The Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard was established in 1965 with just five members: District Chief Jim Jamison, John Klien, and Sonny Whitlock (Linemen for the Alarm Division), Fire Inspectors Vernon Greenhill and Art Goldner. They performed their first official duties as the Honor Guard on July 13, 1965 for the funeral of retired Captain James Carl Wells at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte.
The Honor Guard was dormant for some time. In approximately 1974, under the direction of Battalion Chief Howard Wilson, the Honor Guard started again upon the death of Captain John Hopkins. In 1987, Battalion Chief James Thompson took over the Honor Guard under direction from the fire chief.
For the next 20 years, the Charlotte Fire Department Honor Guard became the public face of the department. The group provided Honor Guard services for many area fire departments when needed and participated in National Fire Service events. In 2006, Battalion Chief Thompson retired and Division Chief Lance Foulk assumed the role of honor guard commander.
Today, the Honor Guard has approximately 50 members and the mission remains the same: to serve the families of fallen firefighters, both active and retired. Additionally, the Honor Guard provides services for special events and has been featured on nationally televised NFL games.