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On-Duty Raleigh Firefighter Dies

Posted January 25, 2008

— A 27-year veteran of the Raleigh Fire Department became the department's first firefighter to die while on duty in more than 40 years.

Lt. Herman S. Jones was working at Fire Station 10 when a call came in last Friday night. Jones ran to respond to the call and felt some severe chest pains.

Jones was transported to WakeMed and then UNC Hospitals. Doctors determined that Jones had suffered a torn aorta, according to a spokesperson with the N.C. Fallen Fighters' Foundation.

He died in the hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Jones joined the Raleigh Fire Department in May 1980 and was promoted to lieutenant on June 16, 2001.

Jones' funeral will be held with the full trappings of a firefighter's funeral. Flags have been flown at half staff at Raleigh fire stations since Jones died.

Visitation and a memorial service will be held at Juniper Level Baptist Church, 9104 Sauls Road, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow immediately in the church cemetery.

Haywood Funeral Home was handling funeral arrangements.

Jones was the third firefighter in the Raleigh Fire Department's history to die while on duty.

On April 20, 1965, Lt. Paul Mimms, 41, died of an apparent heart attack while operating a pumper at a structure fire. On March 10, 1956, Lt. Vernon Smith, 44, died from injuries suffered after his pumper overturned on Nov. 14, 1952.


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  • pwalker2f2f Jan 25, 2008

    Lt. Jones, Thank you for your service and dedication. May GOD bless you and your family.

  • KniftyKnitter Jan 25, 2008

    I've been wondering why the flags were at half staff. (And it wasn't a firestation in Raleigh.)

    So sad! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jan 25, 2008

    God bless him and his family. He was a true hero.

  • Jokers Wild II Jan 25, 2008

    RIP Lt. Jones, Thank you for your dedication and service! May your family find peace in there time of need.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 25, 2008

    What a hero for serving and protecting the community like he did. My condolences to the family. Keep his memories going for it will always bring a smile to your face.

  • weasleyes Jan 25, 2008

    God Bless the family and friends of Mr. Jones. Our firefighters are unsung heros.

  • linnway Jan 25, 2008

    Ooh, that is very sad. Thoughts to friends and family.

  • Groovy Jan 25, 2008

    Sounds like he lived an honorable life, my condolences to his family.

  • drnc Jan 25, 2008

    God bless his family and fellow firefighters.

  • Gab Jan 25, 2008

    Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. And thank you for serving so long protecting and helping people in our community.