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!