N.C. fire chief dies after medical emergency responding to call

James Radford was the Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department's chief and served with the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department

Duty Death: James V. Radford - [Fremont, North Carolina]

End of Service: 02/05/2022


By Leila Merrill

FREMONT, N.C. — Chief James Radford of the Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department died after an accident at the fire station Saturday, WNCN reported.

Radford was responding to an emergency call in Wilson County by first going to the station.

Chief James Radford of the Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department had a medical emergency while responding to a call.
Chief James Radford of the Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department had a medical emergency while responding to a call. (Photo/Wayne County Firefighters' Association)

“As he arrived at the station, he suffered an apparent medical emergency and his vehicle collided with a parked vehicle in the fire station’s parking lot,” Wayne County spokesman Joel Gillie said in a news release.

Firefighters opened his vehicle and tried to help Radford. He was transported to Wayne UNC Hospital, where he died Saturday surrounded by family, according to the news release.

Radford also served with the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department.

 

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