Veteran stands guard after break-ins target firefighters in Carolinas


The Flint Hill Fire Department is the latest on the list of fire department vehicle break-ins.

The York Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating a car break that happened at the Flint Hill Fire Department overnight in Fort Mill.

This latest break-in comes after other area fire departments were targeted, including agencies in Huntersville, Cornelius, Charlotte, China Grove, Mount Mourne and Kannapolis. 

WBTV spoke Monday with Bill Suthard, Public Information Officer at Huntersville Fire Department.

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Angela Hong, WSOC-TV:

This series of similar crimes has inspired Noda resident Woody Williams to act.

“I saw that the fire stations were having problems with the burglaries and break-ins,” Williams said. “I said, ‘They aren’t going to break into mine on my watch.’ Every time, I saw the fire truck go out, I would come over to Station 7 and post and hang around.”

Williams, an Army veteran, has been standing watch at Charlotte Fire Department Station 7. He says he’s just giving back to the firefighters who have given him so much.

“I had a small fire and they came and put that out,” Williams recalled. “Then I had some issues with my health and they came out to resuscitate me. Those are some scoundrels doing that. These [firefighters] are the guys that would even come help the burglar if he had a heart attack or had a fire.”

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