03/11/14 1465 W - + 2 - 1 National EMS Memorial Service Honorees


Became curious about EMS and rescue squad line-of-duty deaths in the prior Goldsboro Rescue Squad fatal accident story. Here's a tablular listing of emergency medical services personnel who have (a.) died on duty and (b.) have been honored by the National EMS Memorial Service. The entries are listed alphabetically, and linked to their detail pages on the NEMSMS site. Additional details have been added, here and there, from Google searches. Two additional incidents are included after the table, of air ambulance crashes not (yet) recognized by the memorial service. (Don't know if other legacy EMS and rescue duty deaths are missing, either. This is a new area of research for Yours Truly!)
  

Name Rank/Title Agency City County Age Death Date Cause of Death Other Notes
Bridgett Nicole Autry Firefighter/EMT? Herring Vol Fire & Medic Dept Clinton Sampson 18 June 13, 2002 Died at Sampson Regional Medical Center of injuries sustained in a traffic accident while responding to a structure fire.  
Anthony Barbee Lead Pilot AirCare, North Carolina Baptist Hospital Winston-Salem Forsyth 45 April 22, 1994 Air ambulance (helicopter) crashed into East River Mountain, seven miles from Mercer County Airport, WV, to pick up patient in Bluefield, WV. All four crew members killed.  
Gentry R. Blevins Medical Responder Helton Volunteer Ambulance Lansing Ashe 46 March 29, 1999 Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Fees Branch Road, while responding to a chest pain call.  
Paul I. Boyer III Paramedic Womack Army Medical Center Ambulance Services Fort Bragg Cumberland 54 October 22, 2009 Died of injuries sustained when the ambulance he was riding in, headed to the bases's Hoke County parachute zone, crashed into trees. He was riding in the front seat. The driver lost control of the vehicle and upon overcorrecting, struck nearby trees.  
Michael T. Browne   Acme Delco Riegelwood Fire-Rescue Riegelwood Columbus 24 November 16, 2006 Died of injuries sustained when a tornado struck, as he was leaving his residence to respond to an emergency medical call. He was an electrician by trade.
Karen L. Canada Flight nurse AirCare, North Carolina Baptist Hospital Winston-Salem Forsyth 38 April 22, 1994 Air ambulance (helicopter) crashed into East River Mountain, seven miles from Mercer County Airport, WV, to pick up patient in Bluefield, WV. All four crew members killed. She was a full-time flight nurse for AirCare.
Terry W. Carroll Medical First Responder or EMT Coats-Grove Fire & Rescue Coats Harnett 51 January 7, 2003 Died at the hospital, four days after suffering a heart attack at the scene of a medical call. After assisting with loading the patient, he was found slumped over in the driver's seat. He was rushed to the hospital, revived, and moved to the cardiac care unit. He passed away on the fourth day.  
Larry Doughton Crouse Paramedic Alleghany County EMS Aurora Alleghany 50 December 31, 2005 Died of a heart attack, while on duty at the station. He was found not breathing and without a pulse. He was employed by ACEMS.
Kenneth L. Davis EMT Goldsboro Rescue & EMS Goldsboro Wayne 27 November 7, 1976 Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle collision, when his rescue vehicle was returning from a call and was struck by a car. Two occupants of the automobile were also killed. The two other squad members in the unit received injuries. He worked for the city as a draftsman in the engineering department.
Claude  "C.C." Duvall Chief Pilot Dare Medflight, Dare County EMS Manteo Dare 53 March 26, 1989 Air ambulance (helicopter) returning from a patient transport to Norfolk struck unlighted cellular telephone tower under construction directly in flight path. Both crew members killed.  
Donna L. Eaton Nurse AirCare, North Carolina Baptist Hospital Winston-Salem Forsyth 33 April 22, 1994 Air ambulance (helicopter) crashed into East River Mountain, seven miles from Mercer County Airport, WV, to pick up patient in Bluefield, WV. All four crew members killed.  
Joseph L. Griffin Paramedic First Health Carolinas EMS Pittsboro Chatham 34 February 2, 2004 Died of a heart attack at the station. He was found unresponsive by his partner at Base #2, after a medical call was received. He was a full-time paramedic.
Carl E. "Buggs" Hensley Captain Piedmont Triad Ambulance & Rescue High Point Guilford 59 March 16, 1991 Died of a heart attack during a training session on mountain rescue. He was retired from Western Electric, and an employee of Guilford EMS.
James M. Hickman EMT Goldsboro Rescue & EMS Goldsboro Wayne 35 March 28, 1976 Drowned while attempting to rescue three fisherman whose boat had capsized below Fish Ladder Dam on the Neuse River.  
James G. Hinson EMT Mebane Fire & Rescue Mebane Alamance 34 August 27, 1995 Drowning while attempting to rescue a motorist trapped in floodwaters on Highway 119.  
John A. Holland Pilot Duke Life Flight Durham Durham   October 16, 2000 Air ambulance (helicopter) crashed into a vacant lot in Burlington, while returning to base after department Alamance Regional Medical Center, where the patient to be picked-up had been sent ahead by ambulance. While at the hospital, he notified maintenance personnel of a warning light indicating low oil. He was the only occupant aboard the craft.  
Michael R. Jackson EMT Mid-South Ambulance Service Smithfield Johnson   February 9, 1995 Died after being struck by two vehicles on Interstate 40 in Wake County. His unit traveling to Chapel Hill to pick up a patient. They stopped at a minor accident that had happened minutes earlier. Jackson was retrieving warning markers when a tractor-trailer rolled down an incline and struck the ambulance, pushing it forward. Jones was killed instantly, struck by both vehicles. Employed in a training position as Special Deputy with the Johnston County Sherriff's Department.
Eddie Jones Jr. Co-Captain Harrells Rescue Squad Harrells Sampson   March 3, 1992 Died of heart failure after suffering a severe asthma attack, after answering a non-emergency call at a local nursing home. Jones and three attendants carried a patient through a sandy area to the rescue vehicle. Upon arriving at their destination, Jones was found unresponsive after moving the truck. Employed as a service station owner.
Joe A. Jones   Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad and EMS Pilot Mountain Surry 72 February 12, 2007 Died of a heart attack while answering a call. Pronounced dead at an area hospital. He was retired from R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Harvey J. Lamm Paramedic Mt. Pleasant Rescue Squad Bailey Nash 39 May 2, 1991 Died of a heart attack while on a search and rescue call that last several days and nights, involving a heavily wooded area, with vast fields, and ponds that required dragging.  
Elaine P. Lyda EMT Clarkton Rescue Squad Clarkton Bladen 45 October 10, 1987 Died in a car accident, after she and her daughter were returning from a squad fundraising activity. She was killed instantly after a pick-up truck sped through a stop sign and struck her car. Employed by Joint Municipal Housing Cooperative in Elizabethtown.
Bonnie S. McNeil EMT Union Rescue Squad Willard Pender 50 May 14, 2009 Died after becoming ill, while preparing to leave the scene of a medical call.  
John L. Moore Chief, EMT-D Ellerbe Rescue Squad Ellerbe Richmond 42 August 19, 2002 Fatally injured at the scene of a single-car accident on US 220, when struck by a tractor-trailer truck that lost control and jack-knifed across the highway and struck him.  
John G. Rhodes Paramedic Randolph County EMS Asheboro Randolph 40 May 8, 2001 Suffered a cardiac arrest at the EMS base in Archdale. Became ill during a shirt report and was found by his co-workers in full arrest. Pronounced dead at High Point Regional Hospital. Full-time employee with RCEMS.
Wayne D. Rice Paramedic Dallas Rescue Squad Dallas Gaston   July 21, 1991. Died of injuries sustained in vehicle accident on July 20, when he and his close friend were returning from taking a portion of the state EMT exam. Rice owned a garage and radiator shop.
Stephen G. Richey Paramedic/EMT IV Forsyth Rescue Squad Winston-Salem Forsyth 33 September 25, 1984 Helicopter crashed during attempted rescue of construction worker trapped on top of a water tower. Both rescuer and pilot killed.  
Michael Travison Co-Pilot AirCare, North Carolina Baptist Hospital Winston-Salem Forsyth 32 April 22, 1994 Air ambulance (helicopter) crashed into East River Mountain, seven miles from Mercer County Airport, WV, to pick up patient in Bluefield, WV. All four crew members killed.  
Stephanie F. Willoughby Advanced/
Intermediate EMT
Dare Medflight, Dare County EMS Manteo Dare   March 26, 1989 Air ambulance (helicopter) returning from a patient transport to Norfolk struck unlighted cellular telephone tower under construction directly in flight path. Both crew members killed.  

 
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