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Chief Stanley Award Nominations Open
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By Secretary Christopher Koretski
February 21, 2023

Frederick A. Stanley of the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District served as the fire chief for over 51 years retiring in 2015. During his tenure, he dedicated so much to the Rhode Island Southern Firefighters League including serving as its long term President. During his last year at the helm of the league, the Board of Directors bestowed on the chief a “dedicated service award” for all his contributions.

The award was given at the 2018 Annual Legislator’s Night, an event the chief cherished as he advocated for our volunteer Fire & EMS services throughout the country. Thus, the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Southern Firefighters League will continue to grant a dedicated service award to a member or organization of our league each year. The award will be named the “Chief Frederick A. Stanley Dedicated Service Award.”

Each year the Board of Directors of the League will take nominations based on the following criteria. The criteria of the award is based on the traits of a United States Marine. Chief Stanley served proudly as a US Marine and lives by the phrase “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” The Chief allowed these traits to guide him throughout his 67 year fire service career. Chief Stanley died in 2019 at the age of 84 in Hope Valley.

The candidate will possess each of the qualities below in their service to the Fire & EMS agencies and community.
• Justice
• Judgement
• Dependability
• Initiative
• Decisiveness
• Tact
• Integrity
• Enthusiasm
• Bearing
• Unselfishness
• Courage
• Knowledge
• Loyalty
• Endurance

To be considered, a candidate must be nominated by an individual who is a member of a department within the RI Southern Firefighter’s League. The individual or organization nominated should have committed a tremendous amount to the Fire & EMS service of the League’s coverage area. The nomination form is available on the League website or from the League Secretary.

The form along with 2 letters of nomination should be sent to Board of Directors of the League no later than April 15, 2023.

Forms may be sent via email to secretary@risouthernleague.com or by mail to

Assistant Chief Christopher Koretski
Watch Hill Fire Department
222 Watch Hill Road
Westerly, RI 02891.

The award will be presented at the League’s President's Steak Fry Dinner in June.

Please contact Chief Justin Lee or Asst. Chief Chris Koretski with any questions.

Chief Justin Lee, League President
Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District
401-539-2229 chief@hvwfd.org

Assistant Chief Chris Koretski, League Secretary
Watch Hill Fire Department
401-258-4969 secretary@risouthernleague.com

Attachment Nomination Form FS 2023.docx  (17k)

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