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NO. R-29.  House concurrent resolution honoring Norwich fire chief Howard D. “Jack” Fraser for his half century of outstanding local, state, and national public service.


Offered by:  Representatives Cheney of Norwich and Masland of Thetford

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack, and Nitka

Whereas, Jack Fraser joined the Norwich Fire Department in 1955, and

Whereas, while serving in the department, he attended classes at the University of Vermont and enrolled in the school’s ROTC program, and

Whereas, in 1960, he graduated from the university and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, and

Whereas, Jack Fraser completed the rigorous requirements to become a United States Army Ranger, and in that capacity, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and

Whereas, after returning from Vietnam, Jack Fraser taught as an ROTC instructor at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, Colonel Jack Fraser retired from the US Army Reserve in 1990, having served his country for over 35 years, and

Whereas, over the years, Jack Fraser also rose in the ranks of the Norwich Fire Department serving as assistant chief for a number of years until his appointment as chief in 1995, and

Whereas, Chief Fraser served as a member of emergency planning committee number 3 in Windsor County, and

Whereas, he helped develop and write the first Windsor County hazardous materials response plan, and

Whereas, his considerable expertise prepared Chief Fraser to serve as the town of Norwich’s emergency management coordinator and deputy emergency management director, and he was instrumental in developing the first Norwich hazardous materials response plan and all-hazards emergency operations plan, and

Whereas, under the leadership of Chief Fraser, the town of Norwich modernized its fire protection services, including hazardous materials response, fire apparatus, safety equipment, training, rural fire protection, water supply, rescue, and establishment of emergency medical services, and

Whereas, through Jack Fraser’s efforts, the town of Norwich earned a public protection classification of 4 from the insurance services office, one of the highest classifications in Vermont which enabled the town to reduce its property insurance rates, and

Whereas, aside from all his public-safety-related duties, Jack Fraser served on the Norwich planning commission, and

Whereas, Chief Fraser retired from his municipal duties on December 31, 2006, and

Whereas, despite his many accomplishments, he remains a modest man with a warm smile and a true Vermont sense of humor, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors and extends its sincere appreciation to Howard Fraser for his half century of outstanding local, state, and national public service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chief Jack Fraser, to his daughters, Cynthia Fraser, Wendy Bagley, and Cheri Henry, to the Norwich Fire Department, and to the Norwich selectboard.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont