The Ocean City Fire Department’s celebrated the retirement of two employees today, honoring over 50 years of combined dedicated service to the town of Ocean City. Filling the council chambers in City Hall, several members of the OCFD family watched as their colleagues, J.H. Williams and William E. Hall, were given a proclamation and key to the city by the Mayor and City Council.
First, William E. Hall, more fondly known as “Mr. Bill,” retired after 25 years with the Ocean City Fire Department. Hall joined the Town’s career division full-time in 1989 and has spent his career working as a vehicle/equipment mechanic and firefighter.
Hall’s formal responsibilities included the maintenance and repair of emergency vehicles assigned to the fire department. In addition, Hall responded to emergency calls as needed. With several specialized training certificates, including aerial operation, hazmat technician and EMT, Hall also served his community outside of Ocean City as an Assistant Chief of the Showell Volunteer Fire Company.
“I’d like to thank my friends and co-workers for their many years of support,” Hall said.
With his official retirement date, November 30, nearing, Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Larmore said Hall will be hard to replace. “We might be able to find someone to fill the position,” Larmore stated. “But we certainly won’t be able to find another Mr. Bill.”
Also receiving recognition was J.H. Williams, who retired after 31 years with the Town of Ocean City. Williams joined the Town’s career division in 1983, and has spent his career working as a firefighter/paramedic. In addition to his work as a career employee, he also works with the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department.
While Williams’ formal responsibilities included providing emergency first response to the residents and visitors of Ocean City, he also served on the department’s dive team and was a member of the Maryland Crisis Response Team. Throughout his career, Williams obtained numerous certifications in the fields of fire suppression and EMS. He was a nationally recognized paramedic and was a certified advanced rescue technician.
“I want to thank the hiring board for giving me a chance to work here,” said Williams. “Also, I would like to thank all of my co-workers and the management over the years.”
Williams, who will continue to work with the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department, plans to continue to serve his community. He also hopes to occupy his free time traveling with his wife and family and spending time with his seven grandchildren.