01/01/11 242 W - + 2 - 3 Updated: Bay Leaf Firefighter Fred Stephenson Passes Away

From the Bay Leaf Fire Department:

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Firefighter Fred "Pogo" Stephenson on Thursday December 30, 2010. Fred had a long career in the fire service and was an active member of the Bay Leaf Volunteer Fire Department in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Fred began his career with the Cary Rural Fire Department (Yrac) in 1963 where he worked his way up to the position of Fire Chief. He later joined Six Forks Road Volunteer Fire Department in 1968 where he held the positions of Firefighter, Captain and Assistant Chief.

Mr. Stephenson continued his fire department career as a full-time Captain with the Bay Leaf Volunteer Fire Department when the Six Forks Fire Department and Bay Leaf Fire Department merged in July 2002. He retired from full-time service in January  2004 but continued working part-time with the department as a driver until March 2010.

Fred was the senior of the only three generation family of active firefighters within the Bay Leaf Fire Department. He continued his service to his community as a volunteer firefighter until his passing.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Saturday update:

Arrangements for Fred Stephenson:

Sunday, January 2, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27604

Funeral Liturgy
Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11 a.m.
Hayes Barton United Methodist Church
2209 Fairview Road
Raleigh, NC 27608

Graveside service to follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

God bless the Stephenson family! You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Jason Lane - 12/31/10 - 11:15

Enjoyed passing the time at Bayleaf station 3, sitting on the back of the old dodge brushtruck listening to Pogo talk about ‘copters, the fire service and life. Our loss but Heavens gain, i’m sure he is telling the angels the stories now. Prayers go out to the Stephenson family and Bayleaf Fire Department. KC
gen3fire - 12/31/10 - 13:42

My Prayers go out to the Stephenson Family. may their hearts be comforted by God during this time of sorrow.
charlie - 12/31/10 - 15:12


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