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NO. R-222.  House concurrent resolution honoring Brattleboro Fire Chief David J. Emery.


Offered by:  Representatives Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro and O’Donnell of Vernon

Whereas, when Dave Emery served as fire chief for a day as a Brattleboro Union High School student, he already knew the course of his real life career, and

Whereas, upon graduation from high school in 1970, he immediately joined the Brattleboro fire department and commenced a career that took him from new recruit to his community’s fire chief, and

Whereas, in 1972, just two years after donning his firefighter’s coat for the first time as a member of the force, Dave Emery was named firefighter of the year, and

Whereas, Dave Emery was promoted to the rank of captain in 1977 and a decade later, in 1987, was designated Brattleboro’s assistant chief, and

Whereas, after only two years in the role of assistant chief, Dave Emery became the Brattleboro fire department’s chief, and he has performed successfully in this important office, and

Whereas, recognizing the importance of teaching young persons the primary elements of fire prevention, Dave Emery taught a fire service course and served on the fire service class advisory board at Brattleboro Union High School, and

Whereas, Dave Emery has assumed significant firefighting‑associated roles serving as vice chair and chair of the Vermont State Firefighters Association Training Council and separately in similar roles on the association’s training committee, past and current president of the Vermont Career Chief’s Association, a state forest fire warden, an instructor for the National Incident Command System, past president, secretary, and director of South Western District Fire Mutual Aid System in Keene, New Hampshire, an executive board member for the 13th ambulance district, chair of the Brattleboro Central Dispatch board of directors, and vice chair of the International Association of Red Knights, and

Whereas, his community activities have also consisted of volunteer service on behalf of the Brattleboro Land Trust, the American Red Cross, and St. Michael’s School, and

Whereas, Dave Emery is a veteran of the Vermont National Guard, having attained the rank of sergeant and having served as both a recruiting and tank commander prior to his honorable discharge, and

Whereas, Dave Emery is now concluding his tenure in this public safety role and looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Shirley, and his entire family, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Brattleboro Fire Chief David J. Emery for his professional leadership and public service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brattleboro Fire Chief David Emery.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont