Vergennes mourns loss of fire chief

Testimony to his leadership are the positions he has held and the honors he has received; two-time past president of the Vermont State Firefighters Assoc, past president and lifetime member of the Addison County Firefighters Assoc, the Robert B. King Fire Chief of the Year and the Francis J. Shorkey Fire Chief of the Year. Beyond his service as a firefighter and desiring to serve further, he was also a member of the American Legion Post 14, the Addison County Eagles, a charter member of the Vergennes Rotary for 56 years; an organizer for Meals on Wheels; and an active servant to Saint Peter's Catholic Church, serving in many capacities. In recognition of his many years of service to his community and his Fire Department his achievements were read into the Congressional Record in June, 2008 by Congressman Bernie Sanders. His many achievements garnered during his lifetime are too numerous to mention. Visiting hours were held Jan. 5 at the Vergennes Fire Station.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Saint Peter's Catholic Church Jan. 6 with interment at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Saint Peter's Restoration Fund, 85 South Maple Street, Vergennes or the Stevens Hose Company, P.O. Box 35, Vergennes, Vt. 05491.

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