Maryland State Firemen's Association

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June 19-25, 2020
June 18-24, 2021

June 12-17, 2022

Executive Committee Meetings
September 21 and 22, 2019
Bay District Volunteer Fire Department

December 7 and 8, 2019
Suderlersville Volunteer Fire Department


November 14, 2019
New Market Volunteers to hold All You Can Eat Breakfast Fundraiser with Santa
November 13, 2019
Executive Committee Meeting - December 7th & 8th, 2019
November 12, 2019
November 12, 2019
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association December Meeting
November 5, 2019
VHC New Years Eve BINGO
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November 17, 2019
Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department 12420 McMullen Highway, SW, Cumberland, MD. 21502
November 17, 2019
Eastern Shore Volunteer Firemen's Association
Girdletree VFC
November 18, 2019
Cecil County Vol. Firemen's Association
Hacks Point VFC
November 19, 2019
Quarter Auction
Ferndale VFC
November 19, 2019
Wicomico County Volunteer Firemen's Assn
Delmar VFD
November 19, 2019
November 20, 2019
Howard County Volunteer Firemen's Association
Savage VFC
November 20, 2019
Kent - Queen Anne's Volunteer Fire, EMS and Rescue Association
Crumpton VFC
November 21, 2019
Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association
Chestnut Ridge VFC
November 21, 2019
St. Mary's County Fire Board Association
Public Safety Building, 23090 Leonard Hall Rd, Leonardtown, MD
November 21, 2019
Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
Sharpsburg Ambulance
November 21, 2019
Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
Guardian Hose
November 21, 2019
Montgomery County Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association
Wheaton Rescue
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Purpose of Award:
Outstanding contribution to the MSFA

Award Sponsor:
Mr. Bernard D. "Buck" Gladhill, and the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department

Award Administered By: MSFA Elected Officers

This award was originally established by Mr. Bernard D. "Buck" Gladhill and accepted by the MSFA Executive Committee in 1974.  Mr. Gladhill saw the need to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the future welfare of the MSFA and would be known as the Gladhill Trophy.  The award will be considered the highest Maryland State Firemen's Association award that can be conferred on an individual.  It will be awarded on a highly selective basis to an individual who, in the opinion of the judges, has made an outstanding contribution to the future welfare of members of the MSFA or who has distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service of major significance to the MSFA or the Fire Service of the United States.  In 1984 the award was changed to the Gladhill-Thompson Trophy in recognition of both Mr. Gladhill and Chief Thompson.
Award Rules:

1. Eligibility - - -

A. The following are eligible:

1. Members of the “Official Family” (i.e., members of the Executive Committee, the Standing Committees, Special Committees, ect etc.) or; 

2. Bona fide members of member fire companies or; 

3. Members of part-paid or paid fire departments, within the state, or; 

4. Former members of an organized Fire Department within the state. 

B. The following are not eligible: 

1. The judges 

2. Any candidate that received compensation for the performance of the act or acts considered for the award 

2. Criteria - - -

A. The Candidate accomplished assigned (or assumed) duties in such a manner as have been clearly exceptional among all who have performed like or similar duties in a superior manner and/or; 

B. The candidate developed and improved methods and procedures, or produced an innovation or invention which accomplished extraordinary results for the MSFA or the U.S. Fire Service; or 

C. The candidate may have exhibited great courage and voluntary risk of personal safety or personal possessions in the face of danger, over and beyond the call of duty, in performing an act or acts which resulted in direct benefit to the MSFA and/or its members (which this award is given for a “heroic” act it shall be given to the candidate of no other award (cash or otherwise) has been granted previously in connection with the same act); or 

D. The candidate may have rendered outstanding service related to his/her activities for the Maryland State Firemen’s Association comparable with the above and relating to the following: 

1. Activities which improved the image of the Association or which gained favorable benefits of meritorious recognition for the Association or it members, or; 

2. Contributed to/or developed a valuable program for the benefit of the future of the Association and its members.

3. Time Period - - - 

Although it is realized that to be fully effective an award should be timely, it is not necessary that the service or performance be rendered within the year of the award. 

4. Preparation of Award Certification - - - 

Factual information will be prepared as separate correspondence in the form of a proposal for each candidate. It shall list the candidates’ accomplishments in accordance with the above criteria (Section 2). 

5. Submission of Nominations - - -

A. The name or names of prospective recipients shall be submitted to: 

Doyle E. Cox, Secretary
29132 Superior Circle
Easton, Maryland 21601 

before April 15st of each year or at least 30 days before the Annual Convention 

B. If no candidates are submitted to the judges, the judges shall select a qualified candidate. 

6. The Judges - - -

A. The judges shall be the elected officers of the MSFA. 

B. A simple majority of the judges present and voting shall be necessary for a decision. 

The Award will be presented to the recipient annually at the AnnualConvention and to be inscribed with his/her name.  He/she will be presented with a miniature for his/her possession at the following Annual Convention.

After the trophy has been filled with the names of the recipients, the award will be retired to the Volunteer Firefighter's Room, Adult Education Center, University of Maryland, College Park.

 Previous Recipients:
Year   Name   Department County
1974   Chief Leslie B. Thompson, P.P.   Damascus Montgomery
1975   Chief Ralph N. Small, P.P.   Boulevard Heights Prince George's
1976   Robert J. Smith, P.P.   West Lanham Hills Prince George's
1977   Chief Lewis C. Grabille   Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Montgomery
1978   Chief Joseph R. Robison, P.P.   Laurel  Prince George's
1979   Edgar Snyder   Manchester Carroll
1980   Roy L. Wood, P.P.    Beltsville Prince George's
1981   Chief A. Marvin Gibbons, P.P.   Hillandale Montgomery
1982   Gerald A. Glaubitz, P.P.   Morningside Prince George's
1983   William A. Hawkins   Jessup - Anne Arundel
Award known as the “Gladhill Trophy” prior to 1984
1984   Gene Worthington, P.P.   Level Harford
1985   Chief Charles W. Riley, P.P.   Abingdon Harford
1986   Bernard D. "Buck" Gladhill   Damascus Montgomery
1987   Chief William J. Fleshman, P.P.   Beltsville Prince George's
1988   William Denver   Elkton Cecil
1989   Chief J. Donald Mooney   Lansdowne Baltimore
1990   Anne Hawkins   Jessup Anne Arundel
1991   David E. Kirk, P.P.   Bowling Green Allegany
1992   Chief Leonard T. King, P.P.   Damascus Montgomery
1993   Chief John W. Smith, P.P.    West Annapolis Anne Arundel
1994   Chief Charles B. Burton, P.P.   Landover Hills Prince George's
1995   Charles W. Wills   Potomac Heights Charles
1996   John Shuhart    Barton Allegany
1997   Robert Jacobs, P.P.   Citizens Truck Frederick
1998   Chief Thomas A. Mattingly, P.P.   Leonardtown St. Mary's
1999   Lee N. Sachs, P.P.   Pikesville Baltimore
2000   Chief Ron J. Siarnicki   Prince George's County  
2001   Richard L. Yinger, P.P.   Citizens Truck Frederick
2002   C. Oscar Baker, P.P.   Mt. Airy Carroll
2003   Roger N. Powell, P.P.   Pikesville Baltimore
2004   Robert W. Saville   Bowling Green Allegany
2005   Wylie L. Donaldson   Odenton Anne Arundel
2006   Margaret King   Maryland State Firemen’s Association  
2007   Doyle E. Cox, P.P.   Prince Frederick Calvert
2008   Louis J. Jonske   Joppa Magnolia  Harford
2009   C. Daniel Davis, Jr., P.P.   Hollywood VFD St. Mary's
2010   Benjamin W. Kurtz   Jerrettsville  Harford
2011   Philip M. Hurlock, P.P.   Church Hill  Queen Anne's
2012   W. Mitchell "Mitch" Vocke   Jarrettsville Harford
2013   George A. "Fred" Cross, Jr., P.P.   Chestnut Ridge Balltimore
2014   Stephan D. Cox, P.P.   Norrisville / Bel Air Harford
2015   Richard K. Brooks III   Norrisville Harford
2016   David L. Lewis, P.P.   Odenton Anne Arundel
2017   Richard Smith   Oxford Talbot
2018   Craig B. Harman   Odenton  Anne Arundel
2019   Douglas R. Simpkins, Jr.   Arbutus Baltimore









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