Lake Norman is about 50 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Captain Long was a volunteer member of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue Department. He was also a full time firefighter with the Newton Fire Department. He had 12 years of service in firefighting.
On June 5, 2016, Isaiah Cruz, age 29, was reported missing and presumed drowned in Lake Norman. On June 6, 2016, Bradley and another rescue diver were searching the lake for the missing man, when an emergency occurred and, tragically, Bradley also died.
The bodies of both Bradley Long and Isaiah Cruz were recovered.
The family of Isaiah Cruz have stated that Bradley Long is a hero. They are devastated over his death.
The fatal incidents are under investigation.
The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue and the Newton Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Brad was a professional and a valued
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Firefighters, pray for Brad and
for Isaiah and for those
who have lost them.
Brad's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He loved being a firefighter. It was what he was meant to do. He loved helping others. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.
Brad is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.
Thank you for your service to the community, Brad.
Pray for all who die in the line of duty.
Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.
Pray that Brad is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.
Pray that Isaiah Cruz is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.