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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NC

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Chief Richard Leo "Ricky" Barbour has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Wilson Mills Fire & Rescue.

Richard Leo “Ricky” Barbour

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30
Date of Incident: 01/29/2011
Time of Incident: 1500hrs
Date of Death: 02/04/2011

Fire Department: Wilson's Mills Fire and Rescue
Address: 2550 Cleveland Rd, Smithfield, NC 27577
Fire Department Chief: Pending
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Chief Barbour responded to a woods fire on 01/29/2011. The following day (within 24 hours), Barbour experienced chest pains and was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, NC. Chief Barbour was treated at the hospital but never recovered from his injury and passed away just before midnight on 02/04/2011.

Incident Location: Lakewood Road, Smithfield, NC.

Funeral Arrangements: Visitation, 1800-2100hrs on 02/08/2011 at Wilson's Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek RD, Smithfield, NC 27577. Funeral service, 1100hrs on 02/09/2011, Wilson's Mills Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Knollwood Cemetery in Clayton NC 27520. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Ricky Barbour Grandchildren’s College Fund, c/o Four Oaks Bank, P. O. Box 309, Four Oaks, NC 27524.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Richard Leo “Ricky” Barbour at

To date, 17 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 15 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and two from a previous year’s incident. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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