On Chief Charles R. Reilley, Marin County Fire Department, World War I & the Distinguished Service Cross...
The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award in the United States Army for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.
Did you know that a future Marin County Fire Department Chief was given this award for heroism in combat in World War I in Belgium?
We often say we'll "never forget" heroic acts, and it's clear that the several hundred people who attended his retirement dinner in 1962 had not forgotten. He was highly respected as a Soldier, Fire Chief, and Leader. Fast forward over 50 years later, and it's clear that most or all of the Marin County fire service had forgotten. This is yet another example why we are assembling this historical collection - so we'll remember. Visit Chief Reilly's page on Monday, and see some very special documentation.
Retired California State Fire Marshal and Chief Ronny J. Coleman is a fire service legend. We are proud to have awarded him an honorary membership in MCFCA following his work in Strategic Planning Retreats starting in 2000.
A prolific fire service author and historian, Coleman Chairs the National Fire Heritage Center, a non-profit effort to "preserve the perishable" in fire service history based in Emmitsburg, MA near the National Fire Academy. "... the current efforts to develop a Marin County fire history collection is significant because if has become a depository of some of those perishable components....Many years from today someone will visit the display and be grateful that it was assembled before it was destroyed by the passage of time and lost due to apathy. Please accept my congratulations for the extraordinary effort that has been undertaken to preserve the history of the Marin County fire service," said Coleman.
After several years of research and conducting interviews, we have started our Marin Fire History web site!
It was announced Sunday night at the annual Marin County Fire Chiefs Installation Dinner, held in the Community Room at Jason's Restaurant in Greenbrae. Right now we have only completed some of the structure, and will start uploading more content this month. This will include video. We appreciate your interest and support. Never Forget!
Our Blog announces new site content, and gives the context of the topic and it's relationship to fire service history. Written by Bill Lellis & Paul Smith