2 Frederick County firefighters honored

Posted: October 8, 2012

Star staff report

WINCHESTER — Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Chief Henry Shiley has been named Frederick County Fire and Rescue’s Volunteer of the Year and Michelle Redman has been named Career Firefighter of the Year.

The awards were presented at a recent appreciation picnic for the county’s fire and rescue personnel.

Shiley was nominated for the award by career firefighter John Wright, who stated that Shiley “continues to lead Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company after 50 years.”

“Chief Shiley is active every day in the operations of the station and leads fundraising efforts for the company,” Wright wrote. “Chief Shiley’s knowledge of the fire service is astounding. He is a remarkable leader of not only his company, but the fire and rescue system as a whole.”

Shiley is a lifelong Frederick County resident who joined the fire company at age 18, according to a press release. He was elected chief in 1963 and has been elected every year since.

“Shiley is dedicated to running a professional company and encourages volunteers to be honest, train and remain committed,” the release states.

Redman, resource management specialist for Frederick County Fire and Rescue, was nominated for her award by Wright and Specalist/EMT-B Jacob White.

She has worked for the department for nearly 15 years.

“Michelle has been an unsung hero in the department,” White wrote in his nomination letter, adding that she is the behind-the-scenes person who keeps operations going.

According to Wright, Redman ensures that all career personnel have the gear and equipment needed to do their jobs and assists the individual volunteer fire companies.

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