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Fire captain's funeral scheduled for Wednesday

Posted December 24, 2011

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— Raleigh Fire Captain Jonathan Scott Nipper will be laid to rest Wednesday in Raleigh. He died last week in a head-on crash of U.S. Highway 15 South and Dixon Road in Oxford.

Nipper was the captain of Engine 13 at Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Raleigh. 

His daughter, 10-year-old Gracie Nipper, was also in the vehicle. She was taken to Duke University Medical Center in Durham where she was listed in fair condition Saturday.

Nipper had been with the Raleigh Fire Department for the past 15 years. He became captain three years ago. 

The Raleigh Fire Department has lost three firefighters in the past three years to wrecks. Lt. Harry P. "Flip" Kissinger IV, 35, of Wake Forest, died Dec. 11, 2009, a week after a school bus struck the pickup truck he was driving. Kissinger was with Fire Station 6.

Firefighter Andrew Johnson died Dec. 5, 2008, from injuries sustained in an ATV wreck. 

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