This page is dedicated those firefighters of Locke Township who have sacrificed all

in their honorable efforts to save lives and protect property.


Lieutenant Carl Christopher “Cowboy” Phillips

died in the Line of Duty on August 27, 2015

– – – – –

Lt. Phillips suffered a cardiac arrest at his home following a call response to a motor vehicle accident in Mt. Ulla, NC.

Cowboy, as he was known, was a longtime member of Churchland Fire Department (Davidson County) before joining Locke in July of 2015.

Captain James Shue who died in the

Line of Duty on December 14, 1995.

James Shue


December 21,
1945 – December 14, 1995

Captain Shue (Jim) died as a result of a
fire apparatus accident while responding to an alarm for a smoke odor.
Jim was the first Rowan County volunteer firefighter to die in the line
of duty.  Brad Jordan (a junior firefighter at the time) was
seriously injured in the accident.  Brad continues to serve with the

Jason Brown


Robbie James Jr.
4-12-1970 – 5-18-2003


May God
bless the firefighters and emergency workers who died on September 11,

We will
never forget.

Brother when
you weep for me

that it was meant to be

Lay me down
and when you leave

I’ll be at your sleeve

In every
dark and choking hall

I’ll be
there as you slowly crawl

On every
roof in driving snow

I’ll hold
your coat and you will know

In cellars
hot with searing heat

At windows
where a gate you meet

In closets
where young children hide

You know
I’ll be there at your side

The house
from which I now respond

overstaffed with heroes gone

Men who
answered one last bell

Did the job
and did it well

As fireman
we understand

death’s a card dealt in our hand

A card we
hope we never play

But one we
hold there anyway

That card is
something we ignore

As we crawl
across a weakened floor

For we know
that we’re the only prayer

For anyone
that might be there

So remember
as you wipe your tears

The joy I
knew throughout the years

As I did
the job I loved to do

I pray that
thought will see you though