NO. R-61.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Paul Whitney on his public service as a member and Chief of the South Royalton Fire Department.

(H.C.R.25)

Offered by:  Representative McLaughlin of Royalton, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County and Senator Welch of Windsor.

     Whereas, for the past 57 years, Paul Whitney has been a South Royalton volunteer firefighter, and for 30 years, until his retirement at the end of 2002, he served as his department’s illustrious chief, and

     Whereas, Chief Whitney joined the department while still in his teens, and except for two years of military service from 1952 to 1954, he has remained on call ever since, and

Whereas, over the decades, he has played a significant role in the department’s institutional development and has heroically combated several major blazes, and

Whereas, he was one of eight individuals who, in 1962, established the South Royalton Rescue Squad which parked its first truck at the home of a local physician until the department had adequate storage facilities for the vehicle, and

Whereas, in 1965, he was placed in charge of supervising the construction and completion of South Royalton’s new firehouse, which became a reality with the support and assistance of many firefighters and local citizens, and

Whereas, in 1972, he was selected to serve as the department’s chief, a role he performed with great distinction and professionalism, and

Whereas, during his firefighting tenure, Paul helped extinguish several major blazes, most notably at the Windsor County Feed Store – which entailed tricky maneuvering without the aid of a ladder truck; the 1973 Green Mountain Stock Farm fire in nearby Randolph – during which he rescued two colleagues Cookie Burbine and Tim Churchill, but sadly two civilians perished; the South Royalton Block fire; and the fire at the Eaton’s Dryer Factory, and

Whereas, when the Camp family’s barn burned to the ground, he led the successful effort to save the family’s home, and he has even saved an injured baby deer which fell into the White River, and

Whereas, the Whitney family’s remarkable record of firefighting service is not ending, as his son David assumed the chief’s hat on January 1 of this year, and Paul will continue as a member of the department, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Paul Whitney on his outstanding service as a member and chief of the South Royalton Fire Department, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Paul Whitney in South Royalton.