Emergency services losing experience to retirement

Published 9:39 am Friday, January 19, 2018

Local law enforcement and medical forces have lost a lot of experience lately through retirement.

Assistant Chief Nelson Turrentine retired from the Mocksville Police Department last fall.  The 30-year police veteran had been with the Mocksville Police Department since 2001, and previously worked for the Davie County Sheriff’s Department.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of this county and town,” he told town board members.

Pat Reagan, a N.C. State University graduate who is working on a master’s degree, was promoted to assistant chief. Koula Black was promoted to major.

Long-time sheriff’s department officers Brian Diggs and Vicki Fields retired at the end of the year. Diggs had been with the sheriff’s department for 25 years. Fields worked with the sheriff’s department for 20 years, and had worked with the Mocksville Police Department.

In early January, Jerry Myers, fire marshal and emergency management coordinator, retired. He had worked in emergency medical services for 30 years.

Brian Byrd, Davie EMS director, was appointed the emergency management director.