St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department via Facebook

The members of the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire & Rescue are proud to announce that Life member Daniel O. Baker, Jr., (D.O.) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Maryland State Fireman’s convention in Ocean City, Maryland.

This prestigious award is given in recognition of distinguished service to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association or an Individual Department or County Fire or Rescue Service. D.O. started in the volunteer fire service at Woodland Beach VFD, Anne Arundel County at the age of 16. In 1966, D.O. moved to Calvert County where he joined the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department. He served as a member of the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department before joining the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department in December 1987.

D.O. has been active with our department and instrumental in the growth, improvements, and advancements we’ve made. He has held the position of Chief, President, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for several years. Please join us in congratulating D.O. on this outstanding achievement.

The Hall of Fame Award was established by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA) Executive Committee in 1979 as a result of a recommendation from Past President Eugene J. C. Raney to recognize the distinguished service of individuals.  The first emphasis to be service to the MSFA and then service to the individual’s department and local jurisdiction.

  Through the year 1985, the Hall of Fame Committee was authorized to select up to twenty (20) inductees into the Hall of Fame, and hence the selection shall be limited to ten (10) inductees, either living or deceased.   The award shall be made at the Annual Convention. 

Distinguished service to the MSFA is the primary consideration, with service to the member’s company and county to be considered also.

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