02/25/12 353 W, 2 I - + 7 - 11 Last Call For Angus

On Thursday afternoon, a beloved and dedicated member of the Durham Highway Fire Department passed away. Angus Highway was 14 1/2 years old, and put to rest after saying goodbye to his friends and family at the fire station. He was the face of public fire education both at the fire station and for their many public visits near and far. His fire department family made the difficult decision as Angus had been suffering from seizures and arthritis is recent years.


A private memorial service was held at their fire station on Norwood Road. Angus' last call was transmitted on the radio, see below. His body was transported to a nearby animal hospital, escorted along Leesville Road with a procession of Durham Highway fire apparatus. Visit Angus' Facebook page to pay your respects and see media of Angus in life. See photos from Thursday by Mike Legeros and Lee Wilson. See also these FireNews and NBC 17 stories. Read earlier blog postings about Angus from December 2011 and April 2011.


The following announcement was read at the start of Thursday's ceremony by the Wake County dispatch channel by the Raleigh/Wake County Emergency Communications Center (listen to audio recording):

Raleigh Central all units and all stations, it is with deep sense of sadness that the members of the Durham Highway Fire Department announce the passing of long time member Angus.

Angus was a 14 1/2 year veteran of the fire department where he served as a proud member with great distinction in the public safety education program responsible for educating thousands.

Angus was more than a mascot, but a dedicated presence in the community and was quickly adopted by everyone who met him.

Angus executed his duties with distinction and will be greatly missed by the fire department, the community which he served, and the entire fire service brotherhood.

Thank you Angus for a job well done.

Raleigh Central to Angus...

Raleigh Central to Angus...

Raleigh Central to Angus…

God Speed Angus.

Communications is now clear at 16:14 hours.

RIP Angus. We all love you and miss you
268 - 02/27/12 - 02:56

Sad to hear that such a lovely soul has passed, RIP Angus.
David - 05/10/13 - 07:48

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