KQA volunteers hold memorial service
KENNEDYVILLE — Eleven members of the Kent and Queen Anne’s Volunteer Fire, EMS and Rescue Association who died within the past year were honored at the annual memorial service of the group held in Kennedyville on May 13.
The Rev. Vonnie Paxton, of the Kennedyville United Methodist Church and chaplain of the two-county association, handled the program, which included songs by the Burke Family, Doug Cutter on bagpipes, along with Margaret Ann Gary, organist; and Jessie Downey Sr., on the bugle.
The memorials to the deceased members, that included lighting a candle as each name was called, were as follows:
KENT COUNTY Community Fire Company, Millington — Bunnie Sheldon Smoot, died Nov. 25, 2015, at age 72. He was a life member of the fire company where he served in many offices. He was also a member of the association’s hall of fame.
Rock Hall Fire Company — Ray Brilz II, died on Jan. 24, 2015. A member of the fire company, he was active with fundraisers and the company fish fry. Gary Wilmer Jones, died Oct. 23, 2015, at age 57. He held many offices and was also a member of the Chestertown Fire Company. He was a medical examiner for Kent County. George Francis Kendall, died Nov. 18, 2015, at age 70. One of the first EMT’s in Rock Hall, he was a member of the fire company.
QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY Sudlersville Fire Company — Ronald Seaman. He had been a member of the fire department auxiliary for 5 years. Monte Edward Webb, died Feb. 26, 2015, at age 66. He was both a life member of the fire company and auxiliary. Henry Thompson Niehaus, died Feb. 3, 2015, at age 68. He was a life member of the fire company.
United Communities Volunteer Fire Department — John Richard Bossert III, died Dec. 6, 2015, at age 47. A life member of the fire company, he held many offices, and was also chief of the EMS Commission and an EMT.
Church Hill Fire Company — Darren Matthew Rhodes, died Sept. 4, 2015, at age 23. At the time of his death, he was an active member of the U.S. Army and the fire company. Bernard “Col.” Ross Rhodes, died on Jan 27, 2015, at age 88. He was chief engineer of the fire company.
Crumpton Fire Company — Jean Y. Parsons, died on June 19, 2015, at age 70. She was an active member of both the Crumpton and Chestertown fire companies, and had been inducted into the Maryland State Firemen’s and Ladies Auxiliar y’s Halls of Fame along with the Kent and Queen Anne’s association’s Hall of Fame. She was well-known for preparing bags for firefighters and families who had cancer.
As the final candle was lit, there was a moment of silence for all departed members.