The Elsmere Fire Department is very proud this year to present a monumental candidate for the 2000 American Legion Firefighter of the year award. Beginning his fire service career on January 30, 1930, he immediately directed his goals towards advancing in a leadership position.
Three years after entering active membership he was elected as company property clerk. In 1934 he moved into the fire line office by being elected 3rd Lieutenant, and serving in that position for 2 years. From here the upward advancement continued serving in the position of 2nd Lieutenant in 1936, Captain from 1937 to 1941, and Chief of Department in 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, and 1951. This 9-year period as Chief, was only interrupted by a term of active duty with the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. From here the dedication to service continued with the election to Fire District Commissioner in 1953, 1958,1963, 1977, 1980, and 1985. Achievements and honors acquired through the years include Life Membership granted in 1946, Albany County Volunteer Firemen’s Association “Fireman of The Year” in 1980 and numerous fire department awards marking years of service. A career fire protection specialist with the Mobil Oil Corporation, our candidate provided us with the best in fire extinguisher training and the handling of flammable liquids, and shared this expertise as a County Fire Instructor from 1951 to 1957. This year we celebrate his 70 years of service. Not many have achieved this plateau of volunteer service to a community, and not many will ever match it. The personal contribution made to our department and the community is unmeasurable. A model stature that exemplifies the modern day term "Recruitment & Retention", the 2000 Firefighter of the Year our most senior member Kenneth E. McNary. Congratulations on an honor well deserved!