Members of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department attended the 2003 Maryland State Fireman’s Convention the week of June 14, 2003.
On Sunday, June 15 we remembered three of our own at the Annual Memorial Service. Andy Devine, Howard “Gabby” Harrison, and Clarence Noblit were among the list of names of those honored in this year’s service. Recognizing their father’s love for his community and his department, members of the Devine family took part in the memorial along with their extended firehouse family.
During the week’s presentations, numerous members were recognized for their contributions to the fire service and their communities. Alice Long was recognized for her continued service past her 90th year. Mary Russell, President of the Capitol Heights Ladies Auxiliary accepted the award on Alice’s behalf.
The state also recognized the sacrifice of the brave men and women serving in our military. One of those recognized, Dwayne Frost, was awarded a certificate of gratitude from the State Fireman’s Associated for his service to his country. Dwayne is currently serving overseas, Assistant Chief Bob Russell accepted the certificate on Dwayne’s behalf.
A certificate was also presented to families with three or more generations in the fire service. The McClelland family was recognized with four generations in the volunteer fire service. The McClelland’s were on hand to receive the certificate presented to David McClelland (Charter member of Bowie Volunteer Fire Department), Truitt McClelland, (Charter member of Bowie Volunteer Fire Department), Robert McClelland Sr., Robert McClelland, Jr., James McClelland, Sr. and Jennifer McClelland.
One member of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department was recognized for his contributions to making sure everything runs smoothly at the Maryland State Fireman’s Convention. Bill Hawkins was awarded a membership into the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame for all the long hours of work and travel to make the convention a success.
Another member of the department was recognized for his tireless work in firefighter safety. Deputy Chief John Weaver, who is a safety officer for the county, was recognized for his contribution to the safety program. John’s family looked on as he received a plaque for his hard work.
The week wound down with the company dinner on Tuesday evening. About 40 from the Capitol Heights family were in attendance. All had a good meal and a good time.
The Annual Auxiliary Pajama Parade capped off Tuesday evening. Capitol Heights stole the show again with Asst. Chief Bob Russell came dressed as the parade emcee. The auxiliary won first prize in the competition.