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John Derek Gupton


Firefighter Gupton was driving the department’s 2,500 gallon tanker (tender) to a fire alarm incident. The apparatus left the roadway to the right and went into a ditch. The apparatus struck a culvert and rolled over. Firefighter Gupton, who was wearing a seat belt, was killed in the crash.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
John Derek Gupton 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.

Department information

Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department
4113 N. Carolina Highway 581
Spring Hope, North Carolina 27882

Chief: Kelly Harris

Age: 24
Rank: Firefghter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 16, 2014 17:05
Date of death: September 16, 2014
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: September 30, 2015