FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Karen Larimore Wilkinson, PIO
Public Information and Communications Manager
City of Salisbury
217 S. Main Street
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144
Work Phone: 704-638-2113 Cell: 704-213-1050
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Chief Bob Parnell Shares Visitation and Graveside Service Schedule
for Fallen Salisbury Firefighter Victor A. Isler
Salisbury Fire Department and City Representatives to Attend Fallen Firefigher
Services in New York
Salisbury, NC_March 14, 2008 – Chief Bob Parnell, speaking on behalf of the City of Salisbury
and the Salisbury Fire Department stated today, that the visitation and graveside service
schedule for Salisbury fallen firefighter Victor A. Isler, has been confirmed.
Parnell shares, “Visitation for Salisbury Firefighter Victor A. Isler, will take place on Sunday,
March 16, 2008 at Christopher T. Jordan Funeral Home, 302 Long Beach Road, Island Park,
New York, at 2 pm. A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 17 at 10 a.m.” The
morning service will be held at Charles Cemetery, E. Farmingdale, New York. Parnell shares,
“New York fire departments and apparatus will participate in the procession of fallen firefighter
Victor A. Isler, commencing from Jordan parlor to the cemetery.” Isler was a prior firefighter and
medic with FDNY.
Chief Parnell continues, “Engine 343, a 51 Mack Fire Engine, will provide the caisson for
firefighter Isler. A gift from the state of North Carolina, during the 9-11 crisis, the engine bears
the number “343”, symbolic of the number of New York’s fallen firefighters during the September
11, 2001 World Trade Center tragedy. In respect and to honor their fallen brother, Salisbury
firefighters will attend both services. Approximately fifty Salisbury firefighters will depart at
approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning for the 12 hour bus trip to New York. Chief’s
vehicles will follow shortly thereafter.
Salisbury Fire Department Officers in attendance will be: Fire Chief Bob Parnell, Division Chief
David Morris, Division Chief Bo Geter, Battalion Chief Chris Kepley and Fire Marshal Terry
Smith. Attending Salisbury Fire Department Captains are: Captain Rick Fleming, Captain Tim
Hurlocker, Captain Jay Baker, Captain Bobby Fox, Captain James Farley, Captain Wayne
Harkey, Captain Cory Orbinson, Captain Mike Spry, Captain Mark Thompson, Captain Kenny
Payne and Captain Doug Stevens (Chaplain). Salisbury Fire Department senior office assistant
Tammy File and a host of Salisbury firefighters and engineers will also be in attendance. In
addition, Salisbury Mayor Susan W. Kluttz, City Manager Dave Treme and Public Information
Officers, Karen Wilkinson (Salisbury) and Capt. Rob Brisley (Charlotte Fire Department) will
make the trip to New York for visitation and grave side services.
Upon arrival to New York, the Salisbury firefighter troupe will be greeted by New York’s Deer
Park Fire Department. The Deer Park Department will provide the evening meal for Salisbury
firefighters. Following attendance at the Sunday visitation and the Monday graveside service,
Salisbury firefighters will tentatively depart for Salisbury that evening at approximately 8 pm.
Arrival in Salisbury is slated for Tuesday a.m.
This information comes on the heels of a 2 pm press conference which took place today at
Salisbury City Council Chambers, 217 S. Main Street, and delivered updated information into
the joint investigation of the Salisbury Millwork fire which claimed the lives of two of Salisbury’s
bravest firefighters. Firefighter Justin Edward Monroe, age 19, also perished in the tragic
incident which took place during the morning hours of March 7, 2008. The structure fire
completely destroyed the approximate 118,000 square foot facility with an estimated 1.5 million
in structural damages to the 1910 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. site.
To obtain additional arrangement inforamtion for Firefigher Victor A. Isler, please visit the
Jordan Funeral Home website at www.jordanfh.com or contact the funeral home by phone at