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Broken hearted for the family as Deputy Hendrix was laid to rest today in Henderson County. This commissioner will never neglect or disrespect the sacrifice made by our men and women at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.🇺🇸🚓💔 He was 35; the same age as my Son.Early Thursday morning, Henderson County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Hendrix responded to a 911 call for a vehicle break in. The owner of car stated that he exchanged gunfire with the suspect when he caught him inside of his vehicle. As the deputies arrived on location and confronted the gunman (who had retreated across the street and broke into a truck), he opened fire striking Deputy Hendrix in his face. The other deputies returned fire and killed the suspect. Ryan was rushed to nearby Mission Hospital but was unable to be saved. The wounded deputy was kept alive so his organs could be harvested for donation. From a friend of Ryan’s: “It was only the second time in Mission Hospital’s history that every organ from an individual was able to be donated; and some will be going to children. If God has a plan, it might make the slightest bit of sense that his life saved numerous children. Ryan would’ve loved that.”
Deputy Ryan Hendrix was an 8-year veteran of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. During his time there, he worked as a crime scene detective, a field training officer and member of the SWAT team. Prior to becoming a Sheriff’s Deputy, Ryan proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He leaves behind two children and a fiancée who he was set to marry next month. Deputy Hendrix was 35 years old. … See MoreSee Less
Joe Belcher Buncombe County Commissioner is in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
4 days ago
As your commissioner I have been a tireless supporter of Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools , teachers, students and parents.
✅Funding construction of Isaac Dickson Elementary School , Asheville Middle and Enka Intermediate School.
✅ Fighting for Teacher Assistants pay increase and presence in K-3 classes
✅ Supported supplement increases
✅ Secured Schools with radio and safety improvements
✅ Celebrated and promoted CTE programs and camps
✅ Serving on the School Capital Commission to insure priority capital improvements in the city and county schools are completed
✅ Fully funded budget requests including 2020
✅ Fought for recreational assets including 4 new playgrounds for all Intermediate schools
5 days ago
Please pray for this family and lift up all our first responders 🙏🇺🇸From the Office of the Fire Chief.
Today, the West Buncombe Fire Department lost a longtime firefighter after an amazingly strong fight against a long term illness. It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that I inform our community of the passing of full time Firefighter Barney Kostielney. Barney, a 20+ year veteran of West Buncombe, was a fixture in our department and our “senior man”. He was outspoken, not afraid to dress me down when required, and at times a full on grump but he was most of all a competent and devoted firefighter. He strived to pass on his experience and knowledge of our craft to new firefighters and he especially cherished the opportunity to mentor an aspiring volunteer. It’s near impossible for me to articulate the loss of a man with so much passion and knowledge for our profession.
I am humbled as I reflect on how our staff displayed their love and support for our brother during his illness… sitting with him and his family, completing chores and even taking on some tasks associated with end of life preparation. I am honored to be able to express my utmost respect, appreciation, and love to our staff for these acts of kindness which were so freely and honestly given. These acts are exactly what our profession is built upon… brother and sisterhood. This however is only the beginning. As our profession demands, and no different than with any other family, we will continue to care for Barney’s family for they are and will always be part of our family.
Finally, as you pass our fire stations you will notice, though it’s not within my authority to do so, I have ordered flags to half staff and the display of the fallen firefighters flag for a fellow firefighter, brother and Marine. He faithfully served his nation and community and therefore deserves our nations and communities respect in this symbolic manner.
May Barney, radio number 555, aka as the “Triple Nickle” Rest In Peace and his family find peace that he resides with our Lord.
Barney, my friend and Brother… we’ve got it from here.
Chief Dennis Fagnant.
FF Kostielney, center, sitting. … See MoreSee Less
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