WILLIAM A. “BILL” EDWARDS, joined the Marlboro VFD in November of 1988, a life-long resident of Queensland he joined at company 45. He preferred to be called “William” but, was better known as “Bill”, and for his service excellence, high standards of training and class attendance. He quickly became a firefighter and EMT, rising through the ranks holding the offices of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy and Assistant Chief, and he also held the honor of becoming Chief 20, an accomplishment held by less than 10 people before his election.
He was always the person members went to for questions, and was always “on top” of new advances in the fire service. His certifications included Fire Fighter II. Fire Officer II, Instructor II, Ariel apparatus, multiple FEMA & NFPA certifications.
He was instrumental in ensuring new members were in compliance with certifications, and credited with inspiring several members to become career firefighters and paramedics. Bill served several terms on the Board of Directors helped with the purchase of apparatus and equipment, served as a Delegate and Alternate, and made sure members were aware of coming changes. He always served the department with dedication, honor, and Pride.
On March 25, 2010, we lost Bill to cancer, his loss was huge impact on the department and its’ membership, the Department, and the county. His loss was truly evident during his memorial services as he was honored by the department, and large gathering of members from Marlboro and the surrounding departments. Bill’s was laid to rest at Trinity Episcopal Church, Cemetery, Upper Marlboro, MD.