Tryon mourns sudden loss of fire chief

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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The Town of Tryon is mourning the sudden loss of Tryon Fire Chief James “Tank” Waters, who passed away on Tuesday.
“It is with the deepest remorse that the Town of Tryon Fire Department announces the passing of our Chief, James “Tank” Waters,” states a release from the town. “Chief Waters, Tank, was larger than life. He was a true public servant having volunteered and worked first with the Town of Columbus Fire Department and then the Town of Tryon Fire Department. Tank also worked part-time with the Saluda Fire Department and the Henderson County Rescue Squad in his meager spare time. He also served under two administrations with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff, Detective, and Patrol Captain. During his 20 plus years in emergency services he inspired countless future public servants, and led from the front at all times. Tank passed away unexpectedly at his home this afternoon. His passing leaves an irreplaceable void in public service and the emergency services community here in Polk County. Please keep Tank’s family at home and his family in emergency services in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks. Further information about funeral and visitation arrangements will be announced in the coming days.”

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