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Hero's salute

July 29, 2011

Fire and rescue personnel offered a heroes salute to Asheville Fire Capt. Jeff Bowen at the Conover Boulevard West bridge of I-40 on Friday afternoon. Bowen, 37, died after suffering serious injuries while trying to see if anyone was trapped inside a burning office building in Asheville on Thursday. As his body was transported from a Winston-Salem hospital to Asheville on Friday, area fire and rescue personnel manned Catawba County bridges crossing I-40 to salute the fallen firefighter. Above, personnel from Newton and Conover fire departments, Newton-Conover Rescue Squad and Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue among others stand at parade rest as the procession passes.


I don't see...

August 2, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 591

.. a pair of One Horse Towns, like Newton and Conover even have TWO seperate Fire Departments any way.

COmbine the TWO and make them primarily volunteer or Reserve manned witha limited full-time crew to operate the trucks. (Kinda like it USED to be and is done by departmetns all over the state TODAY!)

Impressive use of Taxpayer money

August 1, 2011 by Seymore Beaver (not verified), 3 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 585

Wouldn't a wreath suffice? Don't get me wrong as I feel sorry for the victim and the family but is this really a good use of taxpayer funds?

People have been questioning the expenses, policies, and practices of these very same fire departments for a long time and they have the nerve to not only go way out of their districts but to spend hard earned tax money on this display?

If million dollar ladder trucks are only used to hoist flags at the 4th of July, funerals, and parades then why do we have them? How can Newton and Sherrills Ford justify stripping their collective districts of fire protection for this?

Who really gained anything from this? This display was for the benefit of those who wasted our money.

The taxpayer in Catawba County is getting walked upon by our fire service. If we have money to buy needless trucks, huge flags, and can pay salary and fuel expenses for thses shows.....we need lower taxes and people who are financially responsible in charge.

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