North Carolina Chief Dies at Firehouse

Deputy fire chief is found dead in his bunk.


SWEPSONVILLE, N.C. -- Funeral arrangements are set for Saturday for the deputy fire chief found dead in his bunk here Wednesday morning.

Jerry Donley, 45, had been engaged in a firefighting operation on Monday, and reported for duty on Tuesday as scheduled. He cleaned up equipment from the fire, and responded on EMS calls during his shift.

Donley, who was both a volunteer and career member of the combination department, had no known medical conditions. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.

Visitation will be held Friday, from 5-8 p.m. at Rich and Thompson Funeral Home, Graham, N.C.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church in Graham. Interment will be held Hawfields Cemetery, Mebane.