Funeral services held for Burke County firefighter killed by suspected impaired driver

- Funeral services were held Friday for 40-year-old Jason Hensley, a volunteer firefighter with the Triple Community Fire Department in Burke County.

Hensley was killed Monday morning, while clearing a fallen tree after the storm, when troopers say a driver who was high on drugs hit and killed him.

Firefighters from all over North Carolina came to the heartfelt ceremony Friday where Hensley’s casket was driven past his fire department one last time.

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“To have one of your own to die in such a way is very tragic. Everyone’s very shaken for the family and community as a whole” said Jonathan Berry, Minister of Music at Drexel First Baptist Church.

“Jason was dedicated. He loved what he did up until the last minute,” said James Deal with the Triple Community Fire Department.

Hensley had been a mechanic at Gibby’s Automotive for about 14 years, and he had just joined the fire service this past March, with his teenage son.

58-year-old Randal Stewart, of Morganton, the driver who troopers say hit Hensley, is facing a felony death by vehicle charge. Stewart is also charged with DWI, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a seatbelt violation, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

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