Tenth anniversary of two Salisbury firefighters who died in the line of duty


SALISBURY, NC (FOX 46) — Wednesday marks the tenth anniversary of the two Salisbury firefighters who died while responding to a millwork facility fire on March 7, 2008.

Those fire fighters were 40-year old Victor Isler and 19-year-old Justin Monroe.

Fox 46 Charlotte spoke with the Division Chief, Jay Baker, about how the department continues to find ways to honor those firefighters.

“There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think about them,” Baker said. “On the day of the fire, everybody fed off one another to get energy off of one another, to get each other through tough times.”

Baker said no other firefighters with their department have died in the line of duty since the deaths of Isler and Monroe. Before them, they lost one firefighter in the 1970s and another in the 1960s.

Isler and Monroe are symbolized in many ways around the department. There are symbolic hats that sit inside the station with their names on them. The department also has memorial plaques on the wall. In addition to that, this week the city decided to dedicate a new fire station planned for city to the fallen firefighters. Fire station 6 will be named after Isler and Monroe. 

“This is just another part of never forgetting the sacrifices they made,” Baker said. 


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