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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Fire Chief recognizes Officer and Deputy

A close up of Corporal Hamrick's plaque of appreciation

Fire Department Chief Ken Hair presented plaques of appreciation to Lenoir Police Department Corporal Joe Hamrick and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Deputy Paul Exon Tuesday night, Dec. 3, 2019, for their lifesaving efforts during a recent house fire.

Deputy Exon was the first to arrive on the scene of the house fire on Bradford Mountain Road in the early morning hours of Nov. 16. Deputy Exon was driving near the home when he heard the call for the fire. He immediately drove to the location. Deputy Exon said that no one was outside when he arrived, so he banged on the door to wake up the family inside. Thanks to Deputy Exon, the family woke up and got out of the house before flames engulfed the entire home.

As the family was leaving the house, Cpl. Hamrick arrived on the scene. The family told Deputy Exon and Cpl. Hamrick that several of their pets were still inside the house. Cpl. Hamrick and Deputy Exon entered the house and were able to save three family dogs.

Once the Lenoir Fire Department arrived, firefighters were able to put out the blaze, but the family lost everything.

"These officers went above and beyond the call of duty displaying heroism and courage to ensure the safety of the Clark family and their pets," Chief Hair said. "These two officers epitomize what it means to be true public servants." 

The plaques give a summary of the men's actions and end with, "On behalf of Lenoir Fire Department and the City of Lenoir, your efforts and actions will never be forgotten!" 

Read the full text of the plaques below.

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Corporal Hamrick and Deputy Exon pose with Chief Hair and City Council

From left: Fire Chief Ken Hair, Councilman David Stevens, Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas, Councilman Ben Willis, Corporal Joe Hamrick, Police Chief Brent Phelps, Deputy Paul Exon, Councilman Ralph Prestwood, Sheriff Alan Jones, and Councilmen Ike Perkins, Jonathan Beal, and Todd Perdue.

Chief Hair reads plaques of appreciation to Council while Corporal Hamrick and Deputy Exon look on.

Fire Chief Ken Hair reads the plaques of appreciation to City Council. From left: Deputy Paul Exon, Corporal Joe Hamrick, Police Chief Brent Phelps, Chief Hair, and Sheriff Alan Jones.

PRESENTED TO DEPUTY PAUL EXON
CALDWELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
DECEMBER 3, 2019

IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION AND DESERVING RECOGNITION OF YOUR ACT OF BRAVERY AND VALOR ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 15, 2019.

DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF NOVEMBER 15, 2019, LENOIR FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS RESPONDING TO A STRUCTURE FIRE LOCATED AT 1116 BRADFORD MOUNTAIN ROAD IN THE CITY LIMITS OF LENOIR.  WHILE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS ENROUTE, YOU ARRIVED ON THE SCENE  AND VERIFIED THAT THE HOUSE WHERE THE CLARK FAMILY RESIDED WAS INDEED ON FIRE.  NOTICING THAT THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOUSE WERE NOT TO BE FOUND, YOU ATTEMPTED TO ALERT THE CLARK FAMILY OF THE FIRE AND PROCEEDED TO ENTER THEIR HOME, THAT WAS WELL INVOLVED IN ACTIVE FIRE, WAKING ALL THREE FAMILY MEMBERS AND SUCCESSFULLY GETTING THEM TO SAFETY OUTSIDE AND AWAY FROM HARM.  

DEPUTY EXON, YOUR VALIANT EFFORTS DISPLAYED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2019, ENSURED THE LIVES OF THE CLARK FAMILY WERE SAVED AND ALL THREE COULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES TOGETHER AS A FAMILY.

ON BEHALF OF LENOIR FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF LENOIR, YOUR EFFORTS AND ACTIONS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!

PRESENTED TO CORPORAL JOE HAMRICK
LENOIR POLICE DEPARTMENT
DECEMBER 3, 2019

IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION AND DESERVING RECOGNITION OF YOUR ACT OF BRAVERY AND VALOR ON THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 15, 2019.

DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF NOVEMBER 15, 2019, LENOIR FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS RESPONDING TO A STRUCTURE FIRE LOCATED AT 1116 BRADFORD MOUNTAIN ROAD IN THE CITY LIMITS OF LENOIR.  WHILE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS ENROUTE, YOU ARRIVED ON THE SCENE OF THE FIRE AND NOTICED HEAVY FLAMES ON THE STRUCTURE AND A FELLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER HELPING TO GET A FAMILY OUT OF THE HOUSE TO SAFETY.  THE FAMILY WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR PETS THAT WERE STILL IN THE HOUSE. YOU ENTERED THE BURNING HOUSE AND WERE ABLE TO RETRIEVE SEVERAL OF THE FAMILY’S PETS AND GET THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE TO SAFETY. 

CORPORAL HAMRICK, YOUR VALIANT EFFORTS DISPLAYED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2019, ENSURED THE CLARK FAMILY DID NOT LOSE ALL OF THEIR FAMILY PETS AND COULD REBUILD THEIR LIVES TOGETHER.

ON BEHALF OF LENOIR FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF LENOIR, YOUR EFFORTS AND ACTIONS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!

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