Donald “Reid” Key II

On Sunday, December 25, at 1617 hours, Station 51 was dispatched to an Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA). Lieutenant Key responded as the Driver of 516 (Tanker); however, was cancelled upon arrival by the Chief who had confirmed the AFA was accidental and no assistance was needed. Upon returning to the station, Lieutenant Key assisted several fellow firefighters with washing, cleaning equipment, repacking hose on 511 (returning from 2nd alarm structure fire). Later that evening after returning home, Lieutenant Key began experiencing a headache. The next morning (12/26/2016), the headache worsened, at which time Key’s wife drove him to Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. After being evaluated, Lieutenant Key was airlifted to UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital where he arrived midday (12/26/2016). He passed away at approximately 1345 hours on 12/27/2016. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Incident Location: 16 Hardee Lane, Whispering Pines, NC 28327 (U.S. National Grid: 17S PV 4832 0292 (DD: 35.258, -79.370))

Department Information

Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Department
16 Hardee Lane
U.S. National Grid: 17S PV 4832 0292
Whispering Pines, North Carolina 28327

Chief: Rich Lambdin

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 31 
Rank: Lieutenant 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Dec 25, 2016 13:45
Date of death: Dec 27, 2016 
Cause of death: Unknown 
Nature of death: Unknown 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty 
Fixed property use: Store/Office