07/30/11 277 W - + 7 - 3 Historical Database of Fallen Firefighters in North Carolina

Earlier this year, I had occasion to update my historical database of fallen firefighters in North Carolina. Same was created about five years ago, as the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation was preparing for their first annual memorial ceremony. The information in the database, however, is not an official representation of NCFFF information. Nor should it be considered an official representation of OSFM, USFA, or NFFF information.

There's an accompanying essay, written and published on FireNews.net in 2006. The database includes names, ages, ranks, death dates, department information, volunteer/career status, a short description of the incident, and select notes, including race and gender (if known) and burial information. Yours Truly has more information in his files, and may someday compile some historical statistics. Such as tallying the causes of deaths, the frequencies over periods of time, and such.

Sources for the information? That's been a bugger, over the years. Death certificates were located where possible, via microfilm at our local history library. Plus News & Observer or Raleigh Times articles on microfilme, which often mentioned firefighter fatalities statewide. Heck, even old Hose & Nozzle issues provided information, which were found during research at UNC over one winter break.

For more recent duty deaths, the online database of the USFA and NFFF have been useful. Some genealogical resources were used, where names were incomplete. Then further research and cross-referencing could continue. The sources are listed at the bottom of the database. As always, I welcome corrections and clarifications to the data. The objective is an accurate but still respectful representation of the fallen fire service members. View the database.

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