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Deputy Enters Burning House, Tries to Save Elderly Man

Posted January 24, 2008

— A man was found dead early Thursday morning after a house fire from which a Halifax County sheriff's deputy had tried unsuccessfully to save him.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Enfield Fire Department were called to the house on James Williams Farm Road at 2:11 a.m. after a neighbor saw the house on fire.

Deputy C. Jenkins was the first to arrive and was told that Wilson Williams, 77, was still inside. Jenkins went into the burning house and tried several times to enter Williams’ bedroom, but flames and smoke kept him back, officials said.

Firefighters found Williams’ body in the house.

The sheriff's office was investigating with assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation's arson investigation unit.


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  • COPs eye Jan 25, 2008

    Your very attempt to saving another person's life without regards to your own safety is a credit to you and our profession. My best wishes to the Williams family for their loss. My best wishes and thoughts to Deputy Jenkins. We are proud of you for trying.

  • anonemoose Jan 24, 2008

    Good try Deputy Jenkins, although I'm sorry that it was unsuccessful.

  • personality Jan 24, 2008

    GodBless the officer and victims family.........words can never express the appreciation for law enforcement, firefighters, and medical personnel who help people everyday.

    Thanks for all who serve others!

  • Meandmytwo Jan 24, 2008

    This is such a tragedy. My heart goes out to the family. Way to go deputy.

  • goodbyegirl07 Jan 24, 2008

    First I offer my condolences to the Williams' family. I would also like to say that Deputy Jenkins is very dedicated to his job and the safety and well being of all the citizens of the area to which he is assigned. In his previous comment Deputy Jenkins said that this is his job. That is true. But let me assure you, he puts his heart and soul into it. He is 24 years old and has seen things that no one should ever have to see. I am VERY PROUD of Officer Jenkins...he has a heart of gold. I should know...I'm his mother.

  • Historians 12th Jan 24, 2008

    Thank You Deputy Jenkins! You efforts are appreciated and very commendable.

  • littlebitszx2 Jan 24, 2008

    this is deputy jenkins. first of all i would like to say thank you for keeping the family and myself in your thoughts. what i did is what i hope any other law enforcement officer in my situation would do. our job is not all about taking people to jail and seeing who can get the most charges in your department. when we take the oath it says nothing about i will only charge people and serve papers. i know it sounds corny but i guess the old saying "to PROTECT and serve" still stands true. im not brave. im not a hero. i just did what my job title says i should do. im not posting this to blow my own horn or ANYTHING of that nature so dont think that. i have to work night shift again tonight and if the same situation comes up i only hope i get there faster this time. thanks again for all the kind words. they sure do help after a long 12 hours.
    deputy c.t. jenkins
    halifax county sheriff's office

  • 3forme Jan 24, 2008

    just another day in the lives of the people who sacrifice all to keep us safe..many thanks to the families of those who serve..we appreciate you very much..

  • nghtstarz2 Jan 24, 2008

    Good try on the deputy's part, God bless him for his effort. Praying for Mr. Williams and his family.

  • hdsoftail Jan 24, 2008

    Great job for trying Mr. Jenkins, I have great respect for our sheriff deputys. Every heard of the hwy patrol doing anything like this? All they want to do is hassel people.