Umbel's father and grandfather were
firefighters in Emmitsburg; so it's
no wonder he grew up to do the same
was recognized Saturday as 2002
Member of the Year at Vigilant Hose
Company's 119th annual banquet.
Chief Frank Davis and company
president Tim Clarke applauded Umbel
for the many hours he devotes to his
volunteer work and the wide variety
of jobs he does.
credited him with doing everything
from waxing the museum's floors to
working on broken equipment, not to
mention responding to emergency
average, Umbel estimates he works
about 20 to 40 hours per week at
Vigilant Hose, serving as a
"regular" job as a
firefighter with Fort Detrick Fire
and Emergency Services takes about
75 hours a week, he estimates.
is his part-time job as an on-call
firefighter for Frederick County. If
a county firefighter is in training,
on vacation or out sick, Umbel can
get the call. He works about 36
hours a week doing that. Of course,
he occasionally sleeps at the fire
stations, so it's not all
he's known Umbel for about 25 years
and thinks that whatever job he
does, he does very well.
always the guy you can depend on no
matter what you ask of him," he
said. "He continues to further
his education in fire service and
stay up to date ... and that's
always a plus for us."
married and has five children
ranging in ages from 4 to 16 years
old. He credits his wife, Sandy, and
his children with giving him the
support he needs to be able to do
the work he loves so much.
that, I wouldn't be able to do it
all," he said.
Of course he
knows his family misses him because
he works so much, but it's OK
because when he gets home everyone
is very happy to see him, he said.
The thought causes him to smile a
big, broad grin.
to his father and grandfather
serving at Vigilant, both his mother
and his wife are members of the
company members acknowledged during
the evening were:
- Robert A.
Rosensteel Sr. received the
Myers received the President's
- David L.
Copenhaver (posthumously) and
Chief A. Frank Davis were
inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Waesche, director or Frederick
County Emergency Communications, and
Robert A. Rosensteel Sr. received
special recognition awards. The
auxiliary presented a $40,000 check
to the fire company at the event.
Also at the
event, the 2003 administrative
officers began their service. They
are Timothy M. Clarke, president;
Frank Rauschenberg, vice president;
Steven W. Valentine, secretary;
Thomas Vaughn, assistant secretary;
Steven M. Hollinger, treasurer; and
Guy A. Baker III, assistant