Hall of fame runs in families


The Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association was to induct the third member of the Baker family and the second member of the Nott family into its Hall of Fame at yesterday's annual convention.

E. Richard "Ricky" Baker Jr., outgoing CCVESA president, was to join his father, E. Richard "Dick" Baker Sr., and great-uncle, C. Oscar Baker, in the Hall of Fame.

Also scheduled to be inducted were Donald L. Nott Jr. from Manchester Fire Engine and Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, who joins his uncle, Harvey H. Nott Sr., and Dennis Wayne Brothers from Gamber & Community Fire Company.

The newest Baker inductee is a 24-year member of Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, and before that, a 7-year member of Winfield Community Fire Department, where his father is a founding member. Oscar Baker is a longtime member at Mount Airy.

The Bakers are the first family to have three members in the Hall of Fame.

Ricky Baker has training in multiple fire, medical and rescue areas and has served on numerous committees at Mount Airy. He was an association delegate for 11 years before being elected second vice president in 2003 and moving up to president this past year.

Baker also is involved with the Maryland State Firemen's Association through various committees.

Nott, a 31-year member and life member at Manchester, has been fire chief and assistant chief, board of directors member, and member of numerous committees. He has been a county association representative and also attends state firemen's association conventions for the company.

He has emergency training in multiple areas, and as an employee of the town of Manchester, is able to answer fire company calls at any time.

Brothers, treasurer of the county association for the past four years, has been a member of Gamber for 29 years, serving as fire chief from 1986 to 1988 and 2002 to 2006, and was EMS captain in 1982. He also has served on various committees and helped with fundraisers. He is a Baltimore County career firefighter.

He has earned several honors from Gamber for his dedication, including ambulance attendant of the year in 1980 and administrative member of the year in 1998. Among his other duties, he is chairing the company's expansion project with his family business, Brothers Builders.

The Hall of Fame was started in 1980 to recognize dedicated service to the individual fire companies. Members must have 20 years of service to be eligible and be nominated by their fire company.

Three new members are inducted at the county association's annual convention in May. The association has a Hall of Fame wall at Carroll Community College with plaques bearing the names and years of all inductees.

"We had 17 nominations from 11 companies, the biggest number we've had to date," said Lynn Gabeler, Hall of Fame committee chair. "We looked at repeat nominees -- we had several that were submitted last year and resubmitted this year -- and included some in this year's inductees."


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