Nine NC firefighters honored in national memorial service

EMMITSBURG, M.D. (WITN) - A national memorial service Sunday honored the firefighters across the country who died in the line of duty, nine of those firefighters were from North Carolina.

The 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service honored a total of 95 firefighters during a ceremony in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The event brought together hundreds of family members, friends and fellow firefighters to the national memorial site.

The U.S. Fire Service paid tribute to 75 firefighters who died in 2016, along with 20 others lost in past years and added each of their names to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

One of the firefighters recognized was from Eastern North Carolina. Prentice 'Jay' Tyndall who worked at Hugo Volunteer Fire & Rescue in Grifton now has his name engraved at the memorial site. Tyndall died on May 12, 2016 just days after helping fight a fire that caused him to fall ill.

The other North Carolina firefighters honored Sunday include:


  • Fire Chief David Britt from Severn Volunteer Fire Department

  • John Davis Jr. from Kenly Fire Department

  • Captain Bradley Long from Sherrills Ford-Terrill Fire and Rescue

  • Richard Michael Sheltra from Pineville-Morrow Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue

  • James Varnell from Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department

  • Joshua Warren from Alexis Fire Department

  • Joshua Woods from the Siler City Fire Department

  • Tommy Wright from the Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue


For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored go to weekend.firehero.org.