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Concerned citizens in Lake Waccamaw support terminated fire chief

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LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WECT) - Citizens in Lake Waccamaw say they are concerned for their own safety. They say by dismissing the town's fire chief, council members have put residents at risk.

More than a dozen volunteer firefighters are threatening to quit and seek legal action against Lake Waccamaw town council members. 

Last month council members terminated longtime volunteer Fire Chief Eddy Morgan and banned two volunteer firefighters, Shannon and Lynn Worrell, from town property after they sent a letter to county officials stating Morgan was still in charge. 

Attorneys for the town and firefighters have sent each other letters trying to come up with a resolution, but citizens like Kathy Jackson and Donna Council believe town officials are at fault.

"It upsets me. It really upsets me," said Council. "It's sad they have really let three good people go," added Jackson.

Council says her brother has emphysema. He's had to call the rescue squad six times since July and Shannon was always there to help. He says Shannon Worrell is the only member of the rescue squad who's a respiratory therapist.

"It's comforting to know you have someone who comes with their heart, not just volunteer. They come with their heart. They're very caring," said Council. 

The concerned citizens tells us, Lynn Worrell is a RN and besides losing two firefighters with medical experience, they're concerned other volunteer firefighters will quit.

"If they don't have enough qualified personnel, I don't see how they can be state qualified. And we won't have a fire department or rescue squad. The nearest one is Buckhead," said Jackson. 

"We're going to the town meeting Tuesday. We want them reinstated," added Jackson. "We want everybody else in Lake Waccamaw to go to the town meeting," said Council.

That meeting, Tuesday night, starts at 6 p.m.

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