On February 1, 2019, past and present members of the Bolivar Fire Department, along with family and friends, gathered to honor one of their own, Mr. Emmett L. Bolyard. Emmett, celebrating his 80th birthday on this date, was also celebrating over 55 years of service to the Bolivar Fire Department and the citizens of Bolivar.
On this birthday, however, the Bolivar Fire Department had something a little different planned for Emmett, who still actively serves as volunteer firefighter and pump operator. The department dedicated and re-designated the sleeping quarters at their station as the Emmett L. Bolyard Sleeping Quarters.
Emmett joined the department on January 1, 1964, as a volunteer firefighter. When the city department became a combination department, Emmett was one of the first firefighters hired. He began his career service with the department on January 1, 1970. Emmett was promoted to the rank of Captain on June 1, 1970, and was later promoted to the position of Assistant Chief on March 7, 1994. While Emmett has long since retired from career service, he has remained a volunteer firefighter ever since.
Emmett was presented with a resolution on behalf of the city from Mayor Julian McTizic. Mayor McTizic stated, “There are few within our service who have demonstrated the commitment and dedication that Emmett has shown to our community. Extraordinary citizens like Emmett make our community a great place to live.” Emmett was presented with his framed, original fire department personnel file sheet by Chief Lynn Price. Chief Price thanked Emmett for his continued service to the department stating, “There has never been a firefighter as dedicated as you have been and continue to be. These quarters will always be standing and will be a testament to you for generations to come.” The placards above the entrances to the sleeping quarters were then unveiled as Emmett and his family looked on.
On behalf of the City of Bolivar and the Bolivar Fire Department, thank you, Emmett, for giving selflessly to this community for over 55 years. Your service to the community and to its citizens will never be forgotten.