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.

Department Information

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

Chief: Kelly Harris

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.
Age: 24 
Rank: Firefghter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Sep 16, 2014 17:05
Date of death: Sep 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