Those stories, he said, about Uncle Ray and others, "are worth their weight in gold to me."

The following are the fire service personnel honored at the May 20 ceremony:

1928 — Monroe Seitz, Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company

1933 —  John D. Kane, Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company


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1933 — Clarence Almony, Hereford Volunteer Fire Company

1933 — Ellwood Hicks, Hereford Volunteer Fire Company

1940 — S. Howard Miller, Hereford Volunteer Fire Company

1941—  Linwood P. Brookhart, Baltimore County Fire Department, Station 1 (Towson)

1951 —  Clyde Hedrick, Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company

1955 —  Carl S. Dill, Baltimore County Fire Department, Station 4 (Catonsville)

1955 —  William J. Miller, Baltimore County Fire Department, Station 4 (Catonsville)

1961 — Clarence W. Belt, Baltimore County Fire Department, Station 1 (Towson)

1964 — Joseph Smith, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company

1965 — Robert E. Thomas, Hereford Volunteer Fire Company

1968 — Raymond E. Otto, Glyndon Volunteer Fire Company

1970 — Philip Watts, Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company

1971 — Milton R. DeSombre, Bowley's Quarters Volunteer Fire Company

1971 — Charles E. Hopwood Jr., Cowenton Volunteer Fire Company

1971 — Douglas Mueller, Cowenton Volunteer Fire Company

1971 — Warren E. Shaffer, Bowley's Quarters Volunteer Fire Company