Firefighters receive state honors from NC Insurance Commissioner

Tabor City Fire Chief Jerry Hodges (from left) details the heroic actions of Jan. 2 to NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, TCFD Capt. Greg Cox, and Chief State Fire Marshal Brian Taylor. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     State honors were given to two Columbus County firefighters Thursday, one for heroism after pulling a neighbor from his fire-filled mobile home early this year, the other for a lifetime of service with multiple agencies.

     Tony Miller was handed The Order of the Guardian from NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey inside the Cerro Gordo Fire Department, where his career began in 1964.

     Capt. Greg Cox of the Tabor City Fire Department received The Commissioner’s Award for Heroism earlier in the day at his home fire station.

A presentation of The Order of the Guardian was made at Cerro Gordo Fire/Rescue Thursday afternoon. Taking part, from left, were Chief State Fire Marshal Brian Taylor, award recipient Tony Miller with his wife Sue, and NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

     Commissioner Causey had a full day of activities in the county, speaking during a Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Town Hall in Whiteville, stopping by several insurance agencies in Tabor City, visiting Chadbourn/Klondyke Fire/Rescue, and ending the tour in Fair Bluff on the site of the still-under-construction new Fair Bluff Fire/Rescue building.

     Look for much more on the honors for Cox and Miller, and Commissioner Causey’s day in Columbus County, in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.