As an incentive to those individuals who volunteer their services as Firefighters within the County of Monroe, the association as established a scholarship fund for active volunteer firefighters or children of active volunteer firefighters. This scholarship fund is known as the "Red VerWeire and Bill Bailey Scholarship Fund."
Scholarship Fund Biographies
Red VerWeire and Bill Bailey were two highly motivated and senior members of the Monroe County Fire Service. These two men had very similar and parallel careers which stretched several decades in Monroe County.
Red (Edward) VerWeire was a member of the Gates Fire District and Gates Chili Fire Department for 59 years beginning his fire service career in 1948. He advanced through the ranks to become the Gates Fire
Chief in 1960 and then continued to serve for 30 more years as a Gates Fire Commissioner. He also served 45 years as a County Deputy Fire Coordinator from 1962 - 2007 reaching the rank of Executive Deputy County Fire Coordinator. It was Red's wish and effort that established this scholarship fund in 1988. After the passing of his good friend Bill Bailey, he asked that the scholarship be re-named to include his name. Red passed away in 2007.
Bill Bailey was a member of the Laurelton Fire District and Department for 53 years beginning his fire service career in 1947. He advanced through the ranks to become the Laurelton Fire Chief in 1961 and he continued to serve for 30 more years as a Laurelton Fire Commissioner. He also served 38 years as a County Deputy Fire Coordinator from 1962 - 2000 reaching the rank of Executive Deputy County Fire Coordinator. Bill passed away in 2000.
Both Red and Bill were the true "pioneers" of the Monroe County Fire Mutual Aid Plan that was adopted formally in 1954 with much of the creation credited these two individuals. These two men were highly respected not only by local fire service officials but many high level government leaders. This influence did not stop at the local level either. They were very involved in the fire service in New York State in a variety of organizations and committees.
This scholarship fund is dedicated in memory of both Red and Bill. Hopefully, their incredible public service and personal commitment to this community will serve as an example and inspiration to our younger members and others. In doing so, this scholarship fund will provide financial assistance for these members to further their education in the fire service field.