During brief remarks, Wellsville Fire Chief Shaun Walsh said the training campus has been developed over some time and the current and past chiefs were "instrumental" in the facilities development.
And here's the surprise which brought tears of joy...while the building is dedicated to previous, current and future chiefs, the building was officially named "McCracken Mask Maze." According to current First Assistant Chief Chris Perkins, the building was named after McCracken for his diligent efforts as chief and for dedicating 61 years to the fire service. Perkins said it was a Department decision that was "just about unanimous."
McCracken was visibly happy and emotional after the announcement was made.
Scenes from the dedication
|Bob McCracken - all smiles|
|Front L-R: Barney Dillie (2nd Assistant), Bob McCracken,|
Fran Hann, Chris Perkins (1st Assistant)
Rear L-R: Shaun Walsh (Chief), Tom Slavin, Stan Ingraham, Bill Cavanaugh, John Fleischman
Younger generation, older generation - working as a team
Fire Chief Shaun Walsh addresses the audience
Assistant Chief's Dillie and Perkins congratulate former Chief's
Chief Walsh congratulating those who served before him