Owens rec­og­nized for years of ser­vice

Kent County News - - OPINION - By DAN TABLER

— Mem­bers of the Kent and Queen Anne’s Fire and EMS As­so­ci­a­tion held their Septem­ber din­ner­meet­ing in the Betterton fire­house Sept. 19.

Doug Gare, pres­i­dent, and a mem­ber of the United Com­mu­ni­ties Fire Com­pany on Kent Is­land, presided and called up Donald Owens of the host com­pany for a special recog­ni­tion.

Doyle Cox, a past pres­i­dent of the Mary­land State Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion, pre­sented Owens with a Special Cer­tifi­cate of Recog­ni­tion, “to honor you for your ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­com­plish­ments while rep­re­sent­ing the Betterton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, your com­mu­nity, the fire and res­cue ser­vice of Kent County and the State of Mary­land dur­ing your 74 years of ser- vice and at the great age of 90.”

Owens re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the au­di­ence and said he was “hum­bled” by the honor.

He has also been a pres­i­dent of the two-county or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing the 1989 year.

An­other state as­so­ci­a­tion past pres­i­dent, Ge­orge A. Cross Jr., of the Chest­nut Ridge Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany in Bal­ti­more County, was present along with Michael Faust, a mem­ber of the Sudlersville Fire Vol­un­teer Com­pany, and newly elected sec­ond vice pres­i­dent of MSFA, had a few re­marks.

The two-county as­so­ci­a­tion is now meet­ing ev­ery other month and is plan­ning to meet at the Good­will fire­house in Centreville on Nov. 15.

PHOTO BY DAN TABLER

Mary­land State Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion past pres­i­dent Doyle Cox, left, presents a Cer­tifi­cate of Recog­ni­tion to Donald Owens, a 74-year mem­ber of the Betterton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, at a Kent and Queen Anne’s Fire, EMS and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing at the Betterton fire­house, Sept. 19.

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