Winfield firefighter honored posthumously

Two others also inducted into county Hall of Fame

May 16, 2004|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

A Winfield firefighter posthumously followed his father into the county firefighters' Hall of Fame yesterday during the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association's annual convention.

Ronald Legore, a 32-year member of the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department who died two years ago, was one of three inductees into the Hall of Fame. His late father, Howard Legore, a founder of the Winfield fire company, was inducted in 1996.

Ronald Legore died in early 2002, just a few months after his father. Between 1978 and 1999, the younger Legore was assistant chief for 11 years and fire chief for 10 years. He also was carnival chairman for many years and was active on other committees.

Other inductees were Scott W. Davis of the Union Bridge Fire Company and Wayne Staley of Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.

Davis has been an active member at Union Bridge for 58 years, serving as an administrative officer, fire engine and ambulance driver and fund-raiser. He also was county association president in 1963.

Staley, the association's publicity committee chairman, has been at Taneytown for 35 years. He organized the junior fire company there, has been a fire and emergency medical services officer and helped create the county Ambulance Association.

The Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company and the governor honored Staley in 1989 for rescuing a woman while off duty.

Since 1980, the association has annually inducted three members into the Hall of Fame. Inductees must have served a fire company for at least 20 years in either fire service, emergency medical services or administration.

Members have their name engraved on a plaque at Carroll Community College.

The firefighters also awarded $500 scholarships to three high school students planning a career in the fire service. Applicants must be taking a curriculum approved by the scholarship committee, have a 2.0 grade-point average and describe their career goals.

Recipients were:

Brent Donovan, 17, a North Carroll High senior planning to attend Carroll Community College in the fall. He is a member of the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company and is enrolled in the emergency services technology program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

Danielle Mitchell, 17, a senior at South Carroll High planning to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall. A member of the Winfield fire company, she is a student in the allied health program at the technology center.

Danny Nott, 18, a senior at North Carroll heading to UMBC. He is a member of the Manchester Fire Company and is enrolled in the EST program at the technology center.

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