Firefighter Joe Tucker, Safety Officer, Fallen Firefighter, Last Alarm

Fundraiser pays tribute to North Carolina firefighter who died in the line of duty

Shield Republic Charities launches commemorative apparel fundraiser honoring Joe Tucker

Smithfield, N.C. — March 10, 2020 — A volunteer firefighter in Wayne County, North Carolina who died this month in the line of duty will be honored with a special fundraiser run by American lifestyle brand Shield Republic.

The company’s charitable arm today launched a new “Hold the Line” fundraiser for Joe Tucker, who served with the Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Safety Officer Tucker was responding to a call when he experienced a medical emergency in his vehicle. He died at the hospital.

Safety Officer Tucker, age 62 at the time of his death, is survived by his children and grandchildren. He had volunteered with the fire department since 2004.

Through the Hold the Line fundraiser for Safety Officer Tucker, Shield Republic will make available honorary apparel including t-shirts, hoodies, long-sleeved shirts, ladies’ tank tops and decals. Net proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to his family.

“Joe Tucker was a true hero who treated his service as a firefighter and first responder as a higher calling,” said Charlie Romero, spokesperson for Shield Republic. “We hope our Hold the Line fundraiser honoring Joe’s service brings comfort to his family, friends, and the whole Goldsboro community during this difficult time.”

View the Hold the Line fundraising campaign page for firefighter Joe Tucker and learn more at

Shield Republic’s Hold the Line fundraisers have raised more than $80,000 for the families and units of fallen first responders, police officers and K9 police dogs since inception. Everything sold through each Hold the Line fundraiser is designed, printed, and shipped in the USA.

For more information about the Shield Republic Charities, contact

About Shield Republic

Established in 2016, Shield Republic is an American lifestyle brand based outside Raleigh, North Carolina. The company offers creative, fresh apparel and merchandise embodying American pride. Everything sold by Shield Republic is designed and manufactured in the United States. Shield Republic appeals to patriotic Americans passionate about personal strength, second amendment rights and military strength. Through Shield Republic Charities, the company shows appreciation to soldiers, first responders and their families.

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