PINEVILLE, NC (WJZY) - In a speech broadcast nationally by C-SPAN, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday in memory of Pineville Volunteer Firefighter Richard Sheltra.
“Firefighter Sheltra died a hero while battling a fire on April 30th, but he was a hero long before he volunteered to step into that burning building.
“Firefighter Sheltra had service in his blood. He had great examples, as his parents were also volunteer firefighters, all dedicated Christians attending Forest Hill Church.
“Whenever the call went out, Firefighter Sheltra dropped whatever he was doing to go help. So strong was his commitment to serve and protect the families involved that he was often first on the scene.
“While Mr. Sheltra was an excellent firefighter, he was an even greater servant of God.”