Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Past Chief Timothy Delehanty was presented with the prestigious Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award on May 3.

This year Delehanty also celebrates 50 years of responding to emergencies and helping citizens.

“When you look at the names of previous awardees, I am extremely humbled to have even been nominated,” Delehanty said in a news release. “Some of the most prestigious names in the Maryland fire service who gave countless years for the improvement of our state’s emergency services.”

According to the award website, the honor goes to an individual who has made an “outstanding contribution to the future welfare of the fire, rescue and emergency medical services of Maryland.”

Countless members, volunteers and career personnel have benefited from his 50 years in the business.

The release said Delehanty “not only gives 100% to the fire service” but is also a “committed and dedicated family man.”

“Delehanty has been an instructor for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute for nearly 30 years and is a retired Captain of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Fire Department.

He was previously active in the Prince George’s County Fire Department as the Assistant Chief of the Chillum Adelphi Fire Department (Company 44) and Past Chief of the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department (Company 9). He’s also on the training committee for the Maryland Fire Chief’s Association and serves on their Board of Directors for the same program for Southern Maryland.

“I can only hope to be able to live up to the example that these great individuals have set,” Delehenty said. “I thank my friends and my departments for allowing me the opportunity to serve in many capacities over the years and most importantly I thank my family for the never ending support given me and for the sacrifices they have endured while standing beside me. They are true heroes in my book.”

For more information on the Leslie B. Thompson Memorial Award, go to www.mdchief.org/page/chiefleslieaward.