Three Hickory Firefighters are retiring after 30 years of service. Ronnie Thick, Dwayne Starnes and Brent Stine have worked their way up through the ranks to now retire with multiple levels of training.
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A fire breaks out in your home while youâ€™re in bed.
How will you realize there is a fire in the home? Would it be through the smell of smoke or the sound of smoke detector going off?
Through the â€śGet Alarmed North Carolinaâ€ť grant, the Newton Fire Department can go into peopleâ€™s homes and test for the smoke and COD detectors.