NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Representative Scott Stone
District 105 – Mecklenburg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 5, 2017
Raleigh, NC – Today the North Carolina Board of Transportation unanimously approved the naming of the bridge on South Polk Street in honor of fallen firefighter Richard Sheltra of Pineville. Rep. Scott Stone (R- Mecklenburg), who represents a portion of Pineville, and Pineville Mayor Jack Edwards submitted a request earlier this year to honor the fallen hero by naming the recently completed Pineville bridge after him. Sheltra was only 20 years old when he gave his life fighting a three-alarm fire caused by lightning last April.
“Richard Sheltra gave his life in service of his community,” said Rep. Scott Stone. “It is fitting that he be remembered for this sacrifice.”
Rep. Stone thanks members of the Department of Transportation, Governor Cooper’s staff, and all those who helped facilitate this memorial. The honor is timely because this weekend is the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, where Richard Sheltra will be on the 2017 Roll of Honor. Read his entry here.
“I’m grateful to all those who have supported this effort over the past year,” said Pineville Mayor Jack Edwards. “I am proud that Pineville will have a permanent memorial to Richard Sheltra.”