Perryville Fire Company members receive honors at state convention

Local volunteers recognized in Ocean City

  • Members of The Community Fire Company of Perryville receiving the Marbery Gates Award for 50 or more years of service are, seated from left, Carl Ewing, Clyde "Bo" Sinclair, Larry "Juice" Perry, Charles "Amey" Todd and Samuel Anderson; standing from left, Nadine Thomas (surviving spouse of Wilton "Butch" Thomas), George "Ed" Ryan II and Raymond "Al" Ryan Jr. Also pictured standing are John A. Jones, president, Perryville Fire Company; John Denver, vice president, Maryland State Fireman's Association, and Raymond Ryan III, chief, Perryville Fire Company.
Members of The Community Fire Company of Perryville receiving… (Photo courtesy of Wayne…)
July 14, 2011

The Maryland State Fireman's Association Annual Convention was held June 18 through 22 in Ocean City, and this year was special for The Community Fire Company of Perryville, Inc., which had several own members recognized during the annual awards ceremony.

The MSFA awards ceremony was held on June, and several local volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to their community.

Hall of Fame

Daniel "Skip" Mahan was inducted into the MSFA Hall of Fame, which was established by the MSFA in 1979 to recognize the distinguished service of individuals.

To be considered for the Hall of Fame, the nominee must have a minimum of 10 years of service to their home fire, rescue or EMS department/company and have distinguished service first to the MSFA and then to the individual's department and local jurisdiction.

Mahan is only one of seven Cecil County volunteers to be inducted into the MSFA Hall of Fame since its inception.

Family Appreciation Program

Perryville Fire Company submitted eight nominees for the Family Appreciation Program, which recognizes the families of volunteer fire/EMS members whose sacrifice time with the member for the good of the community.

All nominees must exhibit consistent, positive efforts toward training, response and administrative duties; attend meetings, help with fundraising and work on various committees. They must exhibit overall effort to support the team concept.

One of those eight Perryville Fire Company nominees, Charles Gardner, was selected to receive this year's Family Appreciation Program Award.

Marbery F. Gates Service Cup Award

The Marbery F. Gates Service Cup Award, established by the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department and Maryland State Fireman's Association in 1981, recognizes those volunteers who have fifty (50) years of continuous and faithful service to organizations within the association.

Each individual nominated received a plaque and Governor's Citation recognizing them for their Continuous and Faithful Service.

The following Perryville Fire Company volunteers were recognized:

Rowland "Sam" Anderson - 58 years;

Carl Ewing - 54 years;

Larry "Juice" Perry - 56 years;

George "Ed" Ryan - 54 years;

Raymond "Al" Ryan, Jr. - 57 years;

Clyde "Bo" Sinclair - 66 years;

Wilton "Butch" Thomas - 50 years;

Charles "Amey" Todd - 67 years.


In addition to the convention, meetings, training programs, vendor exhibits, awards ceremony, and other various events, the MSFA held its annual parade June 22 along Baltimore Avenue from the Inlet to 9th Street.

This year one of Perryville Fire Company's fire prevention ambassadors was recognized during the parade: Michaella Patrick was named Best Appearing Junior Miss Fire Prevention, 2nd Place

For information on Perryville Fire Company visit their website at or join their e-mail list for special events, meetings, and general information, by sending an email of interest to

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