In honor of Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, the Southern New Castle County Rotary Club recognized an outstanding fire service volunteer, Timothy Murray. The award was given at the club’s meeting on Oct. 18 at the Ches Del Diner. The award recognizes the valuable contribution to a better society made by the men and women who protect our community through their work in police and fire services.

This year’s recipient was introduced by Volunteer Hose Fire Chief Frank Bailey. Timothy Murray has been a volunteer fireman since 1991. In the past, he has held positions on the board of directors and as chief engineer. He has served on numerous committees, including building and apparatus maintenance, and is currently the company’s assistant chief engineer. Murray was recognized by his fellow firefighters for his willingness to serve wherever needed, by being named Fireman of the Year in 2004.

The vocational service award program was initiated in 2011 by the Southern New Castle County Rotary Club. Past awards have been presented to OFC Scott Saunders and OFC Ronald Davis of the Middletown Police Department, Arthur I. “Ike” Guessford of the Odessa Fire Company, and Delaware State Police Trooper First Class (TFC) Mark Kristunas.

The Southern New Castle County Rotary Club, which is committed to serving the community, meets weekly at 7 a.m.