Funeral held for Johnston County firefighter, dad of 3 who died on duty

KENLY, N.C. (WNCN) – A funeral was held Thursday morning for a Johnston County volunteer firefighter who died while responding to a call on May 7.

The funeral was held at 11 a.m. at Kenly Funeral and Cremations. There were more than 35 fire departments from across the state gathered to honor the memory of John Davis Jr., 45.

“It’s a sad day for our department but it’s also uplifting to see all the support that we’re getting,” said Tim Little, assistant chief of the Kenly Fire Department.

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Davis was among fire crews that responded to a crash on Princeton-Kenly Road on Saturday.

Davis had chest pains while responding to the call. He was treated on the scene by EMS and was taken to the hospital. He died in the ambulance.

Davis worked as a volunteer firefighter in Kenly since 2003. In addition to his duties at the fire house, he also worked as a police officer.

Earlier this week, Davis’ body was escorted down Highway 70 from Raleigh to Kenly.

“John was a good example of a person that was dedicated as a volunteer to his community, serving his community and helping others and he gave his life doing that,” said Tim Pope, chief of the Bay Leaf Fire Department.

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Davis leaves behind a wife and three children. Davis was a volunteer firefighter in three different counties over 20 years.

Davis’ visitation was held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kenly Fire Department on First Street.

A burial service will be held at Center Ridge Presbyterian Church on Glendale Road in Kenly.

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