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Gaston County EMS Mourns the Loss of Lieutenant Massagee

Gaston County, NC, January 10, 2022 – On January 9, 2022 Gaston County EMS suffered a devastating loss of one of our valued team members, Lieutenant Melanie Massagee. 

Melanie began her service in Gaston County with the Bessemer City Rescue Squad in 1978.  She later joined Gaston County EMS as a volunteer Auxiliary member and later, in 2007, joined full time.  Melanie was currently assigned to B-Shift as the Lieutenant on that shift. 

Melanie was known for her giving personality, dedication to ensuring no one was left unheard or went without.  Melanie was a friend to all who knew her.  Melanie lived a life of service and commitment to her faith, family, friends, and the patients she served.

Melanie had been battling COVID 19 since just before Christmas.  She was most recently on a ventilator suffering from COVID complications just prior to her passing.  Her family hopes that this tragedy will help others realize how devastating this virus can be and encourages everyone to take all necessary precautions to help prevent such future tragedies.   

Gaston County EMS extends our heartfelt condolences to Lieutenant Massagee’s family and extended work family.  The agency has placed a temporary memorial in front of their station located at 615 N Highland Street in Gastonia for anyone that would like to pay their respects. 

Final arrangements have not yet been made available.  We will work with the family and publish any further information as it becomes available.  

Melanie Massagee          Massagee Memorial