Volunteer Firefighter Dies After March 11th Collapse

A volunteer firefighter, who suffered an apparent heart attack March 11th while fighting a brush fire in Nash County, died this weekend.

Greg Cooke was a 20 year veteran of the Salem Volunteer Fire Department.

Scott Rogers, Nash County assistant fire marshal, tells WITN News that Cooke died at Wake Med at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

Rogers says it's the first death of a Nash County volunteer firefighter in recent history.

The 60-year-old Cooke was also a 12 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

A graveside service will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Rocky Mount Memorial Park. Rogers says while area firefighters are welcome, the family has asked that only one fire truck, that from the Salem V.F.D., participate in the service.


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  • by Friend on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    My heart goes out to mr. cooke's family! I know this hard for his only daughter. His wife was my Kindergardten teacher and we affecionately called her Mrs. Cookie, she passed away a few years ago. They both were wonderful people who would do anything for you. They were active members in their church. The lord definately has added two more angels... RIP!
  • by concerned Location: goldsboro,nc on Mar 23, 2009 at 03:28 PM
    We should appreciate what these people do every single day for us.My heart goes out to the Cooke family.May God bless and heal this family.
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