Community Remembering Pineville Volunteer Firefighter Killed in Three-Alarm Fire
PINEVILLE, NC – A community is coming together to remember a Pineville volunteer fire fighter killed battling a three-alarm fire Saturday night.
Richard Sheltra was just 20-years-old. The sudden loss is hard for many to understand.
“His future, his career, his family lost him.
It’s tragic,” says South Charlotte resident Charlene Teiro.
Crews were called to the Countryside Shopping Center on Pineville-Matthews Road around 9:00 Saturday night.
Two other firefighters were hurt but are expected to recover.
ATF and other investigators remained on the scene all day Sunday. They haven’t said anything yet about what could have caused the fire.
“I have a chill just looking at it. And my heart goes out to somebody protecting our lives,” Teiro says.
All afternoon Sunday, people in the community and firefighters from across the area came by Pineville Fire & Rescue, leaving flowers and notes.
“It’s a testament of the brotherhood, the fire department brotherhood,” says Bill Suthard, with Huntersville Fire Department.
Crews from other towns will answer Pineville’s calls this week to allow their firefighters time to grieve.
“Providing each other with that support during a tragedy like we saw last night,” Suthard explains.
Sheltra had been with the department for three years. Chief Michael Gerin called it a sad day as they mourn the passing of “a friend, brother, and very dedicated volunteer.'”
“You make a phone call and someone risks their live to save you. And it does not go unnoticed. And I pray for, I pray for them,” Teiro says.