Story & Photos: Six Troutman firefighters take oath to serve
BY BRANDY TEMPLETON
History was made in Troutman on Friday night.
“This is a first for the Firefighters Oath and badge pinning ceremony for our full-time firemen,” Fire Chief Wesley Morris said during a ceremony at Town Hall. “This is a new chapter in Troutman Fire Department and Rescue with hiring the first full-time firemen.”
Six new firefighters took the oath..
Phillip Crook, Lucas Wooten, Ryan Harrison, Jacob Stroud, Andrew Benfield, and Trevor Crisp were pinned by their family members.
Tammy Crook was beside herself trying to contain the excitement for her husband, Phillip Crook.
Phillip, 57, came out of retirement to do “what’s in his blood” once again.
After fighting fires in Concord for 30 years, he moved to Iredell County and served both the Monticello Fire Department and Troutman Fire Department.
“He’s doing what he loves,” Tammy said. “He’ll probably die doing this.”
Amy Crisp excitedly spoke about her son, Trevor, 26.
“He’s always been my kamikaze kid,” she joked. “He started volunteering here, and he just loves it.”
Chief Morris said that the fire department has set records for call volume. The department now has a four-person crew on duty around the clock.
“We are very excited,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having them as part of our family and team.”