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Byrd Trained Generation Of Firefighters


Gordan Byrd sets type on a linotype machine for The Transylvania Times,1955.(Courtesy photo)

By Lorraine Miller

Gordon Byrd has worn many hats during his years of service to this community and state. He has been a pressman and foreman for The Transylvania Times, a Brevard Fire & Rescue volunteer and chief, a Transylvania Fire and Rescue coordinator, a Western North Carolina Fire and Rescue instructor at community colleges in seven counties and statewide instructor.

"I was born in the Brevard area in 1935 to a family that had lived in the Transylvania mountains for generations. My grandfather Byrd was a wheeler-dealer who once owned a lot of property from Balsam to Mills River, and...

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