About Us

What is an Honor Guard?

An Honor Guard, or ceremonial guard, is a ceremonial escort, often military in nature. Usually comprised of volunteers who are carefully screened for their ability and physical dexterity. Only those persons who are highly motivated and maintain high standards of appearance and conduct and show aptitude for ceremonial duties are considered.

The primary purpose of an honor guard is to provide funeral honors for fellow comrades. An Honor Guard may also serve as the "guardians of the colors." They present the nation's color for various ceremonies and functions. Additionally, honor guards serve as ambassadors to the public, presenting a positive image of their service.

Each year, the Honor guard participates in and organizes all Honor Guard functions during the NCSFA/NCAFC conference. Honor Guards from across the state participate in the opening ceremony, a memorial service and participate in an Honor Guard Exhibition. Honor Guard classes are offered each year during the conference to help new and established units learn basic drill and maneuvers and also the fundamentals of Honor Guard duties. The conference is held annually in August. Go to www.ncsfa.com for complete information. In May of each year, the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial is held in Nash Square in Raleigh, NC. Go to www.ncfff.org for more information.

We provide full firefighter funeral honors and assist families with final preparations for lifelong firefighters, retired, and active-duty firefighters and those lost in the line of duty. It is our humble honor to assist these families and our services come at absolutely no cost. We raise funds to cover costs of our equipment, uniforms, and travel.

We provide the following services:

  • Funeral details for active duty and retired members of the fire service.

  • Color Guard for service related events, civic, and community groups and organizations.

  • Training for departments and agencies, in proper protocols, procedures, and functions of the Honor Guard.

  • Assistance to the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the North Carolina State Fireman's Association.

  • Funeral Honors include: "Ringing of the bell" ceremony, folding and presenting a flag, casket guards, escorts.

  • Assistance to any service related agency or veterans organizations.

Honor Guard Creed

I am a proud member of a Fire Service Honor Guard. My standards of conduct and high level of professionalism place me aboce all others in my service.

I have earned the right to wear the ceremonial uniform, one of which is honored in a rich tradition and history.

I am superbly conditioned to perfect all movements throughout every drill and ceremony.

The level at which I perform will never be dictated by the type of ceremony, severity of the temperature, nor the size of the crowd.

I am constantly driven by a strong sense of dedication that runs deeper than patriotism.

While on ceremonies, I stand sharp and crisp, motionless by choice.

For I have voluntarily chosen to represent every member past and present.

For I am a ceremonial Guardsman.

2021 Rutherford County Honor Guard Roster

Dwayne Criag – Commander

John Splawn – Asst. Commander

Greg Ruppe – Captain

Jon Carlisle – Captain

Jerry Ruppe – Chaplin


  • Melissa Carlisle

  • James Petitt III

  • James Alexander

  • Keith Jones

  • Chris Whitesides

  • Tyler Bailey

  • Casey McIntosh

  • Andrew Heflin

  • Steven McDaniel

  • Garrett Brooks

  • Logan Church

  • Landon Holtzclaw

  • Matthew English

  • Josh White

  • Shane Upton

  • Nick Goode