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It’s been a terrible week of loss within the North Carolina Firefighter community; three firefighters in the state of North Carolina have died. On behalf of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums family we extend our sincere condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of these men.

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Lieutenant David Tatum of the White Oak Fire Department, Bladen County Fire Station 61, had responded to a vehicle fire on 04 November 2012 and fell ill while at the fire. He left the scene and returned home, later collapsing. He was transported to a medical center and then later transferred to another facility where he was put on life support. He died around 13:00 hours Monday, November 5th.

Kernersville Fire Rescue Chief Walt Summerville died unexpectedly from a possible heart attack at his home shortly after leaving work Wednesday November 7, 2012. Chief Summerville started his fire service career in Boone, NC before being hired at Kernersville on January 13, 1987. He worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to Fire Chief on February 18, 2008.

A Deputy Fire Marshal with Bladen County Emergency Services passed away Wednesday night from heart issues. John McClelland Hall, age 48 of Bladenboro, became ill while responding to a house fire in the Carvers Creek Community Saturday. Hall had been on bed rest since the incident and was taken to the hospital Wednesday. Hall was also the Deputy Fire Chief of Clarkton Fire Department and was an active firefighter with Bladenboro Fire Department.

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