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Firefighters named for 2005 honors

June 15, 2006

HANCOCK - A member of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. for less than two years, Danny Shirley was named the company's Rookie of the Year for 2005.

He's no stranger to firefighting, having previously been with the Orleans Fire Co. in nearby Allegany County for six years.

"I was Rookie of the Year there too," Shirley said. "I take a lot of pride in my firefighting wherever I am."

The son of Robin and Sam Shirley of Hancock, he graduated from Hancock High School and is employed with Tractor Supply on Hopewell Road in Hagerstown.

Shirley, who is single, said that when he gets off work he goes home, gets a bite to eat and then heads for the fire hall where he usually stays until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.

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When he moved back to Hancock, he joined the fire company. His training earned him his Firefighter I and II certifications, which require a total of 168 hours of training.

"I knew everybody at the fire hall and I was made more than welcome," Shirley said.

Also honored this year were Derek McBee, who was named Firefighter of the Year, an award given to the member who is most active in the firefighting side of the company - running emergency and nonemergency calls and participating in training.

Greg Yost was named Fireman of the Year, an award presented to a firefighter who is active in administrative duties such as meetings and other roles, in addition to firefighting.

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