Frederick County Resident Elected President Of MSFA

He was elected during the Association’s convention last week. .

Eric Smothers, Presidents, Md. State Firemen’s Association (Photo from Md. State Firemen’s Association)

Ocean City Md. (KM) There’s a new president of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, and he’s from Frederick County. Eric Smothers was elected to the post last week during the Association’s Annual Convention in Ocean City. He will lead the organization over the next 12 months. Its membership includes 360 volunteer fire and rescue companies from all over Maryland.

Smothers is the Assistant Chief of the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Company, and a past President of the Frederick County  Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

Also, Chip Jewell will serve as the Chairman of the 13-member Executive Committee of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association. Jewell is President of the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition, Jean Main was elected President of the Association’s Ladies Auxiliary. She is currently President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, and represented the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Company.

During the officers’  installation last Tuesday, June 20th, Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services  Chief Tom Coe presented the incoming presidents  with a proclamation on behalf of County Executive Jessica Fitzwater and the Division of Fire and Rescue Services. .Urbana Volunteer Fire Chief Jim May made a presentation from the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

Several Frederick County volunteers were presented with awards and honors during the convention. One was Bonnie Huntley with the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company who was awarded the Dr. Josiah Hunt EMS Person of the Year Award. Stacey Lakin,  who is a member of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company, was awarded Fire Fighter of the Year award. Stephen Jacobs with the Citizens Truck Company, was inducted into the MSFA Hall of Fame.

Frederick County resident and volunteer member, Ashley Nalborcyzk was elected as the first runner up for the Maryland State Firemen’s Association’ Fire Prevention Ambassador. She will represent MSFA all over Maryland at banquets, meetings and special events.

By Kevin McManus