NORWOOD, N.C. — The mayor of Norwood, along with the members of the town’s fire department, unexpectedly announced their resignations during Monday night’s town council meeting.
Brian Hardman, assistant fire chief and member of the Norwood Fire Department for 23 years, was the first to resign after asking the council why they wanted to disband the fire department.
Fire Chief John Lambeth then quit, followed by Mayor Beverly Johnson.
According to the Stanly News and Press, Johnson blamed the fire department's sudden resignations on campaign agendas that included cutting taxes at whatever costs.
“This is the way they’re living up to their campaign promises,” Johnson said. “I do not like the way they have treated people. They don’t have feelings for people who look after you.”
Minutes after the resignations of roughly 15 firefighters, town leaders contacted Stanly County 911 and EMS, and Center Rural VFD is now providing primary coverage to the town.
Commissioner John Mullis emailed Channel 9 the following after the meeting:
Mullis went on to say that the town will convene at a later date to discuss a variety of options and discussions will continue with Center Rural VFD and that the town is not interested in a merger of departments but rather a contract arrangement.
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