Fallen firefighters to be honored
by Erin Smith Staff writer
EMMITSBURG, Md. — Two fallen Bladen County firefighters will have their names, along with two others from the region, added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on Sunday, Oct. 6.
The names of John Hall and David Tatum are expected to be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial during a special ceremony at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg. The names of Hall and Tatum will join those of Cape Fear area firefighters Samuel Evans Sr. of Evans Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and Donald L. Suggs of the Summerville Bunnlevel Fire And Rescue, according to a release.
Hall served as the Bladen County deputy fire marshal and deputy fire chief of the Clarkton Fire Department. He was also a member of the Bladenboro Fire Department, an auxiliary member for the Elizabethtown Fire Department, worked with the Bladen County Emergency Services, and was the contact person for American Red Cross Disaster Relief in Bladen County.
Hall died from complications associated with heart-related issues. He reportedly became ill while responding to a house fire in the Carvers Creek community in November 2012.
Tatum was a lieutenant with the White Oak Fire Department and was a captain of Tar Heel Fire Department. He also served as an EMT with Tar Heel Rescue and president of the Bladen County Firefighter Association. In 2006, he was named Firefighter of the Year in Dublin. In 2011, he was named Firefighter of the Year in White Oak.
Tatum reportedly died after complaints of feeling ill while responding to a vehicle fire on Nov. 5, 2012.
A total of 73 names are expected to be added to the memorial. The families of those honored will receive flags flown from the U.S. Capitol and the National Memorial.
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