William C. Martin

William C. Martin joined Elsmere Fire Company as a Social Member on March 31, 1977. He was elected to Active membership on May 31, 1977 (over 41 years of active service). Bill received Life Membership on May 11, 2002. He was elected to successive three year terms as Company Director in April 1983, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994 and December 1996, 1999, 2002, and 2005 (27 years). He was presented with the Kenneth E. McNary Achievement Award on May 5, 2018 at the Company's Inspection ceremonies. Click "Read More" to see the Presentation Letter.

This award is presented annually to an individual whose performance best exemplifies the characteristics of Dedication, Professionalism, and Concern for fellow firefighters as well as maintaining the spirit of the Elsmere Fire Company by exhibiting a high level of commitment to the Fire Company and Community.This year’s recipient has been an active member of our Company since 1977, and has been a true example of the characteristics worthy of this award.Over the past 41 years, he has demonstrated the characteristics worthy of this prestigious award.After joining Elsmere in 1977, he has seized every opportunity to develop himself and further his knowledge and skills to become the very best at what a firefighter does.His worldly skills and knowledge continue to make him a tremendous asset during daytime calls when manpower may be short, but knowledge is plentiful.He continues to size up incidents in route to calls as information is provided, and at the scene, he lends his experience to our younger members and officers in charge.As this recipient is one of our beloved snowbirds for a quarter of the year, you would expect that his drill attendance and fire call totals would be proportionally lower, however, his dedication and passion for volunteering has kept his fire call totals in the top ten for our department for many years, including this past year.This passion is deeply rooted in his family as he and his two brothers were all firefighters of the West Seneca Hose Company in Buffalo NY.

His high level of commitment to Elsmere did not end with his firematic skills.Similar to his brothers who were also administrators, (one was President and the other a commissioner) in their department, our recipient shared the same level of dedication in administration.

He was elected as a Director in 1983, and remained as a board member for the next 27 years, where he assisted with the leadership and administration of our Company.Many of the policies, procedures, regulations and guidelines currently in place today include his guiding hand and wise input.Over his almost three decades as a board member, he has voted on many issues and concerns that typically arise in volunteer organizations, and his commitment and dedication to the Elsmere Fire Company has been unwavering in each instance.

As I stated earlier, this award requires three characteristics; Dedication, professionalism and Concern.Our recipient has demonstrated these traits throughout his entire tenure with Elsmere in what he says and what he does

It is my great pleasure to present this special award to this distinct member; ladies and gentlemen, please join me in honoring this gentlemen Bill Martin as this year’s recipient of the Kenneth McNary Award.