Family and friends remember a fallen fire fighter
CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — A fire fighter and community leader in the town of Calabash passed away this January. Sunday, his friends and family gathered at a local park to celebrate his life.
Greg Faulk was a staple in Brunswick County for more than 40 years, serving in Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, and Sunset Beach.
According to his wife and first love, Anna Katherine Faulk, he was also a teacher. He loved to help new and volunteer fire fighters learn the ropes.
“He started when he was 16,” said Faulk. “He was one of those old school fire fighters that would– if it was a new fireman, younger fireman– he would take him under his wing.”
Anna Katherine met Faulk as a volunteer fire fighter in Sunset Beach. Reconnecting just a few years ago, the two fell in love.
“You know, it’s the quintessential story of first loves reconnecting,” said Faulk, “and through his injuries, I never left his side.”
These injuries put an end to his fire fighting career, stemming from an accident on the job involving a fire pole.
“He would go down that fire pole 20, 30 times a shift. He loved that fire pole. Any time he was on the second floor, that was his means of getting to the first floor. He went down the pole not realizing it was wet. And when he hit the part that had condensation, he just shot down like a rocket. And it broke both of his legs.”
The fire veteran spent his remaining days in the hospital and rehab, but his health steadily declined until his death on January 13.
A sea of blue attended his funeral Sunday, where family, friends, and coworkers remembered how Faulk put his life on the line day after day. The man inspired those around him to be better men and women, said attendees.
Though her time with Faulk was brief, Anna Katherine said he will always be the love of her life.
“I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.”
In lieu of flowers, the family is raising money for Fallen Fire Fighters of North Carolina: an organization that helps remember fallen fire fighters and helps their families move on.