RALEIGH - Appreciation dinner for Captain Wilbert “Tramp” Dunn at the Raleigh Convention Center, sponsored by the Wake County Association of Fire Chiefs (WCAFC). Presentation of colors by the Raleigh Fire Department Honor Guard. Entrance music by Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums.
Garner Fire Chief and WCAFC President Matt Poole opened the program and introduced emcee Swift Creek Fire Chief and retired Raleigh Asst. Chief Bryant Woodall. Garner Fire Captain Don Johnson sang the national anthem,
and Morrisville Fire Chaplin Ted Edwards provided the invocation.
Award presenters were Holly Springs Asst. Chief John Jones, Raleigh Asst. Chief and Fire Marshal Kendall Hocutt, Asst. State Fire Marshal Rick McIntyre, Wake County Fire Services Training Director Ricky Dorsey, and Wake County Fire Commission Member Robert Stagg.
They presented Tramp with a plaque of patches from all Wake County fire departments. He also received an axe plaque
from the WCAFC, the Wake County Firefighter's Association, and the Raleigh Fire Department.
He also received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the Governor, and a certificate of recognition from the Insurance Commissioner/State
Fire Marshal. Wake County Fire Services also named a leadership award in his honor, to be given at each fire academy. Mike Legeros photos.
About Captain Dunn
North Carolina native Captain Wilbert “Tramp” Dunn began his fire service career on July 10, 1974, upon entering the Raleigh Fire Department. He rose through the ranks to the position of Captain, and retired on April 1, 2003, with 28.7 years of service.
During his career in Raleigh, he worked in the Training Division, where he lead the EMS/rescue program for over a decade. He served as a fire academy instructor, and taught ten fire academies and 233 graduating firefighters.
He also worked for Beacon Ambulance, Wake County EMS, and the Wake Medical Center Emergency Room for over fifteen years. He was instrumental in introducing the defibrillator program to Wake County and the Raleigh Fire Department.
Captain Dunn worked for nearly twenty years as an instructor at the Wake County Fire Training Center in New Hill. He was employed by both Wake County Fire Services and Wake Technical Community College. Tramp also served as an instructor and consultant for the Wake County Fire Academy program, which started in 2008.
Over the decades, Captain Dunn has taught classes throughout North Carolina. He’s traveled the state as a fire service instructor for eighteen community colleges. He’s also a frequent speaker at public safety events. Most recently, he served as Fire Academy Coordinator for Central Carolina Community College in Sanford.
Captain Dunn has received various awards, including Fire Instructor of the Year from NC DOI/OSFM and EMS/Rescue Manager of the Year from NC OEMS.
He currently resides in Raleigh. He has two children, Jonita and Antonio, five grandchildren, four brothers, and five sisters.