Saturday, April 26, 2008

SFD Medal Day

Under a slightly overcast sky the Salisbury Fire Department today held Medal Day Ceremony at Station 16 on Division St. in Salisbury, the last ceremony of this kind to be held at this station. The Great Flag of our Country flew suspended between two pieces of aerial apparatus as Bagpipes and Drum of the Ocean city Pipe & Drum Corps heralded the opening of today's event.

Twenty seven of the Departments members were honored today as well as members of Fruitland Fire Department, members of the Salisbury Police Department. a member of the Wicomico Co. Sheriffs
Office, Members of Princess Anne

Fire Department and several citizens including 10 middle school students whose fast thinking and actions are credited with saving the life of their teacher just slightly over a year ago.

On hand for today's events were several dignitaries and supporters of the Salisbury Fire Department and the fire service everywhere. Salisbury Mayor Tilghman, Delegate Paige Elmore, Sheriff Mike Lewis, Wicomico Co. President John Cannon, retired Chief of Department Francis Darling, former State Senator Joe Long, and of course the Honorary Fire Commissioner for the Salisbury Fire Department Mr Bob Cannon shown here in the second photo accompanied by Truck Lt. Rick Rathel (L) and Mr Patrick Hannon (R).
I am sure I have omitted someone from this distinguished list of guests and for that I apologize.

In the third photo Chief of Department David See is pictured with three of the Wicomico Middle School student credited with saving the life of their teacher in April of 2007. These 3 students and 7 others were awarded the departments Certificate of Recognition for their teamwork and quick action which led to saving their teachers life who had collapsed in the classroom of an apparent heart attack. As Deputy Chief Hoppes said today, These young men and women acted well beyond their years.

Additional awards today included a Citizens Commendation Medal (1), CPR Award (20), Departmental Unit Citation (7), and the Departmental Bronze Star (6).
Additionally the Bronze Star recipients were awarded Governor Citations from Governor O'Malley and Maryland Senate Citations from the State Senate.

Congratulations to all the recipients of this years awards. They are well deserved and the citizens of our community are thankful.


Bunker Britches said...

Great photos and write up. Thanks for sharing. I hope the Times covers this story as well.

o w grant said...

This ceremony was beautiful and emotional for me. The men and women from this station gave me sixteen (and counting!)extra years of life when they responed to a call for help from my home. I had gone into respiratory arrest during an asthma attack.

Seeing all of these good people recognized for the heroic things
they do - EVERY DAY - was gratifying. Thank you, all, for doing what you do.