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Kenly firefighter dies after responding to car crash

Posted May 8, 2016

— A firefighter died Saturday evening after helping victims in a car crash, according to the Kenly Fire Department.

Officials say John Morris Davis, Jr., 45, suffered a heart attack after responding to a crash involving an overturned vehicle on Princeton Kenly Road. According to officials, Davis experienced chest pains and was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Davis was a volunteer firefighter at the Kenly Fire Department, where the flag flew at half-staff and his coat was hung up in his memory Sunday afternoon.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Little said Davis joined the department in 2003, moved away for a while, and recently came back as a volunteer firefighter. Little said Davis was so dedicated to service that he would come in to help on days he wasn't expected.

"He just loved doing the job and helping people in the community and anything he was asked to do, he did it without complaint and with love for everybody in the fire department and throughout this community," Little said.

Funeral arrangements are pending for Davis, who is survived by his wife and three children, brother and half-brother.


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  • Scott Thomas May 9, 2016
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    Thank you for putting the rest of us first. We dearly appreciate your sacrifice.

  • Arron Lee May 8, 2016
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    Thank you sir for your service to the community. Prayers for your family.

  • Janet Ghumri May 8, 2016
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    Our heroes are still human, even though they have the hearts of a lion! Bless his weary heart, and welcome him to rest in peace