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In Memory


During 2013 we lost two of our Brothers, Kenny Edwards Jr. and Roger Winn.


Kenny was an employee of Rutherford County Rescue for the last 3 years. Kenny was also a Captain at Ellenboro Fire Department for the last 25 years.  Kenny was also employed fulltime as Forman with Asplundh Tree Expert Co. Kenny died on February 27, 2013 from injuries that he sustained after being hit by a tree in a wooded area in Valdese..


On March 23, 2013 we lost Chief Roger Winn who was a member of Rutherford Co. Rescue for over 30 years. Chief Winn died from complications due to open heart surgery.


Kenny Jr. and Roger will live on in our memories and are deeply missed by all of us. Rest in peace our brothers. 





About Rutherford County


About Our County

Rutherford County was formed in 1779 from the western part of the former Tryon County. It was named for Griffith Rutherford, leader of an expedition against the Cherokee in 1776 and a general in the American Revolutionary War.

In 1791 parts of Rutherford County and Burke County were combined to form Buncombe County. In 1841 parts of Rutherford County and Lincoln County were combined to form Cleveland County. In 1842 additional parts of Rutherford County and Burke County were combined to form McDowell County. Finally, in 1855 parts of Rutherford County and Henderson County were combined to form Polk County.

Rutherford County  has a population of approximately  67,810.

AREA: County, 563 sq. miles; Rutherfordton, 2.6 sq. miles; Spindale, 4.62 sq. miles; Forest City, 10.6 sq. miles.

The county is composed of eight municipalities:
Bostic, Chimney Rock, Ellenboro, Forest City, Rutherfordton, Ruth, Spindale and Lake Lure. Connected by US Hwy 74-Business, Rutherfordton, Spindale, and Forest City form the Tri- City area. The towns of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock are located approximately 20 miles west of Rutherfordton. Lake Lure is a private lake with public access.

ELEVATION: Rutherfordton, 1075ft.; Spindale, 960ft.; Forest City, 860 ft.; The County's lowest elevation - Caroleen, 806 ft. The County's highest elevation - Sugar Loaf, 3,967 ft.

CLIMATE: Average annual temperature, 59.9 F; average rainfall, 49.91 inches. Rainfall is concentrated in Spring and Fall. Average humidity, approximately 65%. Located in the Isothermal Belt, there are 200 frost-free days in the growing season. Average snowfall, 2.74 inches.



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