KQA vol­un­teers hold me­mo­rial ser­vice

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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.

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