A Hero's Heartbreak

A volunteer firefighter found his wife dead when he responded to a hit-and-run call on a rural North Carolina road.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday that Jamie Kornegay of Penderlea Fire Department in Pender County was responding Monday to the call and found his wife lying in the road near their home.

Kornegay says 30-year-old Amy Suzanne Kornegay was on a regular walk with her cousin when she was struck by a pickup truck. The North Carolina Highway Patrol was investigating the incident and the 71-year-old driver hadn't been arrested.

Her husband said his wife was a substitute elementary school teacher and a part-time accounting clerk. The Kornegays had two sons.


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  • by Change... on Mar 13, 2010 at 04:03 AM
    This is another example that the driving tests should change as people age. Too many "accidents" are happening involving the elderely. I agree that some are more than responsible enough to drive. However, there are some SCARY elderly drivers out there that should have their license revoked. I don't understand how they aren't persuing more of an investigation. "Oops, sorry your poor young wife is dead, he's old." Why is this still happening? Driving into resaurants, gas stations, etc... new driving laws/testing for our elderly popluation is obviously necessary! Let the evidence speak!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jul 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    A HERO is defined as one who is willing to give up his life for another. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Feb 13, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Bob, relax. I have made my point. It's a moot subject.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Feb 13, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    The title of the news story is A HERO'S Heartbreak. The person who wrote the story is the one who labeled this person a hero. Do any of you know this gentleman? if not then how dare you question if he is a hero or not! The man came upon a very upsetting situation. You should be thanking your GOD it wasn't you! (that is if you believe in GOD). I would certainly say a firefighter,police officer or soldier is a hero, just by them doing something you will not. Who would you call in an emergency beside your mama! When they are called to duty, most of the time it can easily be life threatening. They NEVER get the credit they are due! my sympathy and prayers are with this family. I am just ashamed if the firefighter reads some of these derrogatory statements. Some of you should look into your hearts and put youself in this man's place. Feel what he must have felt!!!!!
  • by Rob Location: NC on Feb 13, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    Well, Fire 20, my point exactly. I love you narsasistic ego.
  • by Fire 20 Location: BCNC on Feb 13, 2009 at 03:15 AM
    FF Kornegay, from one brother to another,my condolences on your loss. What you have experienced is beyond words. Good firefighters are hard to come by, so if you so choose to leave the fire service, ALWAYS be proud of your accomplishments, and the many people you have helped. George W and Rob, what can I say about you two sorry excuses for human beings? George, there is no way you are a firefighter. I would bet the house you tried to become one of us, but you could not make the grade, therefore leaving a very bad taste in your big mouth. There is always basket weaving. Heck, you probably could not even do that right. Rob, never forget that your freedom of speech is due to many fallen warriors who sacraficed, and payed the ultimate price for your right to speak freely. But,why would you care, as neither of you know jack about sacrafice and compassion. Once again my brother, may God bless you, your sons, and all your family in this trying period. Stay strong, as I know you will. FTM-PTB
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    George W; you mean you are not the 43rd president, YOU are a fireman? That let all the air from my tire, now I'm flat, my, my such a disapointment.
  • by BT on Feb 12, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    george w is NOT a fellow fireman because he would not say the stupid things that he says.He would probably like to be one but can't find the courage. He IS brave however with a keyboard and an alias.
  • by Annie Nonomus Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    George, I don't think you are a fireman, but I feel confident that you are an idot. This is not funny. When I respond to calls and my family is away from the house I always worry if the call involves them.
  • by Tony Location: New York City on Feb 12, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    George if you are a fireman. I am the Pope stop the spin. My condolances to the Kornegay familly.
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