Carolina Beach Officers Recognized For Response To Dec. 6th Fires

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police Chief Ken Hinkle and the Carolina Beach Town Council recognized the original police officers that responded to a condo fire on December 6th, 2014. Two people died in the fire that morning. Chief Ken Hinkle explained, "Tonight we want to recognize the original 12 police officers that responded to the fire on December 6th. These are the officers that were there in the first three minutes of this event. These are the guys that kicked n doors and were pulling people out."
Hinkle said, "With Chief Griffin’s permission I designed - with my assistant Angie Earl - a special ribbon and this ribbon has the fire fighters symbol in it. As far as I know there is no other police department that wears this ribbon."
While not all officers could attend the February 11th, meeting, Chief Hinkle recognized each of them by name.
Sgt. Anthony Marcucilli
Sgt. Dexter Soward
Cpl. Dustin Gentzler
Officer Stephen Baize
Officer Aron Knotten
Officer Colby Edens
Officer Thomas Brothers
Officer Dereck McNeil
Officer Ryan Wilson
Detective Dereck Moore
Officer Hutchins
Mayor Dan Wilcox explained, "We've said it before during that event, we just can't imagine how much we need or appreciate theses guys until we need them. Both our firefighters and our police department. They did a fantastic job."
Marshal Hudson Doran, 22 of Kure Beach, NC, was indicted on multiple charges related to starting three fires on December 6th including two counts of first-degree murder following a grand jury hearing on Monday February 2,  in New Hanover County Court.
The identities of the two Carolina Beach residents found in the aftermath of the Sands IV 12-unit condo building at 409 Carolina Beach Avenue South that was consumed by fire in the early morning hours of December 6th, were confirmed following an autopsy conducted Monday December 8th. Police identified 43-year-old Darlene Ann Maslar and 72-year-old Mary Angeline Cochran as residents who lived in the building. Doran is also suspected of setting fires at two other locations that morning including another condo building a vehicle at a nearby hotel. He is still being held in New Hanover County Jail without bond.

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