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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County firefighter has been charged with DWI in Brunswick County.

A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Brett Pierce was charged Saturday.

New Hanover County spokesman Charles Smith says the county has been made aware of the incident. Pierce has not been suspended, but Smith said the incident is “being reviewed as a confidential personnel matter.”

Records show Pierce, 32, is due back in court in Brunswick County Dec. 30.

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10 Comments on "New Hanover Co. firefighter charged with DWI"

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t think they should fire him. However, this is not a mistake. This was a conscious decision on his part to ingest alcohol knowing that he would be getting behind the wheel of the car.

Carver M. Van Croft
2015 years 8 months ago

To fire a man who has done so much good while working with the fire department would be a shame and a huge loss, people make mistakes and at the end of the day we need to way the good over the bad! Everyone at Dynamic Marketing are praying for u Brett, we all makes mistakes the key is to move on from this and keep helping people in our city.

2015 years 8 months ago

This offense is particularly aggregous when it involves a civil servant. Someone who sees first hand the result of alcohol related incidents. Would there be an outpouring of support for him had he caused an accident that took a life? This was not a mistake, it was a violation of the law that he knowingly committed. For that there are consequences. Yes, civil servants are held to a higher standard. That is understood and agreed to by any person taking an oath to serve others. I commend the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Dept for not allowing him to phone a friend this time.

Tracie C
2015 years 8 months ago

“Confidential personnel matter”???? This person is a public servant! Drinking and driving is a CHOICE made by someone who is so evilly selfish they are no better than any sociopath.
I lost someone very dear to me to a drunk driver who slammed into the vehicle so hard it flipped over, caught on fire and both bodies had to be pulled out of burnt wreckage….BY FIREFIGHTERS.
Is his “PTSD” kicking in? Is that what would make this person CHOOSE to endanger his life and the life of others? I really hope that’s not what comes up.
Understandably, firefighters have a rough (I’m sure “rough” doesn’t describe it properly)job. I can not imagine some of the things they have to go through.
But I can think of no excuse that would make it okay, for ANYONE, especially a firefighter.

Robert T Willis
2015 years 8 months ago

guess you’ve never made a mistake where you received a second chance,,, have you?

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m pretty sure that is far from true…I saw him search a house that was on fire, until he ran out of air, for someone who was trapped. With little regard to his own safety. I saw him pick up a woman’s personal belonging after a car wreck for nearly an hour. What makes you better than him? You mean to tell me that you have never made a mistake…not one mistake?! I promise you…This man would come save you, and help you pick up your belongings, and whatever else that you needed while you were down. But yet you call him a sociopath…perhaps if you knew everything you might be quiet…

2015 years 8 months ago

Not defending this guy by any means but why is this news. If it had been the trash man or the grocery clerk this would of never made the news. Yes, this guy did wrong but him being a fireman makes him no different than anyone else. He puts his pants on the same way everyone else does, one leg at a time. His job or nothing else about him has anything to do with his decision to drink and drive. Thank you, that is all

Tara Wilson-Combs
2015 years 8 months ago

Actually Brett is a decent guy. I’m sure he regrets his choices that night. Although he is human and we all make mistakes, I think his job is what sets him apart from all other common fools. Someone who is in the military, a cop or even a fireman are held to a different standard. Just as a teacher should know how to conduct themselves around children or a church pastor is looked at in a different light all because of their chosen profession. I hope this situation dosent ruin him. I hope he learns from it.

Robert T Willis
2015 years 8 months ago

why has it taken you and other news agencies a week to report this incident? This happened a week ago and he was not the only person arrested for DWI that night. Why not plaster their name over the TV as well???? I’ll tell you why…..the other people arrested were not connected to an emergency service! You liberal news outlets make me sick….you report only the sensational story they get your rating and not the whole truth.!!! I suggest you start treating everybody the same Or quit reporting on this type of activity ….thank you!

Truth Seeker
2015 years 8 months ago

They’d better not fire him. New Hanover County has plenty of employees who didn’t get fired for DUI dispite the policy saying you would. Get a lawyer Brett and stand your ground!


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