W. Keith Tessinear

W. Keith Tessinear

W. Keith Tessinear died in the line of duty on August 29, 2019. Keith was a man of strong faith, who loved his family, friends, fellow firefighters, the fire service, and his community. He began his professional career with Raleigh Fire Department (RFD) in 1991. Keith excelled in all he did and rose to the rank of Assistant Chief of Training with RFD. A true public servant, Keith was a member of Raleigh Fire Department for over 28 years, where he was honored to serve in all four divisions (Operations, Training, Services, and Office of the Fire Marshal).

Commitment to family and the fire service showed through in all that Keith did. Keith was a man of integrity and a great example to others. He had a positive influence on those he met. He was kindhearted, compassionate, and had a balanced way of thinking about things. Keith was an amazing husband and father and was adored by his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Hannah.

Everyone who knew Keith knew that the fire department was his home away from home. He enjoyed everything fire service related and considered it an honor and a privilege to work daily with his firefighter family. Keith enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a great teacher and enjoyed learning, as well as helping others. Over the years while working at Raleigh Fire Department, Keith obtained a Master of Science, Executive Fire Service Leadership graduate degree, and completed the Executive Fire Officer Program with the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. Keith’s devotion to his wife, daughter, and the fire service are evident by his dedication to his family and community. Keith will forever be our hero, and his legacy will forever be remembered.

Keith was a loving, kind, and generous husband, father, firefighter, and friend. He selflessly worked to help others in any way he could. Keith was one of a kind. He always encouraged others to do their best. He was a wonderful provider and friend who showed his wife, daughter, and others how to be brave and courageous no matter the circumstances. Words cannot express how deeply Keith is missed by his wife, daughter, family, firefighter family, friends, and community.

Herman S. Jones

Herman S. Jones

Herman S. Jones City of Raleigh Fire Department – North Carolina
Career Lieutenant
Date of Death: January 22‚ 2008
Age: 58

Herman Sylvester Jones was born December 31‚ 1949‚ in Raleigh‚ North Carolina‚ to Louise Penix Jones and the late Dallie Jones. He died on January 22‚ 2008‚ at the age of 58‚ from an injury incurred while on duty.

Herman was the oldest of six children and was preceded in death by his father and his brother‚ Donnell Jones. He attended Shaw University of Raleigh‚ North Carolina‚ and also served in the U.S. Army until 1977.

In 1980‚ Herman began his career as a firefighter and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2001. He remained an active firefighter for 27 years until his sudden death.

He leaves to cherish his memories‚ his daughter‚ Tiffany N. Jones of Morrisville‚ North Carolina; her mother‚ Patricia W. Jones of Clayton‚ North Carolina; and his mother‚ Louise Penix Jones of Garner‚ North Carolina. He is also survived by three sisters‚ Carolyn Hartfield (Atron)‚ Alma Gupton (Halvester)‚ and Cynthia Murray (Larry); two brothers‚ Ronald Jones and Dr. LaRoy Penix (Sharon); three nieces‚ Roneesha Jones‚ Sharon Hartfield‚ and Stephanie Gupton; a nephew‚ Alexander Penix; a great-niece‚ Taylor Gupton-Lyon‚ an uncle‚ John Penix (Evelyn); an aunt‚ Madell Penix; and a host of relatives and friends.