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    North Carolina Veteran Dies At Station House

    North Carolina Veteran Dies At Station House

    HEATHER CASPI
    Firehouse.Com News


    The Lumberton, NC Fire Department lost an 18-year veteran in the line of duty on Jan. 31.

    Thomas Earl Brooks, 48, had participated in a strenuous physical training activity in addition to running three calls during his shift. Firefighters awoke the next morning to find that Brooks had passed away. Officials said the cause of death would be released pending autopsy results.

    "He was the type of person you want to be around," said Capt. Joe Branch. "You would always laugh around him."

    Brooks had worked full time for the fire department since December 1983, and also worked part time for American Medical Response, doing patient transport.

    Branch said he was a member of the Robeson County Firemen's Association, the North Carolina Firemen's Association, was a state certified firefighter, an emergency medical technician at the defibrillator level, a hazmat level-one responder, and a state fire instructor.

    "He was a firefighter at heart. He lived the fire department," Branch said.

    Brooks also loved to go fishing, hunting, and camping, and hoped to share his passion for the outdoors with his two young sons, Thomas and Ethan.

    In addition to his sons, Brooks is survived by his wife Debra and his siblings Edward Locklear and Sarah Jane Locklear.

    Brooks was a major Super Bowl fan, and always loved to get together with his firefighter buddies to watch the big game. Branch said it was ironic that Brooks was buried on February 3, Super Bowl Sunday.

    The funeral was held at Mt. Airy Baptist Church at 3 p.m.

    A Memorial Fund has been established: Thomas Brooks Memorial Fund, C/o Chief Mike Cox, Lumberton Fire Department, P.O. Box 924, Lumberton, NC 28358.

    This is the Lumberton Fire Department's first line of duty death. The department has 48 shift personnel, four staff members, and operates out of four stations to protect a population of about 23,000.



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    Brooks, Thomas Earl

    Age: 48 Rank: Master Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 01/31/2002
    Incident Time: 06:00
    Death Date: 01/31/2002

    Cause of Death:
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Other
    Activity Type: Station Activity
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Lumberton Fire Department
    P.O. Box 924
    600 Cedar St.
    Lumberton, North Carolina 28358
    Chief: Mike Cox

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Brooks had participated in a strenuous physical training activity and 3 calls during his shift. When the shift woke up the next morning, Firefighter Brooks was found lifeless. Memorial Fund: Thomas Brooks Memorial Fund, C/o Chief Mike Cox, Lumberton Fire Department, P.O. Box 924, Lumberton, NC 28358


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