Raleigh, N.C. – On Friday, December 10, Sen. Chuck Edwards (R - Henderson) presented James "Jimmy" Jones with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award at the annual Cedar Mountain Volunteer Fire Rescue Christmas Dinner. Jimmy Jones was initially to be presented with the award at the Christmas Dinner in 2020, but COVID-19 led to the event's cancellation.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award is the highest award granted by the Governor that commends those who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments during 30+ years of service to North Carolina. Following being named to the Order, the Governor confers upon the recipient the rank of 'Ambassador' of North Carolina.
On presenting the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award to Jimmy Jones, Sen. Chuck Edwards stated, "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 Dept so we may sleep better at night and more safely go about our lives."
Jimmy Jones has been a lifelong citizen of Transylvania County, where he was born, graduated high school, and began volunteering for the Cedar Moutain Volunteer Fire Rescue. Mr. 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 the citizens of Cedar Mountain 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 to serving Transylvania County residents as a member of the Cedar Mountain Volunteer Fire Rescue Department, Jimmy Jones spent his career working for the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office, where he retired after 30 years of service as a Sergeant. Mr. 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.
When discussing Jimmy Jones' candidacy as an Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipient, Cedar Mountain Fire Chief, Davie Summey, stated: "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... We are all thankful for what Jimmy has been able to provide for our community."
With over 70 years of combined service to Transylvania County, it is clear Jimmy Jones is a deserving recipient of the award. After a year-long wait, Senator Chuck Edwards was honored to make the presentation at the annual Cedar Mountain Christmas firehouse dinner on behalf of the Great State of North Carolina.