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Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

The concept for the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL) was presented to the National Fire Heritage Center board of directors by then vice-president Bill Killen to be the "Hall of Fame" for the fire services in 2009. Following several discussions and a couple of conference calls, the board adopted the concept and established the Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders (HLLL). The intent and purpose of the HLLL are to provide individual recognition of significant contributions and distinguished service to the Fire and Emergency Services and Fire Protection disciplines and be known/recognized in the national and or international fire service arena.

The program was initiated in 2010 when the National Fire Heritage Center inducted ten recognized fire and emergency services icons that included Ben Franklin, John Damrell, Patrick Raymond, Charles Holloway, Charles Miles, Sveinn Eiriksson, Frank Brannigan, Peter Ganci, James Page and Howie McClennan.

Nominations will be accepted from June 15, 2021, through August 15, 2021, for the National Fire Heritage Center's Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders: Class 2022.

Beginning with the Class of 2022, selection committee members will be selected from current members of the HLLL.

1 Ben FranklinFounderUnion Fire Company
2John S. DamrellChief EngineerBoston Fire Department
3Patrick H. RaymondChief EngineerCambridge Fire Department
4Charles T. HollowayChief Engineer Baltimore City Fire Department
5Charles E. MilesChief EngineerLos Angeles Fire Department
6Sveinn EirikssonFire ChiefU.S. Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland
7Francis L. "Frank" BranniganChiefU.S. Navy | National Fire Academy University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
8Peter J. Ganci, Jr.Chief of DepartmentFire Department of New York
9James O. Page, JDBattalion ChiefLos Angeles County Fire Department
10William "Howie" McClennanPresident EmeritusInternational Association of Fire FightersBoston Fire Department
11Hal Bruno, Jr.ChairmanNFFF
12Dr. John L. BryanProfessor EmeritusUniversity of Maryland
13Dennis R. ComptonBoard Chairman, Fire ChiefNFFFMesa Fire Department
14Orville James EmoryDirector, Officer in ChargeLos Angeles Fire DepartmentU. S. Navy
15Arthur J. GlatfelterInsurance ExecutiveGlatfelter Insurance Group
16Dr. Harry E. HickeyProfessorUniversity of Maryland
17John W. HoglundChief, EducatorMaryland Fire and Rescue Institute
18Ralph J. ScottChief EngineerLos Angeles City Fire Department
19Jay W. StevensFire Prevention Advocate, Assistant ChiefPortland Fire Department
20Curt WeldonCongressman

U.S. House of Representatives
21Raymond J. "R.J." DouglasChief, ProfessorMorefield Volunteer Fire Department (WV)Oklahoma A&M
22Lloyd LaymanChief, DirectorU.S. Coast GuardFederal Civil Defense Administration
23Warren E. IsmanChief, PresidentMontgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue ServicesIAFC
24Elmer Ephraim EllsworthColonel11th New York Volunteers
25Howard BoydFire MarshalNashville Fire Department
26J. Millard TawesGovernorMaryland
27Philip J. DiNennoFire Protection EngineerNational Fire Protection Association
28James C. "Robbie" RobertsonState Fire MarshalMaryland
29Alan BrunaciniFire ChiefPhoenix Fire Department

30Chet HenryCommissionerHarrisburg Fire Department
31Lawrence WoltzFire ChiefPrince George's County (MD) Fire Department
32David GratzFire ChiefMontgomery County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services
33Lou AmabiliDirectorDelaware State Fire Training
34John EversoleDeputy Fire ChiefChicago Fire Department
35Percy BugbeeChief ExecutiveNational Fire Protection Association
36Horatio BondChief EngineerNational Fire Protection Association
37Anthony J. MullaneyCommissionerChicago Fire Department
38Bill RandlemanEditorWingspread III Ad Hoc Group
39James BraidwoodChief London Fire Engine Establishment
40Keith RoyerFire Service EducatorIowa State University

41Haraldur StefanssonFire ChiefU.S. NavyNATO

42Ira H. StriejewskeCommissionerEggertsville Hose Company
43Richard P. SylviaFire Chief, EditorNorton Fire Department (CT)Fire Engineering Magazine
44Harold G. ThompsonFire Service Educator, SuperintendentGeorgia Fire Academy
45R. Brady WilliamsonProfessor EmeritusUC BerkeleyMIT
46Harvey EisnerFire Chief, Editor-in-ChiefTenafly Volunteer Fire DepartmentFirehouse Magazine
47James M. ManserChief Fire MarshalU.S. Navy
48Frederick R. "Bob" Seibel IIIFire ChiefUnited States Naval Academy
49Steven EdwardsDirector, ChiefMaryland Fire and Rescue InstitutePrince George's County Fire/EMS Department
50Harold MaceHead of School, EducatorFST, Fire Protection Publications (FPP)International Fire Service Training Authority(IFSTA)
51Jack K. McElfishFire ChiefSandy Springs Fire and Rescue Department
52Ronny J. ColemanState Fire Marshal, ChiefCalifornia | Fullerton Fire DepartmentSan Clemente Fire Department
53William J. DarleyPresident, CEO, Chairman of the BoardW.S. Darley Co.
54Dennis DavisChief Fire OfficerCheshire Fire Brigade
55Tom N. ForsterFire ChiefSkywalker Ranch Fire DepartmentPlumas Eureka Fire Department
56David E. HedrickDirector EmeritusMissouri Fire Academy
57Clarence JungwirthHistorian, Author, WWII VeteranOshkosh Corp
58Matthew KelleherMaster Firefighter, EducatorMaryland State Fire Marshal
59John C. "Jay" Livingston Jr.InnovatorNational Fire Protection Association
60Mary MarchoneCommunity Risk Reduction InnovatorNational Fire Academy
61John T. O'HaganCommissionerFire Department of New York
62Russell SandersColonelNational Fire Protection Association
63Dwight WilliamsInnovatorWilliams Fire & Hazard Control
64Thomas A. WrightFire ChiefU.S. Fire Administration 
65Luther FincherFire ChiefCharlotte Fire Department (NC)
66Theodore JarboeFire ChiefMontgomery County Fire & Rescue Service
67Gregory NollEducatorNational Fire Academy
68Robert QuinnCommissionerChicago Fire Department
69Julian Taliaferro Fire ChiefCharlottesville Fire Department (VA)
70David WhiteFire Officer, PublisherIndustrial Fire World
71Dr. Harry CarterFire Chief, Author, EducatorNewark Fire Department Adelphia Fire Company
72James "JD" DaltonFire Officer, Author, Fire Sprinkler AdvocateNational Fire Sprinkler Association
73Dr. Christopher M. FrasierFire ChiefInternational F&ES Authority
74Paul F. HannemannEmergency Management CoordinatorTexas A&M Forest Service
75Joseph Mark StarnesFire ChiefKill The FlashoverOak Grove Volunteer Fire and Rescue
76Lee R. Starrick, Sr.HistorianKennedy Space Center Fire Department

77Anthony C. Apfelbeck Director, Building and Fire Safety Department City of Altamonte Springs2021
78Donald P. BlissVice President, International Division and Regional Field OperationsNational Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
79Ricky N. BrockmanDeputy DirectorNavy Fire and Emergency Services
80David CaseyDirectorLouisiana State University Fire & Emergency Training Institute
81Dr. Burton ClarkAssistance Chief, EducatorLaurel, MarylandWashington DC Fire Department
82Jim CrawfordChief Fire MarshalPortland, OR & Vancouver, WA
83I. David DanielsChief Safety Officer/Deputy Fire ChiefCity of Richmond, VirginiaSeattle Fire Department
84Larry DavisAuthor, InstructorISFSI
85Dr. Paul O. DavisPresident, On Target Challenge, Inc. Firefighter Combat ChallengeFirst Responder Institute (FRI)
86M. H. "Jim" EsteppFire ChiefPrince George's County Fire Department
87Michael HildebrandVice President and Chief Technology Officer Emergency Management SolutionsYvorra Leadership Development Foundation
88Carl G. HolmesAssistant ChiefOklahoma City Fire DepartmentCarl Holmes Executive Development Institute (EDI)
89Rhoda Mae Kerr Fire ChiefCity of Fort Lauderdale Fire RescueAustin Fire Department
90John LeahyFire ChiefPinellas Suncoast Fire & RescuePittsburgh Fire Department
91Garrett A. MorganInventor, Community Leader and BusinessmanFirst Modern Gas Mask (Smoke Hood)
92Don OliverFire Chief Wilson Fire/Rescue ServiceThornton Fire Department
93Ernst R. PiercyFire ChiefAir Force AcademyRegional Fire Chief, Navy F&ES
94Charles RuleFire Chief Manteca Fire Department
95Bruce Varner Fire ChiefSanta Rosa Fire DepartmentCarrollton Fire Department, Phoenix Fire Department
96Charles WernerFire ChiefCharlottesville Fire DepartmentDRONERESPONDERS
97Warren WhitleyAssistant ChiefPrince William County (VA) Department of Fire & RescueSouthport (NC) Fire Department, Kill the Flashover
98 Robert C. Andrews, Jr. Fire Chief2022
99 Meri-K Appy NFPA, IAFC, U.S. Fire Administration, CFSI
100 Stephen P. Austin Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Emergency Responder Safety Institute,, IFSTA, NFFF, CFSI
101 Robert J. Brady, Sr. Author, Editor, Publisher
Robert J. Brady Company (Founder)
102 Randy R. Bruegman Fire ChiefAnaheim (CA) Fire DepartmentFresno (CA) Fire Department, IAFC, CPSE
103 Kelvin J. Cochran Fire ChiefShreveport (LA) Fire Department Atlanta (GA) Fire Department, U.S. Fire Administrator
104 Harry E. Diezel Fire Chief Virginia Beach (VA) Fire DepartmentFairfax County Fire and Rescue (VA) Department
105 William D. Killen Fire ChiefHolston Army Ammunition Plant Apollo Astronaut Rescue Team, IAFC, CPSE, NFHC, U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services
106 Roger A. McGary Fire ChiefSilver Spring Volunteer (MD) Fire DepartmentISFSI, FDIC, NFA, 
107Patricia T. Mieszala, RN Registered Nurse, Fire and Life Safety EducatorYouth Firesetting BehaviorU.S. Fire Administration, NFPA, Vision 20/20 Project
108 Donald B. Moltrup Fire ChiefHyattsville (MD) Volunteer Fire Department
109 Pamela A. Powell Writer, Editor, Managing Editor, Fire and Life Safety EducatorNational Bureau of Standards Center for Fire ResearchNFPA, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, IFSTA, NFHC
110 Ronald J. Siarnicki Fire Chief, Executive DirectorMonessen (PA) Volunteer Fire Department Prince George's (MD) Fire Department, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF),  First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE)
Ben Franklin
Chief Engineer Charles E. Miles
James O. Page, JD
Chief Dennis R. Compton
Chief John W. Hoglund
Raymond J."R.J." Douglas
Howard Boyd
Chief Alan V. Brunacini
John Eversole
Bill Randleman
Commissioner Ira H. Striejewske
Chief Harvey J. Eisner
Harold Mace
Dennis Davis
Mathew Kelleher
Russell Sanders
Chief Theodore Jarboe
David White
Paul F. Hannemann
Donald P. Bliss
Jim Crawford
Jim Estepp
John Leahy
Charles Rule
Chief Engineer John S. Damrell
Chief Sveinn Eiriksson
William Howie McClennan
Orville James Emory
Chief Ralph J. Scott
Chief Lloyd Layman
Governor J. Millard Tawes
Chief Lawrence Woltz
Percy Bugbee
Chief James Braidwood
Chief Richard P. Sylvia
Chief Fire Marshal James M. Manser
Chief Jack K. McElfish
Chief Tom Forster
John Livingston, Jr.
Dwight Williams
Gregory Noll
Dr. Harry R. Carter
Chief Joseph Mark Starnes
Ricky Brockman
I. David Daniels
Michael Hildebrand
Garrett A. Morgan
Bruce Varner
Chief Engineer Patrick H. Raymond
Francis L. "Frank" Brannigan
Hal Bruno, Jr.
Arthur J. Glatfelter
Jay W. Stevens
Chief Warren E. Isman
Philip J. DiNenno
Chief David Gratz
Horatio Bond
Keith Royer
Harold G. Thompson
Chief Frederick R. "Bob" Seibel III
Chief Ronny Jack Coleman
David E. Hedrick
Mary K. Marchone
Thomas A. Wright
Commissioner Robert Quinn
James JD Dalton
Lee R. Starrick, Sr.
David Casey
Larry Davis
Carl Holmes
Don Oliver
Charles Werner
Chief Engineer Charles T. Holloway
Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr.
Dr. John L. Bryan
Dr. Harry E. Hickey
Congressman Curt Weldon
Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth
James C. "Robbie" Robertson
Louis J. Amabili
Commissioner Anthony J. Mullaney
Chief Haraldur Stefansson
R. Brady Williamson
Chief Steven T. Edwards
William Darley
Clarence Jungwirth
Commissioner John T. O'Hagan
Chief Luther L. Fincher, Jr.
Chief Julian H. Taliaferro
Dr. Christopher M. Frasier
Anthony C. Apfelbeck
Dr. Burton Clark
Dr. Paul O. Davis
Rhoda Mae Kerr
Ernst Piercy
Warren Whitley

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