William Gray Parsons

Firefighters responded to the report of a structure fire in a residence. Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered a fire in a laundry room. The fire was knocked down when there was a report of an ill firefighter at the scene. Engineer Parsons responded as the driver of a tanker (tender). He began to feel ill during the response and complained to another firefighter about chest pains upon his arrival. Firefighters and paramedics provided treatment at the scene and Engineer Parsons was transported to a local hospital. He was flown to a regional care facility but died on February 1, 2009. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack. Incident Location: Amelia Drive (USNG: 17S MA 7952 0019).

Department Information

Millers Creek Fire Department
PO Box 829, 5200 Boone TRL
USNG: 17SMA77820478
Millers Creek, North Carolina 28651

Chief: Jason Smithey

William Gray Parsons was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 58 
Rank: Engineer 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Feb 1, 2009 23:30
Date of death: Jan 31, 2009 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Pump Operations 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential 

Memorial fund information

Memorials to the Gray Parsons Memorial Fund can be made through any North Carolina State Employees Credit Union (www.ncsecu.org).