NC firefighter dies in off-duty fall from city building roof


Courtesy: Bladen County Sheriff;s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP/WBTW) – A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a firefighter has died after falling 15 feet (5 meters) from the roof of a water rescue building.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a Facebook post Tuesday that 37-year-old Mildred Gray Williams was working her day job with a construction company to replace the Bladen County Water Rescue building’s roof when she fell. She was a volunteer with both the White Lake Fire Department and the water rescue team but wasn’t on duty at the time.

Sheriff Jim McVicker said that following procedure, the accident has been reported to the Labor Department for investigation.

The Charlotte Observer reports responders escorted Williams to the hospital, placing fire truck ladders over the road in an arch with a flag hanging down in between.

“This is just a shock to the Emergency Services Community”, said Nathan Dowless, Emergency Services Director of Bladen County. “Gray was a firefighter and one of us. It’s tough when its one of our own, but we will work through this together” 

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