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Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard

The Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard was established in 1965 with five members: District Chief Jim Jamison, John Klien, and Sonny Whitlock (Linemen for the Alarm Division), Fire Inspectors Vernon Greenhill, and Art Goldner. They performed their first official duties as the Honor Guard on July 13, 1965 for the funeral of retired Captain James Carl Wells at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

A period of dormancy then took place, and in approximately 1974 the Honor Guard started back up again upon the death of Captain John Hopkins under the direction of Battalion Chief Howard Wilson.   In 1987, Battalion Chief James Thompson took over the Honor Guard under direction from the Fire Chief.

For the next twenty years, the Charlotte Fire Dept Honor Guard became the public face of the department.  The group provided Honor Guard services for many area Fire departments when needed, as well as participated in National Fire Service events.  In 2006, Battalion Chief Thompson retired and Battalion Chief Lance Foulk assumed the role of honor guard commander.


Today, the Honor Guard has approximately 50 members and the mission remains the same; to serve the families of fallen firefighters, both active and retired. Additionally, the Honor Guard provides services for special events and has been featured on nationally televised NFL games.

Honor Guard member saluting

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