My condolences to the Williams family, the Whimple family, and the Rhodestown Volunteer Fire Department of North Carolina. FireFighter Billy Williams, 45, and FireFighter Brandon Whimple, 19, both of Jacksonville, died Saturday March 24, 2007. Billy and Brandon were responding mutual aid to an abandoned mobile home fire to assist the Nine Mile Fire Department when the 1987 Chevrolet tanker they were traveling in skidded sideways and overturned, coming to rest upside down. Billy who was driving, was ejected from the vehicle, Brandon was pinned under the apparatus. Two other Rhodestown FireFighters who were responding in their personal vehicles were behind them when the crash occurred. I have created a permanent memorial for Billy and Brandon on my website. More news, information, and photos can be found at:

If there is any additional information or photos you would like added to this memorial, please contact me.

Stay Safe

Shawn McDonald