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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Pitt County Firefighters’ Association Awards

PITT COUNTY, N.C. – The Pitt County Firefighters’ Association annual “Ladies Night Dinner” was held February 5, 2024 at Parker’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church located at 3551 Greenville Blvd, Greenville, N.C.  Three awards were presented following the meal. 


The Pitt County Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Alex Caldaro of Winterville Fire-Rescue-EMS.  Caldaro has 12 years of service.


The Pitt County Fire Officer of the Year award was presented to Deputy Chief John McFarling of Eastern Pines Fire-Rescue-EMS.   Deputy Chief McFarling also has 12 years of service.   


Chief Gary Arnold of Eastern Pines Fire-Rescue-EMS was named the Pitt County Fire Chief of the Year.  Chief Arnold has served for 40 years.  


The awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support and leadership to their department and the community; contributing to the overall good and advancement of fire services in Pitt County for the previous 12 months. The selection committee is made up of individuals not currently in the Pitt County fire service.


“Each winner has gone above and beyond in their Leadership and Mentorship roles,” says David Moore, Pitt County Firefighters’ Association President / Chief, Winterville Fire-Rescue-EMS.


“Pitt County Emergency Management joins the Firefighters’ Association in congratulating all award recipients and further thanking all of the dedicated individuals who serve the residents of Pitt County every day,” says Randy Gentry, Director, Emergency Management. 


Emergency Management and the Firefighters’ Association are recruiting members for all rural volunteer fire departments.  Volunteer firefighters are community members who defend residences and businesses from structure fire tragedies.  The campaign calls for interested persons to visit to submit an interest form.  Training/education may be completed within one year and is no cost to participants.  Highschool students ages 14-17 years old, with parent/guardian permission, are encouraged to submit an interest form for the Junior Firefighter program.  


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For more information, contact PCEM at 252-902-3950.   


The Mission of Pitt County Government is to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of our community by advocating for and providing quality services in a friendly and cost-effective manner. Learn more: 



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