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A distinguished fire service career began in 1984 for Captain David Anthony Heath when he served as a volunteer with Bonnie Doone Fire/Rescue in Cumberland County.
During a training exercise with New Hanover County Fire Rescue, where Mr. Heath was captain, he suffered a heart attack and died on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.
Mr. Heath attained certifications as Nationally Certified Fire Investigator and Emergency Medical Technician along with numerous other additional certifications. Most recently he was in the process of attaining his certification as an Executive Fire Officer and was awarded his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development from Mt. Olive College in October 2013.
He served for numerous agencies throughout his 30-year career including Durham Highway Fire/Rescue, Six Forks Fire/Rescue, Wilson Fire/Rescue, Raleigh Fire/Rescue and Morrisville Fire/Rescue. Mr. Heath was heavily influenced by his uncle who was a career firefighter and assistant chief with the Wilson Fire/Rescue Department. He was lovingly known as “Wingnut” and “Torque Wrench,” referring to his character and work ethic.
He attended Port City Community Church, where he was an avid member. His second passion in life was that of surfing and the ocean.
Mr. Heath is survived by his parents, Ralph and Pat Heath of Concord; brother, Firefighter/Fire Instructor, William “Will” Heath and wife Dana, nephew, Lee Heath; niece, Lillianne Heath, all of Kannapolis; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved cat, Lucy.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Port City Community Church.
A second Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at Concord First Assembly of God Church, 150 Warren C. Coleman Blvd., Concord, NC 28027.
The family will receive friends following the service at Wilkinson Funeral Home, 100 Branchview Drive NE, Concord, NC 28026.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NC Fallen Firefighters, 2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 250, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Please share memories and condolences with the family online at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.
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