FIRE – GARNER (4-22-2014)
Garner and Raleigh fire units responded to a reported structure fire in the 100 block of Creech Road just off East Garner Road just before midnight. Units arrived to find there had been a small kitchen fire with some extension into the cabinets. There were no injuries. Responding units: Garner E1, E3, R1, BC1, Raleigh E10, Garner PD and Wake EMS. There are more pics on my FLICKR page.
DEPUTY AND RESIDENTS FIRED UPON – FOUR OAKS (4-22-2014)
A deputy responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Lee’s Union Church Road this afternoon about 3 pm. The deputy arrived and began to talk to the complainant when they were both fired upon from a resident across the street. The deputy and civilians sought shelter until back-up units arrived. Multiple law enforcement officers from several agencies responded to the urgent call for assistance. A short time later, the suspect put down his weapon and got on a riding lawn mower. Officers advanced on him and quickly took him into custody after a brief struggle and the use of a SHP taser. There were no reported injuries. Officers from JCSO, SHP, Clayton, Four Oaks, Selma, Smithfield, Wilson’s Mills and the Four Oaks EMS responded to assist. You can view additional pictures on my FLICKR site and video has been posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5r1B5Y5nSw.
FIRE STRIKES POPULAR RESTAURANT AT NC 42/NC 50 (4-22-2014)
Firefighters quickly extinguished a kitchen fire at the La Piazza Italian restaurant at 7277 NC 42 Hwy West this morning. They will hopefully be back open for business tomorrow. I slept through this one, but here is a photo courtesy of Chad Holland with 50-210 FD. If anyone hears calls like this, feel free to text me and wake me up! I do a pretty good job of listening but after my 24 hour shift, I usually sleep pretty hard.
PINE LEVEL FD HOSTS ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE 5K (4-19-2014)
The Pine Level Fire Department hosted its annual “Remembrance 5K” road race Saturday morning. Despite the rain, they had a great turnout. There were runners of all age groups that participated and even some dogs!
DWI CHECKPOINT IN KENLY (4-19-2014)
Kenly PD hosted a multi-agency DWI checkpoint Saturday night on North Church Street (US 301 Hwy N) just before the Wilson County line. 21 officers from Kenly PD, Clayton PD, Micro PD, Selma PD, Princeton PD, NCSHP, and DMV License and theft participated. The following charges were filed: 4-No Operator’s License, 2-Driving While License Revoked, 6-Expired Tags, 1-Resist Delay Obstruct, 4-Child Seat Belt Violations, 1-Window Tint Violation, 1-Failure to Appear, 2-Revoked Tags, 2-Inspection Violations, 1-Fail to Carry License.
VEHICLE FIRE – CLAYTON (4-18-2014)
Clayton firefighters were dispatched around 10:30 pm Friday night to Shotwell Road between Amelia Church Road and US 70 Business for a vehicle fire. Units arrived to find a small SUV with heavy fire showing. They quickly extinguished the blaze. Clayton PD responded to the scene and assisted with traffic control as the roadway was blocked for about 30 minutes. You can see more photos on my flickr site and you can see video of the fire being extinguished at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CxN4G1ahws.
METH LAB DISCOVERED NEAR CLAYTON (4-18-2014)
A large meth lab was discovered in the 100-block of Javelin Court in the Summerset Subdivision, off of Steel Bridge Road, southeast of Clayton Friday afternoon. Deputies responding to a reported domestic dispute discovered what they term, “a meth lab of exceptional size.” The couple residing there were arrested and decontaminated by Fire, EMS and Emergency Management officials. Andrew and Ryanne Gardner were then transported to the Johnston County Jail and charged with maintaining a dwelling to manufacture methamphetamine. The State Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene to assist with clean-up of the structure. Wilson’s Mills Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office spent most of the evening at the residence. Animal Services responded to remove at least one dog from the residence as well. Additional photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
SERIOUS CRASH BLOCKS NC 210 (4-12-2014)
A serious crash closed NC 210 Saturday evening between Cleveland Road and Swift Creek Road. The occupants were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Smithfield Fire Department using hydraulic tools. One person was rushed to WakeMed by Johnston County EMS with serious injuries. Another was transported to Johnston Health in Smithfield by 50-210 EMS. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Sheriff’s Office and Smithfield Police assisted with rerouting traffic around the scene. Additional photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets. Video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH0x7WJx00w.
ALBERT CREECH FAMILY FUNDRAISER – MICRO (4-12-2014)
Saturday was a beautiful day in Micro for the Albert Creech fundraiser event. There was a 5k run, fire truck pull and cornhole tournament along with several children’s activities. See the entire photo set at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
TRIPLE SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION IN SELMA (4-11-2014)
A triple shooting is under investigation in Selma tonight. Selma PD, Fire and EMS were summonsed to the 900 block of East Walnut Street near the Stanridge Apartments off of River Road. Police arrived to find an adult male victim with gunshot wounds. EMS transported him to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A short time later authorities were notified that a pregnant female had been transported by private vehicle to Johnston Health, prompting the hospital to go on lock down. Assistant was requested from Smithfield Police and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for crowd control on scene. Selma Police Chief Richard Cooper updated media tonight that a total of three people were shot. Chief Cooper says the shooting began as a “squirt gun” fight. Someone got mad and shot the pregnant female in the leg. The baby’s father in turn shot the shooter, also injuring a third person on scene. One person is in custody tonight and other arrests are possible.
GAS LEAK IN FUQUAY-VARINA (4-10-2014)
Fuquay-Varina firefighters responded to a gas leak about 2pm today on South Fuquay Avenue just a short distance from their fire station #1. It appears that a 3/4 inch gas service line to a residence was cut. The gas company was contacted and responded quickly to clamp off the line while firefighters stood ready and monitored the air. The leak was stopped within about 30 minutes. Fuquay-Varina PD blocked off the neighborhood until it was rendered safe.
HEROIC EFFORTS RECOGNIZED (4-9-2014)
The Town of Selma and Selma Fire Department recognized several firefighters and a 911 telecommunicator for their actions on two recent emergency scenes. The first award given was a lifesaving medal. It was awarded to Firefighter Brannan Barbee (top right photo, white shirt), Firefighter Brandon Gibbs (top right photo, blue shirt) and 911 Team Leader Jonathan Davis (bottom photo) for their combined efforts to rescue a Selma resident from his burning home at 813 East Lizzie Street on March 17, 2014. Selma Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel and Mayor Cheryl Oliver made the presentation at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Chief McDaniel said firefighters Barbee and Gibbs were on the scene within 3 minutes and 51 seconds while Davis was on the phone with the trapped resident giving him instructions to stay safe while waiting to be rescued. The Chief said Barbee single handedly deployed a fire hose, forced open the front door, and extinguished the fire from outside the residence while Firefighter Gibbs deployed a ladder to the second floor window and helped the resident escape.
The other incident was on March 26th on I-95 while responding mutual aid to Smithfield for a serious head-on crash. Firefighters Brannan Barbee, Zac Peele, Adam Harper and Shawn Ford (top left and center photos on scene) displayed true heroism when rescuing the pinned accident victims. Chief McDaniel and Mayor Oliver presented the firefighters with a unit citation for their actions. (information and some photos courtesy WTSB radio)
EXPLOSION AND FIRE REPORTED AT POST OFFICE (4-7-2014)
Around midnight, Raleigh and Durham Highway firefighters were dispatched to an explosion at Raleigh’s main post office and distribution center at 1 Floretta Place off of Westgate Road. The firefighters arrived to find a small fire and quickly brought it under control. A full HazMat assignment was dispatched along with multiple EMS units, Raleigh Police and Wake County Emergency Management. The caller reported to 911 that a package exploded causing a fire. Several people were evaluated by EMS.
LARGE BRUSH FIRE – ANTIOCH (4-4-2014)
Antioch firefighters arrived to find a large brush fire raging out of control Friday afternoon on NC 39 North. Bethany, Thanksgiving and the NC Forestry Service responded and helped contain the blaze. Approximately one acre of hay valued around $1500 was destroyed. (Photo by Mike Winslow)
DUMP TRUCK CRASHES NORTH OF SELMA (4-4-2014)
A dump truck crashed on NC 96 approximately 4 miles north of Selma, Friday morning. There were no injuries reported. There was a small diesel leak. Thanksgiving and Selma firefighters responded along with Johnston County Emergency Management. SHP investigated the crash.
ARCHER LODGE CRASH INJURES ONE (4-3-2014)
An evening crash in Archer Lodge sent one person to Rex Hospital with injuries. The crash occurred shortly before 7pm on Buffalo Road at Wyndfall Lane. Archer Lodge Fire, Johnston County EMS, JCSO and SHP responded.
MEADOW FD DONATES AED TO SCHOOL (4-3-2014)
Meadow Fire Department donated an AED (defibrillator) to Meadow Elementary School today. Firefighters from Meadow became aware that school leaders were trying very hard to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator after recent events at schools in Johnston County have raised an awareness of the need. During a meeting of the firefighters it was decided that the fire department would purchase and donate a defibrillator to the school. This type of partnership between local Fire/EMS and the schools is a great step toward making the community and school a safer place to be. (Contributed photo from Todd Parker)
HOUSE FIRE – SELMA (4-3-2014)
Selma firefighters were called to a residence on River Road at Walnut Street shortly after midnight for a reported structure fire. Firefighters arrived, made entry and quickly extinguished a small fire in a bedroom. Selma PD, Selma EMS and Smithfield Fire Department assisted on scene. The residents were not displaced and there were no injuries. The cause was under investigation.
TWO FIRES NEAR CORINTH HOLDERS TODAY (3-31-2014)
Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire under this mobile home on Will Road, Monday afternoon.
- Corinth Holders Fire Chief Larry Woodard assists Zebulon Firefighter Matthew Blackman extinguish a brush fire on Buck Road.
Corinth Holders, Zebulon and Antioch firefighters were dispatched to a reported mobile home fire in the 400 block of Will Road around 4pm. They arrived to find heavy smoke beneath the mobile home and quickly located the source and extinguished the fire. The Johnston County Fire Marshal was called to the scene. While on the scene of this incident a passer by stopped and advised of a brush fire on Buck Road near the county line. Units quickly cleared Will Road and responded. A working brush fire was located and quickly extinguished by Corinth, Zebulon and Antioch firefighters.
LIVE BURN – ELEVATION (3-30-2014)
The fire control class at Johnston Community College conducted live burn training on Raleigh Road in Elevation’s fire district Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from several departments participated including: Elevation, Cleveland, Four Oaks and Blackman’s Crossroads. The entire photo set has been posted to the FLICKR page.
PROPANE TRUCK OVERTURNS NEAR MCGEE’S CROSSROADS (3-27-2014)
A propane truck overturned Thursday afternoon just after 3pm on Raleigh Road across from Saint Mary’s Grove Church in the 7900 block. The McLamb’s LP Gas of Benson and Dunn driver received minor injuries and refused transport by EMS. 50-210 FD and Elevation FD stood ready to jump into action as a large wreck from Dunn placed the truck back on its wheels. 50-210 EMS, Johnston County EMS and SHP also responded. Johnston County deputies blocked Raleigh Road and detoured traffic onto Old Barbour Road for several hours.
HOUSE FIRE – FOUR OAKS (3-26-2014)
A Four Oaks man is homeless tonight after a brush fire spread to his mobile home in the 800-blk of Sandy Road shortly before dusk. The resident was treated for smoke inhalation but was not transported to the hospital. Firefighters from Blackman’s Crossroads, Strickland’s Crossroads and Four Oaks battled the blaze. (Contributed photo)
TWO KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH (3-26-2014)
Two people were killed early this morning in a crash on I-95 at the 95 mile marker in Smithfield. Witnesses say a north bound white Chevrolet Avalanche crossed the median in the air and struck a south bound van head-on shearing the roof off of the vehicle. There was a family of six in the avalanche including three children. They were all transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, five by ground and one child by air. There were three occupants in the van, two of which died instantly. The remaining passenger was transported with minor injuries. SHP is investigating the crash. Smithfield FD, Selma FD, Johnston County EMS, Selma EMS, and Four Oaks EMS responded. Law enforcement support to SHP was provided by Smithfield PD, Selma PD and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
SERIOUS HARNETT COUNTY CRASH (3-23-2014)
A Harnett County crash pinned two people in the wreckage and injured a total of four people Sunday afternoon shortly after 5pm at Benson Road and Young Road just outside of Johnston County. Angier-Black River firefighters arrived and called for mutual aid from West Johnston Fire Department. Harnett County EMS and Coats-Grove EMS responded to the scene as well. SHP is investigating and the extent of injuries is unknown.
SUNDAY MORNING CRASH INJURES FOUR (3-23-2014)
Four people were injured in a crash shortly after 9am Sunday morning on Jackson-King Road at Mount Pleasant Road in the Willow Spring area of Johnston County. 50-210 FD arrived to find someone pinned in one of the vehicles and had to utilize hydraulic tools to partially remove the roof and remove the doors from the driver side of the vehicle. Johnston County EMS, Harnett County EMS and Wake County EMS treated and transported the injured to WakeMed in Raleigh. SHP is investigating the crash; however, early indications are that a large pickup truck ran the stop sign striking the passenger car.
HARNETT COUNTY FIRE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME (3-22-2014)
Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire in the 7600 block of NC 27 East of Coats shortly after midnight Saturday morning. They arrived to find heavy fire conditions and called for additional tankers and manpower. Coats-Grove, Erwin, Angier-Black River, Buies Creek and Benson firefighters battled the blaze well into the morning. Harnett County fire investigators were called to the scene along with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. There is no official word on the cause of the blaze. The Red Cross is assisting the family who was displaced.
VAUSE IS OFFICER OF THE MONTH (3-22-2014)
In Monday night’s Clayton Town Council meeting, Clayton Police Officer Justin Vause was surprised by Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle by being named “Officer of the Month” by the District Attorney’s Office. Vause began working with Clayton Police in 2008 and has had a K9 partner “Major” since last May. Vause is a second generation Clayton Police officer. His father Officer Joe Vause retired from the department after a long, heroic career service Clayton’s citizens. Vause is also a veteran EMS worker and continues to serve part-time as an EMT-I for Johnston County EMS. Doyle cited Vause’s passion and ability for ridding Clayton’s streets of drunk drivers among his best qualities. Clayton Major Jody McLeod told Officer Vause that his dad, who passed away last year, would be so proud of him. Clayton Town Councilman Jason Thompson said, “Joe Vause was a hero of mine. He walked tall and stood for what was right. I see those same qualities every time I see Officer Justin Vause. He continues a long legacy of stellar law enforcement service.” K9 Officer “Major” was given gourmet dog treats by the District Attorney’s Office for his contribution to the success of Officer Vause and the Clayton Police Department. (WTSB Photo)
CRASH WITH INJURIES – CLAYTON (3-20-2014)
A two vehicle crash on Amelia Church Rd at Corbett Road sent at least one person to the hospital yesterday afternoon. Clayton FD and JCEMS responded. (Photo by John Mullen)
TWO STRUCTURE FIRES IN HARNETT COUNTY (3-21-2014)
Buies Creek, Erwin and Coats-Grove firefighters responded to this blaze on Lennie Arnold Ln yesterday. Lillington FD was special called for RIT but cancelled enroute.
Harnett County firefighters were busy Thursday night and Friday morning with mobile home fires. The first was on Lennie Arnold Lane, Erwin address, at 2:58pm yesterday. The Buies Creek fire chief arrived first to find a single wide mobile home with a working fire. Coats-Grove and Erwin firefighters responded mutual aid and Lillington firefighters staged in Buies Creek to cover their district. The fire was quickly brought under control by first arriving units.
The second fire was on North Orange Street in Coats about 3:00 am this morning. Coats-Grove and Buies Creek firefighteters and EMS workers arrived to find a well involved mobile home. A family was displaced from this location and there were no reported injuries.
Gunman Robs Benson-Area Business (WTSB STORY)
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is looking for two suspects following the armed robbery of a Benson-area business Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after 5pm, a man wearing a black ski mask entered Jack’s Gas & Grocery at 7065 Highway 50 North, and pointed a shotgun at a 78 year-old clerk. Initially the clerk thought it was a hoax, but when the suspect fired the shotgun into the ceiling, the victim handed over an undisclosed amount of money, according to Tammy Amaon, Public Information Officer with the JCSO.
The suspect then fled in a silver older model Jeep Cherokee (pictured left) driven by a white female. Authorities described the gunman as a male, possibly Hispanic, 5 foot 9, 180 pounds, wearing a black coat and black mask.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. (Courtesy WTSB Radio)
SCHOOL BUS CRASH SENDS SEVERAL TO AREA HOSPITALS (3-19-2014)
There was a serious crash involving a school bus this morning directly in front of 50-210 Station 1 at NC 50 North and Greenleaf Rd. One person was seriously injured and pinned in their vehicle after they failed to yield for an on-coming truck. The truck and vehicle then collided with a school bus loaded with children. The driver of the car was cut from their vehicle and rushed to WakeMed. The driver and a passenger in the truck as well as the bus driver and several children were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. 50-210 FD, Elevation FD, 50-210 EMS, Four Oaks EMS, Johnston County EMS, Johnston County Emergency Management, NCSHP and JCSO all responded to the scene along with school officials.
CRASH INJURES TWO – THANKSGIVING (3-18-2014)
A crash on NC 42 East at Buffalo Road sent two people to area hospitals around 10:30 Tuesday night. A female who was driving the silver vehicle was transported to WakeMed as a trauma alert and a male who was driving the SUV was taken to JMC-Smithfield. Thanksgiving FD Engine 2, Rescue 1, JCEMS 11, 42 and NCSHP responded to the crash.
SELMA FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE MAN FROM BURNING HOME (3-17-2014)
Selma firefighters bravely rescued a man from his burning apartment on East Lizzie Street Monday morning. The man awoke in his upstairs bedroom to find smoke filling up his apartment and fire downstairs. He called 911 and told the telecommunicators that he was trapped in the fire. 911 telecommunicators obtained his exact location in the apartment and notified firefighters who were enroute exactly where to find the man. Upon arrival firefighters entered the home, found the victim and rescued him through an upstairs window while other firefighters were battling the blaze downstairs. The man was rushed to WakeMed by Selma EMS for treatment of smoke inhalation and glass cuts. Selma Police officers and Selma EMS members are credited with helping make the rescue possible by helping with the hoses and the ladder. The Smithfield Fire Department also responded to the fire. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation. This is outstanding teamwork by all agencies! (Contributed photo)
ARCHER LODGE ENGINE 3 (3-15-2014)
Archer Lodge Engine 3
Archer Lodge firefighters take advantage of the beautiful weather Saturday to clean and check-off apparatus.
HIGH WINDS KEEP FIREFIGHTERS BUSY (3-15-2014)
Thanksgiving and Wilson’s Mills brush trucks on New Creech Road
Antioch Firefighter Blake Hodge battles a brush fire on Whitley Road.
High winds kept firefighters in Johnston County busy all afternoon Saturday. Thanksgiving and Wilson’s Mills firefighters responded to a residence in the 300-block of New Creech Road just in time to save a house and several outbuildings from a fast-spreading brush fire. Antioch FD responded to the 1800-block of Whitley Road to help contain a controlled burn that had got out of hand.
JCSO INVESTIGATING MURDER-SUICIDE (3-14-2014)
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide on Deer Tracks Lane off of Wendell Road between Archer Lodge and Wendell. EMS crews responded to the residence around 3:30 pm and arrived to find two elderly residents deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The dead have been identified as 55-year-old Gerald Harris, and 52-year-old Pamela Howard according to the Sheriff.
SERIOUS SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH – BUIES CREEK (3-14-2014)
Buies Creek Fire and EMS units were dispatched to a serious crash on Marshbanks Street not far from the Buies Creek Fire Department early Friday morning. Prior to the arrival of Fire/Rescue units, Harnett County deputies on scene reported that there was one occupant pinned with serious injuries after striking a tree. Heavy extrication equipment was used to remove the doors and lift the dash off of the patient. Upon gaining access to the patient, EMS crews transported the victim to the closest hospital. There they met an air-medical helicopter that transported the patient to a Level I trauma center. SHP is investigating the crash. (Photo courtesy Buies Creek FD)
FUNDRAISER FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES – MICRO FD
Albert Creech needs your help!!! Check out the information here and come out to show your support!!!
MOBILE HOME FIRE – SELMA FD (3-12-2014)
Thanksgiving, Selma, and Wilson’s Mills firefighters responded to a mobile home fire in the 1200-blk of Live Oak Church Road earlier this evening just before the bad storms hit. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office. Selma EMS, JCEMS, and Johnston County Animal Services also responded to the scene. There were no injuries. A dog survived the blaze and was turned over to an animal control officer. (Contributed photos)
WOMAN JUMPS FROM MOVING VEHICLE (3-7-2014)
A 23 year old woman jumped from a moving vehicle on US 70 Business east bound near US 70 Bypass West about 4:30 Friday afternoon. The woman was rushed to WakeMed Trauma Center in Raleigh by Johnston County EMS. Wilson’s Mills Fire Department and SHP also responded. No charges are expected to be filed.
TEENAGER KILLED WHEN CAR OVERTURNS IN CREEK (3-2-2014)
A teenager was killed when the vehicle she was operating overturned in a creek Sunday morning before 8am. Thanksgiving FD, SHP and Selma EMS responded to the crash and found a vehicle completely submerged with only a door visible. Thanksgiving firefighters feverishly used the Jaws of Life to gain access to the patient; however, she had already died. She was reportedly on her way to church when the crash happened. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
VEHICLE OVERTURNS NEAR BLACKMAN’S CROSSROADS (3-2-2014)
Another crash happened about the same time Sunday morning on NC 96 Hwy South near Green Pasture Road. This crash involved a single vehicle as well. The driver refused transport by EMS to the ER. SHP is investigating.
CRASH INJURES ONE (3-2-2014)
One person was transported to JMC-Smithfield from this crash about 4:30am Sunday on US 701 Hwy South near Heath Road. The vehicle overturned off the roadway. SHP is investigating. Four Oaks Fire and Four Oaks EMS responded.
50-210 LADIES AUXILIARY SPAGHETTI SUPPER (2-27-2014)
The 50-210 Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary held a Relay For Life Spaghetti Supper Thursday night at 50-210 FD Station 1. Plates were sold for $7.00 and you could eat in or carry out. 50-210 FD has a very active ladies auxiliary and they do several fundraisers throughout the year. The meal was fantastic!
SERIOUS CRASH ON NC 210 SUNDAY NIGHT (2-23-2014)
A serious head-on crash closed NC 210 for over an hour Sunday night. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 8pm in the 500 block of NC 210 and arrived to find three people with serious injuries, trapped in their vehicles. All three victims were rushed to WakeMed, two by JCEMS and one by Duke Life Flight. Smithfield PD is investigating the crash. Smithfield FD, Wilson’s Mills FD and Johnston County EMS all responded to the scene. The full set of photos is on my FLICKR page and the video is now posted at www.youtube.com/jocofirenews.
4TH ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE GOLF TOURNAMENT – GARNER
Come on JOCO, let’s enter some teams! We have some great golfers!!! Check out this release from Garner Fire Rescue:
Garner Fire Rescue proudly presents the 4th Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held on March 29th, 2014 at Pine Hollow Golf Club. We will have our exciting putting contest and complimentary lunch starting at 11:00 with a shotgun start to follow at 12:00. This year our tournament prizes are better than ever. Tournament Champions will take home $1000 ! Our closest to the pin and longest drive contests will also be higher than ever. Please join us and help Garner Fire Rescue raise money for Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. Registration and Sponsorship information can be found on our website www.garnerfire.com on the main page at the bottom. Any further questions can be directed to Ronnie Correia at email@example.com
EQUIPMENT AND HAY BURN ON PARKERTOWN ROAD (2-20-2014)
Firefighters responded to Parkertown Road just off of US 301 Hwy South Thursday afternoon to a reported barn fire. They arrived to find farm equipment and hay on fire inside the barn. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries. Four Oaks FD, Elevation FD, Benson FD, Four Oaks EMS, JCEMS and the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office responded. There are more photos on my FLICKR page. (Photo by Stephen Langdon)
HAZMAT INCIDENT – SMITHFIELD (2-19-2014)
Firefighters responded to Omnisource Recycling on WalPat Road shortly before 1pm today for an unknown type chemical leak. Workers were moving scrap metal products when a 150 lb cylinder containing Chlorine was punctured. One worker was overcome and transported by ambulance. Three other workers went by private vehicle to Johnston Health. Smithfield Fire, Johnston County EMS, and Emergency Management secured the scene and evacuated the other workers. State Emergency Management and a Hazardous Materials team from the Raleigh Fire Department were special called. The HazMat team was able to determine that the substance was Chlorine and they patched the tank, stopping the leak. One worker remains hospitalized at WakeMed tonight.
EARLY MORNING FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY (2-17-2014)
A fire earlier this morning has displaced a family in the Elevation community. Around 8am Elevation, Benson and Four Oaks firefighters responded to a residence on North Walden Pond Road off of Federal Road. The complainant reported that her dryer was on fire. Firefighters arrived, made an interior attack and quickly extinguished the blaze. Johnston County EMS responded to assist firefighters. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family. The full photo set can be viewed at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets.
TWO GOOD SAMARITANS KILLED IN I-40 CRASH (2-13-2014)
Two good Samaritans were killed after being struck on I-40 at the 309 mile marker Thursday night. The incident occurred around 8pm when a semi tractor lost control and spun around in the ice. Two approaching passenger vehicles went down an embankment. Another tractor trailer and a passenger car stopped to aid the motorists. SHP Sergeant Jeff Gordon advised that a red Volvo came through and struck at least one of the good Samaritans and fled the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer that stopped to help died on the scene. The other person struck was transported to WakeMed by Wake County EMS and later died. The red Volvo was located a short time later by Raleigh Police and a suspect was taken into custody.
MICRO FD RECEIVE $165,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS (2-13-14)
US Representative Mike McIntyre announced Thursday the Micro Volunteer Fire Department has received $165,000 in federal funds for recruitment and job retention.
Congressman McIntyre stated, “Ensuring that our fire departments have the resources and tools they need to do their job is a priority for me, and I am pleased these funds are coming home to help the Micro Volunteer Fire Department. Congratulations to the department and all those who worked on this application.”
The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded these congressionally appropriated funds through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
Congressman McIntyre is a member of the Homeland Security, Fire Services, and First Responder Congressional Caucus. (Story by WTSB Radio)
Cleveland Fire Department Gets Tax Exempt Status For Truck Purchase
The Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department has been granted a $470,478 tax-exempt loan to purchase a 2014
Pierce Pumper Tanker. Fire Chief Chris Ellington presented the loan request Monday to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.The ten-year loan will consist of 120 monthly payments of $4,636.75 at an interest rate of 3.43 percent.
Ellington said a small Wayne County fire department is interested in purchasing the old truck. Ellington said his department was spending as much on maintenance due to wear and tear than they would be purchasing a new vehicle. (Story and photo courtesy WTSB)
GUY ROAD WRECK SENDS TWO TO THE HOSPITAL (2-10-2014)
Clayton Fire, JCEMS and SHP responded to this crash shortly before noon on Guy Road near the Wake County line. There were two occupants in this van that left the road and overturned. Both occupants were transported to JMC-Clayton for the treatment of their injuries.
SELMA CRASH INJURES SIX (2-9-2014)
Selma PD is investigating a serious crash that occurred around 4pm Sunday on South Pollock Street at Pine Drive. According to officers, the crash started when an 83 year old man struck two vehicles near food lion, possibly after suffering a medical emergency. Witnesses then say the unconscious driver continued down Pollock Street and crossed the center becoming involved in a second crash with two other vehicles. Six people were transported to area hospitals, including two who were rushed to WakeMed as traumas. Units on scene: Selma EMS 31, JCEMS 81, 91, Medic 1; Selma FD E11, T10, C1; Selma PD and JCSO.
SERIOUS CRASH ON WEST MARKET STREET (2-7-2014)
A serious crash shut down West Market Street near Wilson’s Mills Road, Friday evening. A passenger car and a commercial vehicle trailer collided injuring the driver of the car. After being extricated by Smithfield Fire-Rescue, they were transported to WakeMed for treatment by JCEMS. Smithfield PD is investigating the crash. There is an excellent set of contributed photos on www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets
CHIEF THOMAS “GERALD” LEE LAID TO REST (2-6-2014)
Chief Thomas “Gerald” Lee, a Four Oaks and Blackman’s Crossroads firefighter, and former Chief of FOFD and Assistant Chief of BXFD was laid to rest today with full firefighter’s honors. Emergency workers from Johnston and several other counties came to pay tribute to their fallen comrade who died Saturday morning after responding to an emergency call on Friday. The full set of photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/jocofire/sets (my photos). Lee Wilson’s photos can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/leewilson/sets. My video of the processions and funeral service can be seen at www.youtube.com/jocofirenews. I have been blessed to respond to calls with Gerald since the mid 1990′s and it has been an honor to serve the Lee family by photographing the events of this week for them.
ABANDONED HOUSE BURNS (2-5-2014)
Firefighters responded to an abandoned house on fire on Buffalo Road near Clark’s Pond Road, shortly before 11pm Wednesday night. Thanksgiving Car 2 arrived first and established command reporting that the fire appeared to be in one room and the attic. Selma Engine 10 was first-in and began an aggressive interior attack that quickly knocked down the fire. There were no injuries. Thanksgiving, Selma and Wilson’s Mills fire departments responded along with Johnston County EMS 11 and Medic 2. Fire Investigator Banks Wallace (FM3) responded to the scene to assist with investigating the blaze.
THOMAS GERALD LEE, FOUR OAKS (2-3-2014)
Thomas “Gerald” Lee, a firefighter and former Chief of Four Oaks Volunteer Fire Department died Saturday morning at home. Gerald had responded to a motor vehicle crash Friday morning. Gerald also was a volunteer with the Blackman’s Crossroads Fire Department. A visitation will be held from 5pm to 9pm Wednesday night at Beulah Hill Christian Church on Keen Road. The funeral will be Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. There will be a procession through Four Oaks prior to the burial. Please keep the Four Oaks and Blackman’s Crossroads Fire Department families in your prayers.
MINOR INJURIES IN SELMA CRASH (2-2-2014)
Two cars were involved in a crash on Buffalo Rd tonight just before sunset. There were a few people who received minor injuries in the crash and they were transported to JMC-Smithfield for treatment. Selma FD, Selma EMS, JCEMS and SHP responded. The full photo set is on my FLICKR site.
JCEMS CADET ACADEMY #2 IS UNDERWAY (2-2-2014)
The second cadet academy for Johnston County EMS began today at the Clayton Main EMS Station. EMS Captain Kim Grimes coordinates the program and is assisted by several JCEMS employees who serve as cadet advisors. EMS Division Chief Josh Holloman greeted the group today and taught an informational session including a history of EMS, and an overview of the EMS system in Johnston County. Chief Holloman says that the program has now reached its maximum number of 25 cadets. There is now a waiting list for future prospective cadets. JOCOFIRE.COM will follow their journey each week and post photos. You can see photos of today’s group by linking off of my photo page or checking out my Facebook site.
VEHICLE FIRE / 50-210 fd (1-24-2014)
50-210 Engine 4 and Brush 1 responded to a vehicle fire on I-40 east bound at the 317 mile marker early Friday morning. The Ford Mustang was fully involved upon arrival of fire apparatus. One of the occupants of the vehicle said she believes the fire started in the rear by the speakers. NCSHP responded to the scene as well as DOT for sand since the water was freezing to the road. It was 18 degrees when I was on scene!