3 volunteer firefighters honored by association

1 hall of fame inductee joins his grandfather

May 21, 2002|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

A third-generation member of Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company has joined his grandfather in the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association Hall of Fame.

R. Dale Lowman was one of three county firefighters inducted into the hall at the Carroll firemen's association's annual convention. This year's convention - the 79th - was held Saturday at Manchester Fire Engine and Hook & Ladder Company. The ladies auxiliary held its 60th convention.

The hall of fame was begun in 1979, and members are selected based on contributions to their fire companies. Plaques with the names of inductees are on display at Carroll Community College.

Firefighters inducted Saturday with Lowman are Harry Fourhman of Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department and Wayne Logue of Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department.

Lowman followed his firefighter grandfather and father, joining the Mount Airy company as a junior member in 1968 and senior member in 1972. He has held office and delegate positions at the company, county and state firemen association levels, including helping with conventions and serving on committees. He has been Mount Airy fire lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and chief.

His grandfather Arthur Lowman was inducted into the hall in 1985. Theirs is the only family to have two members in the hall of fame.

"I'd say that this is at the very top of my accomplishments right now," Lowman said. "And to be with my grandfather [in the hall], that's the best honor of all."

Fourhman is a 45-year member of the Lineboro company, and has served as company president, vice president, assistant treasurer and treasurer. He has been a county association delegate and secretary, and has been active on several committees. He is responsible for the time cards for paid personnel and maintaining departmental budgets.

"I didn't know I did all this, until I read it all - then I remembered," Fourhman said, joking.

Logue is a charter member of the 37-year-old Winfield company. He has been active as a fire responder and officer, including lieutenant, an assistant chief, a fire chief and member of the board of directors. One of his main responsibilities is maintenance of Winfield's fire equipment. He also is active in fund raising.

"I was totally surprised," Logue said of his induction. "I just do my job to help the community and the people in the community."

Fire officials also discuss business and install new officers at the annual convention. Among business matters discussed Saturday were changes to the association's bylaws.

Convention delegates voted on 64 bylaw changes; 62 passed. Changes were made to sections detailing the duties of officers and committees; programs operated by the association; and the association's authority to take punitive action against companies that do not obey bylaws.

Both groups installed officers for 2002-2003.

Firemen's association officers are C. Douglas Bostian, president, Union Bridge; Tom VandeBussche, first vice president, Taneytown; Marianne Warehime, second vice president, Lineboro; Ralph Dull, secretary, Manchester; and Joe Hess, treasurer, Reese.

Ladies auxiliary officers are Yvonne Stultz, president, Union Bridge; Janet Parrish, first vice president, Taneytown; Mary Jo Lilley, second vice president, Lineboro; Jeanne Green, secretary, Gamber; Sharon Sidler, treasurer, Mount Airy; June Black, historian, Sykesville; Barbara Zepp, chaplain, Winfield.

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