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7.16.2024

Mint Hill Residents,

This past Board of Commissioners meeting we proclaimed July11, 2024 as Deputy Chief John Phillips Day in Mint Hill, NC.

On July 4th, 1974, John Phillips was a 16-year-old boy driving around Mint Hill, in a new dump truck owned by his dad, filled with watermelons.  He was selling them for the Mint Hill Masonic Lodge, raising money for the new state-of-the-art building that is now located on Lawyers Road. On a tip, he made his way to the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department.  They were having a family cook-off for the 4th.

Ranson Lee, one of the charter members of the fire department asked if he would be interested in joining the newly formed junior firefighter program for 16–18-year-olds interested in firefighting.  He replied, “Yea, that might be fun”.  Ranson told him to be at the fire station Monday night for their monthly meeting, “but understand, you can’t drive the trucks until you are 21”.

Even with that understanding, 16-year-old John Phillips showed up on Monday and joined the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department.  He has spent the past 50 years as a firefighter in some capacity.  33 years as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, Captain, Rescue Chief, Fire Chief and the past 17 years employed by the Town of Mint Hill Municipal Fire Department as Shift Supervisor and currently as Deputy Chief of the department.

Although he says the aches and pains getting up in the mornings are present.  He stays fit for duty and still qualifies to be an interior structural firefighter each year, as well as overseeing all the daily operations of a very busy full time municipal fire department.

“Being a part of helping people on possibly the worst day is what drives me and the rest of these guys to do what we do.  I’m sure there will come a time when I must give it up, but as long as I am blessed with health, physical and mental fitness, I intend to keep serving those who depend on us.  I am thankful to be able to do a job that I have loved doing for so long.”

Thank you, John Phillips, for the past 50 years of service to the Town of Mint Hill.

Stay cool and have a great week!

Brad Simmons
Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill Events

Mint Hill Events, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization staffed by volunteers dedicated to bringing safe, family friendly events in a healthy and artistic atmosphere to the Town of Mint Hill fostering community pride and civic involvement.  Mint Hill Events, Inc. is also responsible for planning events to celebrate, promote, enhance, preserve and support community engagement.
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