South Salisbury Fire Department recognizes members

  • Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 12:31 p.m.
Cory Orbison
Cory Orbison

The South Salisbury Fire Department recently held its annual Firemen’s Banquet & Awards Ceremony at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. A meal was provided by Debbie Suggs Catering.

The department also held its first annual membership incentive program, recognizing members who attended trainings, obtained certifications and responded to incidents during 2013.


Fire Chief Cory Orbison presented the following awards for dedication of service to the department: Firefighter Kevin Williams, 30 years, and Capt. Jonathan McCaskill, 5 years.

Annually, South Salisbury Fire Department recognizes members who have gone above and beyond their requirements to provide service for the citizens they protect. Orbison presented awards to the following:

• Firefighter Justin Belk, the Harold V. Glover Firefighter of the Year award. Belk, who began his service as a volunteer firefighter in 2005, is currently working towards completion of his Firefighter II certification. “His commitment to this organization is greatly appreciated and his dedicated hard work will only enhance this department in the future,” a news release said.

• Capt. Matthew Hall, the Walter K. Shoaf Medical Responder of the Year award. Hall began his service as a volunteer firefighter in 2009. He was recently promoted to his current position “and continues to ensure we are providing the best level of medical care to patients within our fire district,” the news release said.

• Firefighter Jose “Luis” Ramirez, Jr., the G. Alexander Lyerly Rookie of the Year award. Ramirez began his service as a volunteer firefighter in 2013 and recently obtained his Emergency Medical Technician certification. “We greatly appreciate his service and look forward to his future as he continues to grow in this organization,” the news release said.

• Deputy Fire Chief Bobby “Skoshie” Burleyson, the Daniel W. Peters Officer of the Year award and the Kevin D. Williams Service Above Self award. Burleyson has more than 17 years of service with South Salisbury. He retired as an Engineer with Salisbury Fire Department in 2010 after 25 years.

Burleyson oversees fire department operations and “continues to go above and beyond the call of duty on a routine basis to ensure our community and citizens are provided the highest level of service,” the news release said.

The South Salisbury membership also recognized Orbison for 10 years of service as fire chief from December 2003 to December 2013. Orbison began his service as a volunteer firefighter in September 1988. A career fire captain with Salisbury Fire Department, Orbison was recently elected by the department membership to serve his 11th year as chief.

“We are fortunate to have the leadership and support of Chief Orbison as our department continues to grow and adapt to the ever changing fire service environment,” the news release said.

South Salisbury Fire Department is currently looking for men and women with a variety of backgrounds and abilities to serve as volunteer firefighters, medical responders, drivers and truck operators and support personnel.

The station is at 3207 Old Concord Road. For more information about volunteering, stop by the fire station or call 704-637-3873.

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