Chief Leslie B. Thompson
To recognize an individual of the Maryland fire, rescue or emergency services community who has made an outstanding contribution to the future welfare of the fire, rescue and emergency medical services of Maryland. The Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award is sponsored and judged by the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. and the award is administered by the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.
This recognition of distinguished service shall be demonstrated by an individual who has:
Award of the Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award will be to an individual that has:
The act justifying award of the Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award must be outlined by the individual submitting the application.
The Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award may be awarded posthumously.
Any bona fide members or former members of an organized fire, rescue or EMS organization; within the State of Maryland.
The nomination must be submitted by the following:
The nomination shall be submitted on the provided online application.
The nomination shall include a narrative explaining the reason for the nomination and convey how the candidate’s contributions have addressed any of the criteria described above. It shall also described the outstanding contribution that the nominee has made to the welfare of the fire, rescue and emergency medical services of Maryland.
Review of nominations will be conducted by representatives of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Applications will be completed and submitted via online application only from January 1st to March 1st annually.
The Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award will be presented at the MFCA Annual Elections (spring) Meeting to the recipient or their family.
The Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award will be presented by the representatives of the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. and the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
The recipient will be provide with the Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award that may be displayed by the recipient from the time of award until the time the award is to be given next. Upon returning the award, the recipient will be provided with a small version of the award for personal keeping.
The following individuals are past recipients of the Chief Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award:
1998 - Charles B. Burton – Landover Hills VFD
1999 - J. West Thompson - Goodwill Fire Company
2000 - Albert "Mickey" Harris - Glen Echo VFD
2001 - Leonard T. King, Sr. - Damascus VFD
2002 - Joseph R. Robinson - Laurel VFD
2003 - Delegate Norman Conway
2004 - Charles N. Black, IV - Huntington VFD
2005 - Donald Mooney - Landsowne VFD
2006 - Roger Steger, Sr. - Ocean City VFD
2007 - John W. Hoglund - West Lanham Hills VFD
2008 - Robert Small - Clinton VFD
2009 - William E. Barnard - Hyattsville VFC
2010 - Hugh D. Owens, Jr. - Glen Dale VFD
2011 - Douglas Alexander - Mount Airy VFD
2012 - Jeff Thompson - Chestertown VFD
2013 - James P. Seavey - Cabin John VFD
2014 - Rick L. Hemphill - Independent Juniors VFD
2015 - Phillip Hurlock - Church Hill VFD
2016 - Richard Blair - Western Enterprise VFD
2017 - Johnie Roth - Sandy Spring VFD
2018 - Paul Sterling, Jr. - Wheaton VRS
2019 - Calvin Stack - Cambridge RFC
2020 - Wylie L. Donaldson, Jr. - Odenton VFD
2021 - Tim Delehanty - Prince Frederick VFD