Final farewell to Matthews EMT
Firefighters from around the region said goodbye Monday, Feb. 4 to one of their own.
Derek Layman, 35, a volunteer with the Matthews Fire & EMS Department, died last week from cancer.
Fire trucks and ambulances from around the region were part of a procession escorting Layman and his family through downtown Matthews Monday to and from a funeral service at Christ Covenant Church and burial at Forest Lawn East Cemetery.
Layman, of Stallings, volunteered in Matthews for 12 years and was recently awarded the 2012 Firefighter/EMT Award and the L.H. Yandle Award. He also was the first person in department history to earn Honorary Lifetime Membership with the department. Layman served in several leadership positions with the department, including lieutenant, captain and assistant chief of EMS before the fire and EMS departments merged.
After the merger, Layman learned how to drive and operate all of the mechanics on the fire truck in order to better serve the department. He also developed a reporting system for the department and was the go-to person for anything related to technology, according to a news release.
“Derek always had a very positive attitude. He was constantly there to help new members learn any aspect of the job,” Matthews Fire & EMS Chief Dennis Green said in the release. He gave up his lieutenant officer’s role last year when his illness prevented him from carrying out his duties.
He worked for Charlotte Country Day School as a network administrator.
Layman is survived by his wife of seven years, Heather, and their four-legged children, Zoey and Rio.
Memorials can be made to the Town of Matthews Fire & EMS, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews, N.C. 28105. Online condolences
may be left at www.heritagecares.net.
Chili cook-off to benefit the arts
The Town of Mint Hill will host its annual chili cook-off to raise money for the Arts & Science Council Feb. 26.
The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will be held at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Tickets are $5 at the door, which allow participants to sample all of the chili entries and vote for their favorite.
Area residents who want to enter chili should call Robin Edwards McCombs at 704-545-9726 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms, due by Feb. 19, are available online at www.minthill.com under the “Calendar” tab. Chili providers will need to have their chili at the event by 11 a.m.
Free Alzheimer’s seminar Feb. 26
Registration is now open for a free Alzheimer’s seminar at the nonprofit Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care in Mint Hill.
The organization at 13001 Idlewild Road will host Dr. Reza Bolouri of the Alzheimer’s Memory Center in Charlotte from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 to answer questions and provide tip for caring for residents who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
The seminar is free, but advanced registration is required.
For more information or to RSVP, call Nate Huggins at 704-845-1359 or 704-576-4754.