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FIRST ON 3: Assistant DA trades in court for military duty

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It’s 7:30 a.m., and Assistant District Attorney Fred Gore is getting in a quick workout behind his office in Whiteville.

Gore enlisted in the National Guard at the age of 17. In his nearly 20 years of service he has earned a law degree and has also become a father.

The Supply native says balancing law, family and military service has become part of his routine. Soon, though, that routine will change when Capt. Gore ships out to Kuwait.

“This Friday will be my last day in the office,” Gore said. “We’ll be doing some stateside training and deploying later this year. I’ll be on active duty orders up until probably this time next year.”

Gore, who has been with the DA’s office since February, is one of District Attorney Jon David’s up-and-coming prosecutors in Columbus County. In a short time Gore has prosecuted and overseen the cases of offenders like Allen “Frog” Strickland. Last week Gore got a guilty plea from the teen, who had piled up numerous charges after several altercations with former state Sen. R.C. Soles.

“To now be able to give back to the community and try to make it a safer place and hold people accountable when they decide to make bad decisions, it’s a good feeling,” Gore said. “I’m humbled and give a lot of it to my boss Jon David, because he made the decision to bring me back to this area and gave me the opportunity to excel.”

With everything on Gore’s plate he says the hardest thing about his upcoming deployment is leaving his two-year-old twin boys.

“Being a father, having sons look up to you, following dad step for step, and they’re starting to value following daddy’s foot steps, you know watch him cut the grass and ride the tractor. I’m taking a step back and starting to realize that I’m not going to enjoy that this upcoming year like I did this summer and this year,” Gore said. “That is the toughest part.”

Gore is not leaving the DA’s office for good. He plans to step right back in after returning from his deployment.

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