Firefighter Spotlight – August 2015 – Trey Lang

treylangName: Trey Lang

Rank: Firefighter

Date Joined: December 2013

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

When I was a kid I remember riding by the station and wanting to be a firefighter. I thought it would be so cool to fight fire and help my community.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

I enjoy being around my brothers and learning new things.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy riding four wheelers, going to the beach, fishing and hunting.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

Have fun and never turn down training opportunities.

 

Firefighter Spotlight – July 2015 – Brandon Ward

brandonwardName: Brandon Ward

Rank: Firefighter

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

To serve the people of my community.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

The brotherhood and camaraderie of the department.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love going to the range and firing weapons of all types.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?

I am a member of Richard Caswell #705 Masonic lodge and a member of the Lenoir County Shriners.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have traveled to 7 different countries.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

Make sure you have the time to devote to the department. The community depends on us to be well trained and to answer the call no matter what time day or night.

Tell us about your family:

I have been married to my wife Misty for ten years and we have two girls. My oldest is 9 and my youngest is 3.

Firefighter Spotlight – June 2015 – Danny Smith

dannysmithsrName: Danny Smith

Rank: Firefighter, Past Chief

 

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

When I was a little boy Uncle George would have me fill up the trucks with a water hose and he would always give me a Mountain Dew for doing that.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

North Lenoir is fast on response and very dependable. Great deal for the tax payers.

What do you like to do for fun?

Get in the motorhome and ride.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?

GTP Board of Directors and GTP Land Use Committee.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

If you’re not going to be committed, don’t join.

Tell us about your family:

I’m married to Myra. I have one son – Danny, Jr. – and 4 Daughters – Missy, Kristen, Kayla, Kelsey.  I also have 4 Grandchildren – Allyson, Lindsey, Woods, and Wade.

Firefighter Spotlight – May 2015 – Kristen McKinley

kristenmckinleyName: Kristin McKinley

Rank: Firefighter, Board Member

Date Joined: 2010

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

Once I decided that I really wanted to become a firefighter, at age 42, I was told that if I wanted to learn and train hard then North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was where I needed to be. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

That so many different personalities can work together effectively with the common goal of helping someone on the worst day of their life.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to read, swim, work out, and spend time with my family.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?

I help out at The Kinston Community Council for the Arts whenever they need me.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am also an artist.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

It’s more work than people understand. There are classes along with the physical training and running calls. It is a commitment. The fire service changes how you see the world around you. If someone wants to join they need to take it seriously and respect the knowledge that the more experienced members share with them. That knowledge is priceless.

Tell us about your family:

I have been married to my husband Paul for over 23 years and we have 2 children. My son Max is 17 years old and is a junior firefighter. My daughter Molly is 23 years old and lives and works in Raleigh. We also have an 8 year old fur baby named Crash. He loves watching TV and is afraid of cats.

 

Firefighter Spotlight – April 2015 – Chase Reese

chasereeseName: Chase Reese
Rank: Firefighter
Date Joined: 2012

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I have always been interested in the fire service. I wanted to see what it was all about, so one day I went to North Lenoir Fire/Rescue and filled out an application. After I was voted on and started training, I knew what the fire service was all about. I was happy to go to meeting/training nights because we learned a new skill or got better at what we do each time.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
What I like most about North Lenoir is the brotherhood of the fire service. I know that if I ever need help with anything, my brothers will be there to help me out. I also enjoy the training. Soon after I joined, I knew I wanted to do this as a career. I am currently at Wilson Fire/Rescue Academy to become a professional firefighter.

What do you like to do for fun?
In my spare time I like to hunt, fish, and hang out with my friends. I also enjoy hanging out at the station and doing anything around the fire department to help.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
Some people are surprised when I tell them I am an Eagle Scout and have received all of my palms.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
If you are interested in joining the fire service, I encourage you to do it, but know that it takes a lot of dedication, and is a great responsibility. From the late night trainings and calls to just making sure that the trucks and station are cleaned.

 

Firefighter Spotlight – March 2015 – Marc Hamilton

marchamiltonName: Marc Hamilton
Rank: Firefighter
Date Joined: May 2014

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
It gave me an opportunity to give back to the community while doing something I loved.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I enjoy working with a diverse group of people that can still share a common goal of helping others while serving the community.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy hanging out with my friends and having a good one, but mostly I like fishing and hunting or anything outdoors with my buddies.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
Outside of the fire department, I attend East Carolina University full time where I am currently a Junior studying Criminal Justice.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I originally got started in the fire service in 2010 at Hugo VFR as a junior fireman. After serving there for 1 year as a junior firefighter and 2 years as firefighter, I found a new home at North Lenoir Fire Rescue.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
Go down to your local fire house and find out what it’s all about. If you are up for the challenge, make sure you can be 100% dedicated because lives and property in the community depend on you.

Tell us about your family:
I am a new uncle to my 1 year old niece, Bailey. Both of my parents have served in the military along with my brother in law who is currently serving in the Marine Corps.

Firefighter Spotlight – Logan O’Neal – February 2015

loganonealName: Logan O’Neal
Rank: Captain
Date Joined: August 2007

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I joined North Lenoir when I was 17 years old. At the time I had some friends that were already on the department so I joined up not really knowing what to expect. Little did I know at the time the impact that North Lenoir Fire & Rescue would have on my life some 8 years later! It has been one of the best decisions of my life.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
Where do I even begin? The ability to be there in the wake of someone in your community’s worst day and being able to help make a difference in their life is a feeling like none other. That gratitude is worth more than any amount of money that you could be paid.

The brotherhood of the fire service is 2nd to none. Knowing that you have roughly 50 other people in your family that will be there no matter what situation life throws your way means the world to me. The trust and bond that we have will last a lifetime.

The everyday challenge of the fire service is very intriguing to me. There is always something new that can be learned and I love that! The professionalism of operations and training at NLFR are just couple of reason I love my department.

What do you like to do for fun?
Outside of the fire department, I enjoy hunting, fishing, golfing, going the beach and just about anything else outdoors.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
Make sure that it is something that you are ready to commit to. The fire service is not something that you can go out and do half way. It takes commitment and dedication to receive the training necessary and respond to calls in the middle of the night. If you think you are up for the challenge then I strongly advise that you go out to your local department and pick up an application! It will change your life!

Firefighter Spotlight – Billy Youssef – January 2015

Billy (left) with his father Sam (right)

Billy (left) with his father Sam (right)

Name: Billy Youssef
Rank: Firefighter
Date Joined: March 2013

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I joined because I wanted to challenge my self and help my community.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I like the encouragement that leaders give you. They make you feel like family.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love to hunt and being outdoors.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I serve as the Co-chairman of North Lenoir Ducks Unlimited.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been to every continent in the world but Australia.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
Never give up, no matter how bad it hurts, because in the end it will pay off. The fire service is a great program to join. You have leaders and other members that will encourage you to be all you can be and they will never let you down.

Tell us about your family:
My family is from Brazil. They are a very loving and caring family. They inspire me in the fire service and they enjoy seeing pictures of us doing what we love to do.

Firefighter Spotlight – Jordan Manning – December 2014

jordanmanningName: Jordan Manning
Rank: Probationary Firefighter
Date Joined: Firefighter since March 2014

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I have been raised in North Lenoir. My dad, Billy Manning, and Papa, Mack Price, were firefighters here for many years, so North Lenoir is in my blood.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
What I like most is the brotherhood that everyone here shares. They will stop at nothing to push you until you know how to do the job correctly. Plus, North Lenoir is known for having the best training around.

What do you like to do for fun?
What I do for fun is hunt, spend time with family and friends, and hang around the fire house.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have been a member of three different fire departments and I responded to my first active call at 12 years old.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
I would advise anyone interested in helping their community to join NLFR.  It’s a great organization to be a part of and the brotherhood is like no other.

Tell us about your family:
I live with my mom, dad, and little brother. All of my family supports my love for the fire service and will continue to support me while I go through the Crystal Coast Fire Academy.

Firefighter Spotlight – Brent West – November 2014

brentwestName: Brent West
Rank: Firefighter
Date Joined: Firefighter since 2007

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
Some of my friends were Jr. Fireman at the time and talked me into joining. I’m really glad they did because it has given me a chance to give back to my community.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
The fellowship that comes with joining a fire department is like no other. Its a bond that anyone not on the fire department would not understand.

What do you like to do for fun?
Enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and my girlfriend. 

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
Mostly all I have time for is work and spending time at the fire department.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I am left handed.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
To come down and see if it’s something you would enjoy.  It can be a rewarding career for those that stick with it and learn about the different roles firefighters play on the fire ground.

Tell us about your family:
My dad is a welder and my mom works as an administrative assistant. I couldn’t have asked for better parents. They have always supported me in everything I wanted to do.