CATAWBA, NC  28609

BUS: 828-241-4955 FAX: 828-241-3966   


Chief Donald R. Robinson






March 27, 2007



On March 25th at approximately 12:30 am Catawba Firefighter Derek Poole, age 21 was returning to the fire station from a fire call and was involved in a traffic accident.  FF Poole was traveling South on Hewitt Rd in his personal vehicle when he failed to see the stop sign at the intersection of NC#10 E and was struck by another vehicle traveling West on NC#10.  FF Poole was ejected from his vehicle and sustained serious injuries.  He was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center and was transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem Sunday afternoon.


FF Poole is in the ICU 5c section at Baptist Hospital where he has undergone two surgeries to his neck due to his injuries and currently is in stable but serious condition.


FF Derek Poole is also a member of the West Iredell Vol. Fire Department in Statesville, NC.


The original fire call was a grass & woods fire that had been set unlawfully.  The unlawful burning is being investigated by the NC Forestry Service and the traffic crash is being investigated by the NCSHP.


The driver of the 2nd vehicle involved received minor injuries and refused transport by EMS at the scene.


If anyone has information about who set the fire, please contact the NC Forestry Service (828)-465-8443 or the Catawba Fire Department (829)-241-4955.


The Catawba Fire Department and West Iredell Fire Department ask that you please keep FF Derek Poole and his family in your thoughts.