Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half staff beginning Friday, February 11 until sunset on Saturday, February 12, 2022 in honor of Polly Watson Fire Chief James Radford who died in the line of duty on Saturday. Radford was promoted fire chief of the Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department in 2021. He also served as a lieutenant and safety officer for the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department where he joined in 1996.
Gov. Cooper said, “Our deep condolences are with the family, friends and Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department after the loss of Chief James Radford over the weekend. We’re grateful for his life and for all the first responders who work hard to keep us safe.”