Firefighter Spotlight – Aaron Kite – October 2014

aaronkiteName: Aaron Kite
Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Date Joined: Firefighter since 2010

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
One of the main reasons why I joined the fire department was because my best friend, Nick Holleman, was on as a junior. I saw how much fun he was having and how much he was learning so I decided that joining would be good for me also. I also was looking for a way to effectively make a difference in my community. What better way to do that than to join the fire department?

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
What I like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue is the amount of dedication every individual has to the fire department. No matter if it is getting a truck out to every call or spending extra time at the stations to make the building look professional, our members volunteer their own time to make us who we are. We deserve to have pride in what we do because of that dedication.

What do you like to do for fun?
Well, I guess you can say being at the fire department and running calls is kind of a given for a firefighter. When I am not working or in school, I enjoy spending time with family and my girlfriend. I also enjoy hunting and shooting.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I attend 902 Church so I also try to volunteer my time through the church as much as I can. I am also working on my Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology through Wilson Community College. 

What would people be surprised to know about you?
Not many people know I was actually born in Nashville, Tennessee. My family and I moved to Kinston when I was about three. My parents decided to move us back because this is where the majority of our family lives.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
I always thought being a firefighter is a family tradition kind of thing, and for some people it is. But when I joined, and I learned what it is all about, I found out it is much more than that. It is for anyone that wants to serve their community. I guess my best advice would be if you want to join do not let anyone talk you out of it, not even yourself. Sure, there were times I second guessed myself, but looking back now I am so glad I kept pushing. If being a firefighter is what you want to do, then get out there, go join, go train, and most of all be safe.

Tell us about your family:
I actually do not have any immediate family that is involved with the fire service. My dad works for Butterball in Mount Olive and my mother works for Lenoir Community College. I could not have asked for any better parents. I also have an awesome sister that goes to North Lenoir High School. When I decided to join the fire department they all backed me up and supported my decision. I do have extended family that is greatly involved with the fire service. They have been a huge inspiration to me as I have been building on my fire career.

Firefighter Spotlight – Walker Shelton – September 2014

walkersheltonName: Walker Shelton
Rank: Firefighter
Date Joined: Jr. Firefighter 2007-2010, Firefighter 2014

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I like helping people and it’s a great way to serve my community. I wanted to do my part in helping to keep my community safe and make a difference in peoples’ lives.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
The way the department operates and how we hold ourselves to a professional level whether it be at training or on the fire ground. Also, the training can be pretty intense at times, and can challenge you mentally and physically, but its rewarding to get through it. Being on the department is almost like having a second family. If I ever needed anything, I know all I would have to do is pick up the phone and call anyone on the fire department and they would be there.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to go hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. I also like working with wood, making duck calls, and carving duck decoys.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I am a member of Institute United Methodist Church. I was also involved with Boy Scout Troop 392 and received my Eagle Scout.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have a twin sister who is one minute older than me.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
Make sure its something you truly want to do. It takes a lot of time and effort, and it is a huge commitment.

Tell us about your family:
My dad works for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. My mom has her own business in Kinston and does embroidery and monogramming. My older brother works for Affordable Dentures in Kinston and my twin sister is a junior at East Carolina University.

Firefighter Spotlight – Lynn Hill – August 2014

lynnhillName: Lynn Hill
Rank: Firefighter. Previously served as Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief.
Date Joined: Jr. Fireman Sept 14, 1984 and Firefighter Sept 23, 1988

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
My Uncle James Smith and 2 other uncles where fireman so I decided to join to help protect our community and continue the family tradition.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
The fellowship and good times with all the guys. I feel that the training in our department is the best around and has always been.

What do you like to do for fun?
Go to beach, listen to music, grill out, and build websites.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I’m a member of St. John’s #4 Masonic Lodge, Kinston York Rite Chapters, and Knight Templar all located in Kinston. I served as past Master at St. John’s #4 Masonic Lodge.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
Always try and help people in need, mostly the children. Have done several fundraisers for people that have really needed the help.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
Learn as much as you can and always continue to learn about the fire service. There are always new techniques to learn to save your life and your fellow brothers. No one can ever learn too much about the fire service.

Tell us about your family:
Married to the love of my life Christi Gates Hill for 14 years. She has been my rock and support for me in the fire service and all things I do in life. She has supported me 110% in all my activities.

Firefighter Spotlight – Garrett Jones – July 2014

garrettjonesName: Garrett Jones
Rank: Firefighter
Date Joined: June 2012

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I knew some of the members and wanted to see if I was up for the challenge.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
This fire department allows me to better myself through training, work with some of the best fireman around, and make a difference where I live.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy being with my family and friends, traveling, and being outside.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
Boy Scouts, Troop 63 Eagle Scout in 2006

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
Find a department that is capable of challenging you in training and personal goals and then work as hard as you can to make that organization a better place.

Tell us about your family:
My family runs a Veterinary Hospital and cattle farm, my younger sister graduates from NC State in December, and we thrive on working together and NC State athletics.

Firefighter Spotlight – Gray Wiley – June 2014

Gray WileyName: Gray Wiley
Rank: Firefighter
Date Joined: January, 1985

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I enjoy serving my community and helping others.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I really enjoy the fellowship at North Lenoir Fire & Rescue and having the opportunity to serve others.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy camping and spending time with my family.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I am an active member at 902 Church.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
Set realistic goals that you can achieve and remember that it is all about serving others.

Tell us about your family:
I’m happily married to Neomi Wiley. My son, Lynn Wiley, serves as Assistant Chief at NLFR. I have 2 stepsons, Nicholas Kilpatrick and Ryan Turner, and 1 stepdaughter, Kelly Ingram. I’m the proud grandfather of 4 grandchildren; Matthew, Lexi, Brandon, and Dawson.

Firefighter Spotlight – Greg Arnette – May 2014

Greg Arnette

Name: Greg Arnette
Rank: Assistant Chief
Date Joined: 1996

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I grew up watching fire trucks go by and wanting, like every kid does, to one day be a firefighter. I had a few friends that encouraged me to join and having a 1st and 2nd cousin (Aaron and Brian Wade) being involved in NLFR motivated me to get my foot in the door.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
Doing the job. There is no greater reward than being a firefighter. It is probably one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs that there is. The job is constantly evolving and developing at a more rapid pace than it ever has. Now that I am older and have moved up in rank, I enjoy training and helping the younger generation develop firefighting and leadership skills, and hope that I can instill traits in them that they can pass on to the next generation.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy fishing, playing with my 2 boys, playing softball, and just being outdoors.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I am an active member of my church and help coach my kids Little League team.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I am an old fashioned guy. Very humble to be where I am and where I came from. I served as an Infantryman in the NC National Guard for 8 years and was on active duty for 2 of those years, serving 1 year in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
It takes time and dedication to do this job correctly. Be willing to study and learn the trade not only at training, but in your off time as well. Know and do your job, put pride in your self and the organization, and the rewards for that will be limitless.

Tell us about your family:
I have a beautiful wife of 9 years that has put up with me for 15 years. She is an elementary school teacher in this county and we have two beautiful boys, ages 4 and 6, that keep us going 24-7. We love to spend our weekends at the beach fishing. Kinston has always been our home.

Firefighter Spotlight – Trey Kornegay – April 2014

Trey Kornegay

Name: Trey Kornegay
Rank: Acting Captain
Date Joined: January, 2010

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
As a kid, I had a fascination with fire trucks and I have always enjoyed helping others in times of need.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
Everyone is like a brother to each other. Someone always has your back. I’m always amazed at the amount of dedication to helping others.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to be outdoors. I love fishing, hunting, wake-boarding, hiking, kayaking, and more.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I spend most my free time down at the fire department.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a really nice, “down to earth” person.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
There is no other feeling that compares to helping someone. It’s also the biggest adrenaline rush you can legally have. If you enjoy helping others in times of need, this is the job for you!

Tell us about your family.
My dad owns his own rental business and sells houses on the real estate market. My mom is a retired school teacher. I have one brother that is currently enrolled at NCSU.

Firefighter Spotlight – Tyler Moore – March 2014

Tyler Moore

Name: Tyler Moore
Rank: Deputy Fire Chief
Date Joined: February, 2002

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I was advised by Brian Wade, then a Battalion Chief with North Lenoir Fire & Rescue, that I should join the Junior Firefighter program. He told me that it was fun and that I had the ability to help the community in the future with the proper guidance and knowledge.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?
I enjoy the fact that it empowers me to be a better person, and to be better than the competition through dedication in training. I love competition and winning, and I want to be an active part of making North Lenoir Fire & Rescue a better department.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy learning as much as I can about history and science.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?
I am very active in the fire department, and that is all I have time for outside of school and work.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I attribute all of my knowledge in this field and some of my life lessons to Brian Wade. Brian took took me under his wing, molded and guided me to be the individual I am today. It was a road paved with much “constructive criticism” and fun that I would never wish to take back. It was those lessons that enabled me to be a better person in life.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?
If you are looking for an adventure and are aspiring to help your community then there is no better job than to be in the fire service. This job requires dedication beyond the grasp of many. A life in the fire service will prepare your mind for future battles you may encounter in life. I know that it has helped me in my life. This job is a thankless one, but we do not do this for the “thank yous” or “atta boys.” We do this because of our love of public service, our vision to do something that is bigger than us, and most importantly to be better than average. If someone is looking for some place to hang out and socialize, this is not the job for you.

Tell us about your family.
My parents are Tony and Judy Moore. I have an older sister, Jony, and older brother, Tony. My father was a member of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue when he was younger (late teens early twenties). He told me once about a fire that he went to when he was younger. I didn’t found out that he was a member until after I had joined the fire department. My parents have lived inside North Lenoir’s Fire District since I was born in 1988. I’m married to my best friend, Brittany.

Editor’s Note: In addition to volunteering with North Lenoir Fire & Rescue, Tyler is a career firefighter with the Wilson Fire Department, where he has served since 2008.