Scott William Hinson
- Senior Firefighter
- Concord Fire Department
- North Carolina
- Age: 52
- Year of Death: 2021
Scott William Hinson was born in Concord, North Carolina, to the late Edward Hinson and Margaret Hinson. Scott was dedicated to the fire service, his friends, family, and community. Scott was a part of the fire service for 27 years. He began his career as a volunteer at Jackson Park Volunteer Fire Department at age 16. He joined the City of Concord in 1989.
Scott was a kind, loyal, gentle family man. He left behind his wife, Beverly; son, Garrett; stepson, Brantley (Devan); and two grandsons, Tucker and McConnor, who were the love of his life. No one could be sure who adored the other more.
McConnor and Tucker would go the Scott’s “fire room” and get in the metal pedal fire truck. A call for service would come in, and those two grandboys would pedal the truck and unreel the firehose while Paw Paw narrated the call. There were many fires fought in the living room and kitchen. These are memories the grandbabies will never forget.
Scott made lifelong friends with his brothers in the fire department. Throughout his eight-year battle with cancer, his fire department family was unwavering with their love and support. Kerry Ritchie had Scott’s 1974 Camaro refurbished for him, and one of Scott’s greatest memories was riding in that car with Tim Crainshaw and Kerry Ritchie during his final days. Tim was always by Scott’s side during sickness and health. The night Scott passed, Tim placed his fire department blanket over him. Kerry also arranged a parade of fire trucks, old cars, and emergency vehicles, along with a line of well-wishers, who drove by Scott’s home on his final birthday less than a month before his passing.
There were so many people at the fire department that took care of Scott. Jake Williams stood by Scott through his career and his illness. Jake did everything he could to allow Scott to continue his career for as long as possible, and he helped orchestrate a beautiful service honoring Scott, exactly as Scott wanted. Sonya Bost did an amazing job of helping us navigate the paperwork to ensure that Scott got the best care possible so that he could have precious time.
Scott said over and over that he was thankful for his gift of time. He expressed how fortunate and blessed he was to be able to spend so much quality time with his family and his friends. He went places and saw things that he would not have, but for his illness. He commented that he had lived two entire lives in those eight years. If we all lived like we were dying…
Scott left this earth with a feeling of so much love and thankfulness for his family and his fire department family.