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Jimmy Jones (center) is pictured with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award with N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards (left) and Cedar Mountain Fire Chief Davie Summey. (Courtesy photo)

Cedar Mountain’s Jimmy Jones has been recognized with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award.

The award is the highest granted by the North Carolina governor and commends those who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments during more than 30 years of service to North Carolina, according to a news release.

After being named to the Order, the governor confers upon the recipient the rank of “Ambassador” of North Carolina. On Friday, Dec. 10, N.C. Sen. Chuck Edwards presented Jones with the award at the annual Cedar Mountain Volunteer Fire Rescue Christmas dinner. Jones was initially to be presented with the award at the Christmas dinner in 2020, but COVID-19 led to the event’s cancellation.

On presenting the award to Jones, Edwards said, “Jimmy’s dedication to the citizens of our great state is rarely equaled. We are all blessed that he has dedicated over 70 years of combined service with the Transylvania Sheriff’s Office and the Cedar Mountain Fire Department so we may sleep better at night and more safely go about our lives.”

Jones is a Transylvania County native and began volunteering for the Cedar Mountain Volunteer Fire Rescue. Jones aided in the construction of the department’s first fire station in 1980, their new station in 2005, and has earned the department several federal and regional grants to assist in the internal development of the department’s facilities and resources, among more.

He has served as a member of the fire department for over 40 years and has held various positions during this time – from firefighter to president of the Board of Directors, and everything in between.

In addition, Jones spent his career working for the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, where he retired after 30 years of service as a sergeant.

Jones worked in various positions in the Sheriff’s Office – from patrolman to court bailiff, to school resource officer – during which he also worked with the school’s football team. He still does as a trainer.

“Jimmy has always been a pillar of our community, as everyone you meet that lives in the area know Jimmy and his willingness to help others in their time of need,” said Cedar Mountain Fire Chief Davie Summey. “We are all thankful for what Jimmy has been able to provide for our community.”

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