Congratulations to Ethan Darrow on his recent induction to the Calvert County Fire and Rescue Association Hall of Fame.
Ethan Darrow joined the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department (PFVFD) in October 2000 as a senior member, after serving for six years at Solomon’s Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department (SVRSFD). During Ethan’s time in Solomons, he served in many positions including Firefighter, Fire Lieutenant, and Corresponding Secretary. Shortly after joining SVRSFD, he completed Firefighter 1 and 2, Fire Officer 1, Hazmat Tech, Confined Space Rescue and EMT, along with other classes to increase his knowledge in fire ground operations.
Since joining our station, Ethan has continued his fire training and has continuously shared his knowledge with new members of the department. Ethan also served the PFVFD in administrative roles as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the By- Laws and Membership Committees.
Always given generously of his time to the county, Ethan is continually serving in the best interest of Calvert County. While a member of PFVFD, he would still respond to assist SVRSFD on emergency response calls. Ethan is an invaluable resource for the PFVFD when responding to the Solomons area based on his in-depth knowledge of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates (CRE). Numerous times, Ethan was able to ensure PFVFD apparatus arrived at the optimal location within the CRE for effective fire suppression response.
In February 2011, during a house fire, Ethan was instrumental in a Mayday Rescue of a St. Leonard Firefighter, removing the injured firefighter from the burning structure by himself. Ethan was also awarded the Green Life Saving Award for saving a life during a vehicle extrication in Sept 2013.
In 2015, Ethan recognized the need for a Length Of Service Award Program (LOSAP) adjustment due to inflation. After investigating all avenues to increase LOSAP to bring the amount current with what was originally placed into law, Ethan made a proposal with a business justification to the Calvert County Fireman’s Association and also worked a parallel path with then Calvert County State Representative, Mr. Mark Fisher. The Calvert County Association presented a comprehensive benefits adjustment request to the Calvert Commissioners at the same time Representative Fisher accepted Ethan’s LOSAP proposal to increase current LOSAP state law amounts for all members of Calvert County Fire and Rescue Association. The Increase in LOSAP was passed into state law and the Calvert County LOSAP amount was increased.
Today, Ethan is a Life Member of PFVFD and is still an active member. He responds to calls, sleeps at the firehouse occasionally and assists where help is needed.
Thank you to Ethan, and the support from his family, for nearly 30 decades of dedicated service!