NO. R-221.† House concurrent resolution honoring Edward A. Haddad Jr. for one‑half century of service on the Bennington Rural Fire DepartmeNT.

(H.C.R.140)

Offered by:† Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk, A. of Bennington and Krawczyk, J. of Bennington.

Whereas, Edward A. Haddad is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Bennington High School, and

Whereas, a U.S. Army staff sergeant during World War II, he earned several military medal honors, including a Good Conduct Medal, a Victory Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, prior to his honorable discharge in 1946, and

Whereas, in 1953 he became a founding member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and

Whereas, over the course of his half century with the department, Edward Haddad has been an extremely active member whose efforts have been pivotal to its development into one of the stateís most respected volunteer public safety organizations, and

Whereas, drawing on his background in the construction industry, both at G.E. Morrissey Inc. and as the owner of E.A. Haddad General Contractor, he designed and helped build the original portion of the Willow Road fire station and its subsequent expansion in 1976, and

Whereas, he patiently worked his way up the promotional ladder and served as chief from 1972 to 1976, and

Whereas, on the statewide level, he is highly respected among his colleagues and has served as President of the Vermont Firefighters Association, and

Whereas, he has remained active with the department for 50 years and is currently the departmentís training officer and dispatcher, and

Whereas, to commemorate his remarkable 50-year tenure of dedicated public service on the departmentís behalf, and in recognition of his essential role in the construction of the Willow Road fire station, the department recently dedicated the building in his honor, and

Whereas, he and his wife Dorothea have been married for 55 years and are the parents of four daughters, Mary Elsine, Dianne, Ann, and Joan, and

Whereas, 50 years of service as a volunteer firefighter is a noteworthy event, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Edward Haddad of Bennington as he marks one‑half century of service on the Bennington Rural Fire Department, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Edward Haddad in Bennington.