Henry A. Rutledge

November 27, 1977

Private assigned to Engine 47, died when Engine 47 overturned at Coleman Road and Raleigh-LaGrange Road at 10:46 a.m. on November 27, 1977. The company was responding to a fire in the Woodhaven Apartments at 2569 Holly Hedges Drive. Rutledge, who was driving, was trapped inside the cab after the engine skidded off the rain-slick street and overturned at the edge of a drainage ditch. He was killed instantly. Three other firefighters were injured. Henry Rutledge, 31, had been with the department for five years. He was married and the father of one son.