Congratulations to Donald F. King on his recent induction to the Calvert County Fire and Rescue Association Hall of Fame.
As a Life Member with 40 years of service to the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department (PFVFD), Donald has spent countless hours serving the citizens of Calvert County, Md.
Donald joined the department in 1964, as a junior member when he was sixteen. After graduating from high school Donald joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1969. He re-joined the department and completed a number of training courses.
Donald accepted the position of Chief Engineer in 1985 and with his mechanical expertise he continues to support the maintenance of the department’s fleet to this day. His passion to tinker, led to assisting with building Jeep 2 and restoration of the department’s original 1955 International R190 fire truck known as Engine 201 (currently housed in our museum).
During these years Donald has also served on the Board of Directors and has received many awards over the years: Chief’s Award, President’s Award, Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Senior member award, and Calvert County Larry Cox Award. State citations he has received include Senator Bernie Fowler, Senator Roy Dyson, Comptroller Louis Goldstein, as well as organizations: Knights of Columbus and American Legion.
Donald continues to serve the department, not only as an engineer today, but has taken on the task of assisting with the care and maintenance of the new station. He’s known best as a behind – the- scenes member and doesn’t seek recognition… but always manages to stay very busy.
We cannot thank Donald and his family enough for the past 40+ years!