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James V. Radford


On Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, Chief James V. Radford was responding to the firehouse for a call in Wilson County. When he arrived, he suffered an apparent heart attack and crashed into a parked car in the fire station’s parking lot.  Firefighters rendered aid to Chief Radford who was then transported to the Wayne UNC Hospital where he passed away a short time later. Chief Radford was also a member of the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Department information

Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department
4825 NC 581 N
Fremont, North Carolina 27830

Chief: Acting Chief Robby Taylor

Age: 63
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: February 5, 2022 1:06 p.m.
Date of death: February 5, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: February 08, 2022