Carl “Cowboy” Christopher Phillips

Lieutenant Phillips was a member of the crew of Rescue 62. During lunch, Lieutenant Phillips complained of heartburn.

At 1632hrs, Rescue 62 was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash with entrapment. While at the scene, Lieutenant Phillips climbed up and down a steep embankment to access the scene several times. Temperatures were in the high 90’s. Rescue 62 was released from the scene at 1800hrs. Lieutenant Phillips went off-duty at approximately 1845hrs.

At approximately 0200hrs, Lieutenant Phillips died as the result of an aortic dissection at his home.

Incident Location: 900 Edmiston Road (and Back Creek), Mt. Ulla, NC (U.S. National Grid: 17S NV 22533 43192)

Department Information

Locke Township Fire Department
5405 Mooresville RD
U.S. National Grid: 17S NV 3735 4560
Salisbury, North Carolina 28147-7660

Chief: Rusty L. Alexander

Carl “Cowboy” Christopher Phillips 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: 41 
Rank: Lieutenant 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Aug 26, 2015 16:32
Date of death: Aug 27, 2015 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After 
Fixed property use: Street/Road