North Carolina Volunteer Dies at Event

Updated: 04-18-2006 04:33:21 PM


A volunteer firefighter in North Carolina collapsed and died at a standby Sunday in his hometown.
Willie Price, 58, a member of the Jamesville Community Fire Department, suffered an apparent heart attack while standing beside the pumper he had driven to the annual fireworks event, said Chief Randy Gardner.

An ambulance crew, also at the fireworks show, ran to his side immediately and initiated CPR. Gardner participated in the resuscitative effort.

Price was transported to Martin General Hospital in Williamston where he was pronounced dead.

A volunteer for 27 years, Price was very active in the company. "If there was a call or a meeting, he was there,” the chief said. “He had some heart problems, and was slowly getting back into things...We always have fireworks at Easter, and he took the truck."

Price, the father of a 16-year-old son, is the first member of his department to die in the line of duty.

A wake will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Biggs Funeral Home in Williamston, N.C. where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Departments wishing more information can call the Jamesville fire station at 252-792-4345.