Ocean City Fire Department Loses Nearly 80 Years of Service in One Afternoon
Ocean City, Maryland – (October 4, 2019): Ocean City firefighters David Cropper and David Pruitt have retired after each protecting and serving the Ocean City community for nearly 40 years. Their combined 77 years of service was celebrated on Tuesday, October 1, at the Mayor and City Council work session at City Hall.
Both men spent their careers working as firefighters and emergency medical providers in the town’s career fire division, playing pivotal roles in building the professional foundations for the department. Cropper, a former chief of the volunteer division, began his career with the town in 1979. After serving in several critical leadership roles, he plans to enjoy his retirement fishing and spending time friends, family, and new granddaughter Marlie.
“I don’t know where 40 years went so quick,” Cropper stated. “I couldn’t have done what I did without the support of the volunteer fire company and the city. I don’t feel bad about leaving because our department is in good hands.”
Pruitt began his career in Ocean City in 1982. Since then, he used his knowledge and experience to serve the department, along with the residents and visitors of Ocean City. He played an essential role in gaining Ocean City recognition as a nationally advanced lifesaving support system (ALS) and was a leader and a mentor within the organization ranks. Pruitt is looking forward to spending time with his wife Cindy, their two kids and grandson.
“It’s hard to lose nearly 80 years of service to our community in one afternoon,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “When we think about all of the people you have helped, the lives you have touched and the calls you have responded to over that time, there is simply no way to thank you enough. The department will certainly not be the same without you both.”