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By Charlotte Smith

Wednesday, September 22, 2001, was a gloomy, rainy day in Bladen County, ending with heartbreak for many. News of Mrs. Donna Cagle, Bladenboro’s “Hometown Hero,” losing the fight against COVID-19 hit the county’s core.

Mrs. Cagle was a legendary Emergency Responder. She was always willing to help those in need. Bladen County First Responders joined together in a procession to celebrate the memories in life of Mrs. Cagle. Emergency vehicles formed a train with lights flashing to carry Mrs. Cagle from Cape Fear Valley Hospital to Bladenboro in the darkness of night on Wednesday evening.


Bladen County Emergency Services stated in a media release, “It is with deepest regret and sorrow to announce the passing of AEMT Donna Cagle. Donna was a genuine friend to all and will be missed dearly.”

First Responder, Jeanene Green, rode in the ambulance with Mrs. Cagle from the hospital to her hometown. She said, “We were partners for 21 years with Bladenboro EMS. She was the secretary. Donna had the heart of gold.”

Bladen County EMS explained Donna has been an AEMT with Bladen County EMS since June 2006 and has served her community of Bladenboro on Bladenboro Rescue Squad for 21 years.

Bladen County EMS stated, “She lived her life helping others and always putting others’ needs before her own. Dedication like Donna’s is hard to find, and we are thankful that she was a part of our family for the last 15 years… Donna was more than just an employee; she was our family…”

Mrs. Cagle and her husband, Wayne, have been married for 27 years. Wayne also serves as a first responder with Bladen County EMS. Bladen County EMS asks everyone to keep Wayne and the EMS family in their prayers.

Mrs. Cagle served on Bladen County EMS 4432 and Bladenboro Rescue Squad 2041.