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James “Monk” Vernon 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.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
James “Monk” Vernon Radford 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

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 fatal injury: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of fatal injury: Heart Attack
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: August 22, 2023