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NO. R-358.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh.


Offered by:  Representatives Courcelle of Rutland City, Andrews of Rutland City, Howard of Rutland City and McCormack of Rutland City

Offered by:  Senators Carris, Maynard and Mullin

Whereas, Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh was dedicated to his profession and to improving his colleagues’ working conditions and advancement opportunities, and

Whereas, he began his firefighting career as a part-time employee of the department before his appointment to a full-time firefighting position in 1974, and

Whereas, Michael Walsh was born in Rutland, graduated from Mount Assumption High School in Plattsburgh, New York, and earned a degree in fire science from the State University of New York’s Empire College, and

Whereas, always seeking to broaden his skills, Michael Walsh becoming an EMT in 1975, a paramedic in 1981, and most recently, in 2007, earned certification as an FAA Airport Firefighter, and

Whereas, Michael Walsh completed the rigorous service and skill requirements for designation as a firefighter one in 1996, and then as a firefighter two in 2001, and

Whereas, the Rutland City Fire Department recognized both his skills and leadership attributes, promoting him successively to the rank of lieutenant, captain, and in 2002, deputy fire chief, and

Whereas, Michael Walsh’s contributions to the firefighting profession extended beyond the confines of Rutland City through his pivotal leadership roles in instituting the first paramedic program in the state and in introducing binding arbitration for Vermont’s firefighters, and

Whereas, his fellow firefighters admired his battling on their behalf as secretary, president, and shop steward of the local chapter of the International Association of Firefighters, and

Whereas, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh remained on the job as the deputy commander of the department’s C shift until just days before his death from lung cancer on December 30, 2007 at age 55, and

Whereas, his community and colleagues held this award-winning public safety leader in such high regard that Governor Douglas issued a proclamation, designating January 3, 2008 as “Michael Walsh Day,” and

Whereas, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh’s fellow firefighters marched in procession to and from his funeral, and they concluded their fond farewell at the Rutland City fire station with the traditional final alarm ceremony and the blowing of the whistle, and

Whereas, the death of Deputy Rutland City Fire Chief Michael Walsh was a great loss to the city of Rutland and its citizens, and

Whereas, his family, including his wife, Paula, son, Brian, stepsons, Jason and Justin Haynes, his step-grandson, his sister, Diane, and his father and stepmother, have lost a truly remarkable husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Michael Walsh, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the members of the family of Michael Walsh and to the Rutland City Fire Department.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont