The Lilesville Fire Department has crowned Lilesville native Morgan Burr, 16, its 2012 Fire Queen. “I was excited,” Burr said. “I’d never done it before.”
Each year, several fire departments in the area decide on their fire queen for the year. Lilesville Town Clerk Lynn Whitlock said that the daughters of the firefighters are usually considered first for the honor but that the department also sometimes reaches out to the community. Assistant Fire Chief Marty Morton nominated Burr for the honor this year.
Burr, the daughter of Jeff and Amanda Burr, was excited about the honor. “I go to three parades,” she said. “And I go to the fire department Christmas party. I told them I’d love to do it. I’d never thought about doing it.”
Amanda Burr said she is very proud of her daughter. “It was unexpected but we’re proud of her and excited for her,” she said. “She’s a great girl.”
Burr is a student at Anson High School and is looking at East Carolina University for the next step in her education. She hopes to get a degree in biology on her way to pursuing a career as a physical therapist. “I want to help people,” she said, doubly inspired by her mother’s career as a nurse.
Burr is the oldest of four, with two younger sisters and a younger brother, and enjoys history and riding her four-wheeler.