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Community Bids A Final Farewell to Chief Wayne Hardesty

It’s so hard to say goodbye...

This weekend Past Chief Wayne Hardesty took his final ride and was laid to rest. Wayne joined the fire service in 1978 where he was a member at Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department for 5 years and joined the United States Army from 1980-1983.

In 1985 he made his way south and to our department where he served in a number of capacities from Sergeant to Chief and held many other administrative roles.

Wayne was instrumental in starting the PFVFD fire prevention program. If you saw the big trailer traveling down the road, chances are Chief Hardesty was the one driving to another event to help educate the kids.

Two years in a row (1998 and 1999) Wayne was awarded the Maryland State Firefighter of the Year and he received many other awards over the time that followed. He managed the National Smoke detector program in 2000 and oversaw 5,000 smoke alarm installations in the tri-county area over a two year period.

Wayne was incredibly excited about the new PFVFD building and would often check in on the progress. We will miss him and remember him on the day our new doors open. We will keep his loved ones in our prayers and his memory alive within our station.

Thank you to all of the departments who helped with yesterday’s funeral. We are grateful for your support.

Rest peacefully, Chief Hardesty.

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