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Newton mourns fallen firefighter

NEWTON, NC (June 7, 2016) – The city of Newton and the Newton Fire Department offer their deepest condolences to the family of Captain Bradley Long, who died during a search for a missing swimmer on Lake Norman on Monday, June 6.

Long, BradleyCaptain Long joined the Newton Fire Department as a part-time firefighter in June 2007. He became a full-time fire engineer in May 2011 and was promoted to fire captain in August 2015.

Captain Long began his firefighting career as a junior firefighter at Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue when he was 14 years old, and he continued to volunteer there.

Captain Long was a highly-trained and dedicated member of the Newton Fire Department. He was named Fireman of the Year by the Newton Elks Lodge this year.

“We are mourning the loss of Bradley,” Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder said. “He has been a valuable part of our department, and his impact will be remembered for many years to come by the Newton Fire Department family.”

“This is a very sad day for the city of Newton as we face the tragedy of losing a dedicated firefighter,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “Captain Bradley Long was loved by his fellow firefighters, and his loss is a reminder that these men and women put their lives on the line every day.”

Gov. Pat McCrory issued the following statement on Captain Long's death: “As a devoted full-time firefighter in Newton, Captain Bradley Long died doing what he loved. His death is a reminder of the risks our state’s fire and rescue personnel put themselves in every day. My sympathy and condolences go out to Captain Long’s family.”

The family of Captain Bradley Long will receive visitors at Mountain View Baptist Church in Maiden on Friday, June 10, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Captain Long’s family, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, and the City of Newton Fire Department will honor his life, service and sacrifice to the departments and to the community during a funeral service at Mountain View Baptist Church in Maiden on Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m.

Mountain View Baptist Church is at 5045 East Maiden Road, Maiden, N.C.