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Wylie L. Donaldson of Odenton Volunteer Fire Company Receives Robert H. Shimer Person of the Year Award
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By Member John Long, Jr.
June 26, 2018

Odenton VFC

Robert H. Shimer Administrative Person of the Year

Wylie L. Donaldson, Jr. was awarded the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA) Robert H. Shimer Administrative Person of the Year Award for 2018 on June 19, 2018.
Wylie joined the OVFC on September 13, 1952 at 14 years old, following in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather, who was a Charter Member of the OVFC. Since 1960, he has continuously served in a position as either an administrative officer or a suppression officer. He has served on far too many company committees to commit to paper. He has held every administrative position in the Company and was the President from 1968 through 1974. He became a Second Lieutenant in 1962 and rose to the rank of Chief in 1974, a position he proudly served until 1989, when he chose to step down. Even with 65 years of active and continuous service, Wylie remains an instrumental part of the OVFC success, currently serving as Vice President and the co-chair of the annual carnival committee. Many of OVFC's leaders today have been mentored by Wylie. One of the pumpers is dedicated to him in recognition of his service and support to the fire company and the community.

During his tenure as Chief, Wylie instilled that training was a vital component of delivering the highest quality of service to the citizens of the community. He also promotes the concept of the fire company being a vital part of the community and ensures OVFC presence is visible at all community events. Community leaders look to Wylie whenever there is a local project needing the support of the fire company. Wylie finds a way of getting the job done and gaining the support of the people needed to make sure that is done right.

Wylie has also demonstrated his leadership ability with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association (AACVFA). He served as one of the volunteer representatives to the Fire Advisory Board from 1982 through 1990, and as AACVFA President from 1998 to 1999. During his term as President, he followed a vision of bringing new life to the volunteer fire service and initiated a volunteer cadet program within the Anne Arundel County Public School system. Most recently, Wylie helped lead efforts to greatly enhance the Volunteer Length of Service Award Program to reward volunteers for their service and provide an incentive to retain active volunteers. For his service to the ACCVFA, Wylie was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1998, was named Individual of the Year in 1994 and 2009, and was the Member of the Quarter in August 2010. He was also recognized by the 100 Club of Anne Arundel County as an Unsung Hero in 2007.

Wylie has also been actively served the MSFA for several decades. He has served on numerous committees, most notably as Anne Arundel County’s representative on the Executive Committee from 1998 until 2012 and as Executive Committee Chairman in 2011-2012. Wylie presently serves as Chair of the Convention Exhibits Committee and as one of the Assistant Treasurers, acting as the association’s liaison to the Maryland Military Department and overseeing the administration of the $10M grant program to the state’s fire services and the $20M loan program for MSFA member companies. For his service to MSFA, he was inducted in the MSFA Hall of Fame in 1999, received the Gladhill-Thompson Trophy in 2005, and the Marbury F. Gates Service Cup Award in 2009.

Wylie has dutifully served the interests of the OVFC and the fire service in Anne Arundel County and across the State of Maryland for over 65 years. He demonstrates the leadership qualities that each of us strive to achieve and serves as a role model and mentor for each person that he meets. Wylie is a staunch supporter of the volunteer fire service.

MSFA Past President Philip M. Hurlock, MSFA Past President Robert W. Jacobs, 
Wylie L. Donaldson, MSFA Past President Charles Daniel Davis, Jr.
MSFA Past President Philip M. Hurlock, MSFA Past President Robert W. Jacobs, Wylie L. Donaldson, MSFA Past President Charles Daniel Davis, Jr.

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Park Armagost September 17, 2018 at 12:52 AM
Thank you chief, You were and are a guide in all that I've done as a volunteer firefighter for the last 35 years. Semper fi. OVFC - 1983-1987

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association September 17, 2018 at 4:42 AM

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