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NO. R-134.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department on receipt of the Keep Going Award.


Offered by:  Representatives Trombley of Grand Isle and Johnson of South Hero.

Offered by:  Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District.

Whereas, the town of North Hero is extremely proud of the municipality’s outstanding volunteer fire department that islanders established in 1947 to protect their community, and

Whereas, a series of dedicated and highly respected fire chiefs have led the department, including:  Gus Oman, the first chief, whose 17‑year tenure coincided with the construction of the town’s first fire house; Fred Rousseau, who was instrumental in retrieving the department’s first truck from Maine; Carlton Durham, whose 15 years of leadership were known for their occasional humor; Bob Bideau, who was dedicated to serving his community; John Lawrence, who increased the department’s training activities; Jack Miller, whose leadership focused on increasing the department’s professionalism and response capacity; Pete MacDonald, who carried forward the department’s reputation for excellence; Bill Johnson, who promoted modernization to keep pace with the island’s growth; Peter Rousseau, who assumed his father’s former role with comparable competence and community respect; and the current chief, Michael Murdock, who leads a department encountering 21st century challenges, such as potential hazardous materials accidents and terrorist threats, population growth on the island, and evolving building materials, and

Whereas, he leads a force of dedicated volunteers comprised of both recent recruits and veterans Donald Mashtare and Ron Tier, whose service dates back to the 1960s, and

Whereas, the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department was one of more than 5,000 departments to apply for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Engineers Keep Going Award, and

Whereas, from these thousands of worthy applicants, only five departments were selected as recipients of this special award in the national firefighting fraternity, and

Whereas, the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department was selected as one of the five departments to be presented this honor, and

Whereas, the members of the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department, and all the citizens of Vermont’s most northerly island community, can be proud of the department’s national recognition and commitment to public service, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department on receipt of the Keep Going Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chief Michael Murdock at the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department.  

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont