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Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Chief Delbert Palmer was honored as the Mad River Valley Rotary Person of the Year last week.

The celebration took place at Terra Rossa on April 14 with Palmer's family, friends and Rotarians honoring his volunteer efforts and commitment to the Mad River Valley community. 

Jon Jamieson presented Palmer with a plaque. Jamieson highlighted how Palmer had influenced him and began with the Rotary motto of service above all else. Jamieson highlighted Palmer's 60 years of service to the Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Department, 20-plus years as chief, and over 40 years of volunteer service to the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service.   

Jamison went on to talk about childhood memories of the Palmer sugarhouse and Waitsfield Fire Department putting out a chimney fire in his parents' house. Jamieson finished up with talking about how Palmer regularly visited the local elementary schools as fire chief and how the kids responded to his fire safety talks.

Chief Palmer thanked the Rotarians and his friends for the honor and gave a special thank you to his wife of over 50 years, Sharlia Palmer. Palmer highlighted the great crew of volunteer firefighters in his department and their hard work and dedication to the fire department. 

Finishing up on Jamieson's note Delbert talked about his work in the schools and how honored he was that the school kids took to heart what the firemen and women had taught the school kids. With that, a loud round of applause went out in his honor with a big thank you from the Rotarians and guests. The Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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