Elkton –Eugene Meekins, 77, a life member and former chief of the Singerly Fire Company passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Born July 30, 1938 in Cecil County, Md. he served in the U.S. Army for three years at a duty station in Germany. After completing his military tour of duty, the 22-year-old returned home and entered the ranks of the fire service, becoming a member on January 9, 1961.
He was an active firefighter and ambulance attendant, rising through the ranks and completing the latest training available in that era. Whenever there was an emergency or something needed to be done in the firehouse, he was one of the first to volunteer and was often tapped to supervise committees. The 33-year-old was elected to lead the department as its fire chief in 1972, according to President Phillip Scott.
It was a time of rapid transformation and change in the fire service as old methods were giving way to new innovations and techniques. The chief developed and mentored a new generation of first responders and this group of 20-year-olds rookies learned the ropes as junior and senior leaders. Many of those who were appointed to serve in command positions under Chief Meekins continue to serve the company in advanced leadership positions today. Under his direction, Singerly developed an award winning fire prevention program, which received an award from Gov. Mandell. Chief Meekins served for one year, but many of today’s members fondly reflect on the advancements that were initiated at that time, as one generation gave way to another.
He was well known for his dedication to Singerly, devoting much of his adult life to serving the citizens of the greater Elkton area, Scott added. When his health prevented him from being active, Gene supported the organization’s mission by managing the Singerly print shop and overseeing arrangements in the Singerly banquet hall.
“It is with deep regret that we, the members of the fire, rescue and EMS community, say goodbye to one of our own, a dedicated and respected colleague,” Scott added. He will be remembered for his commitment to the fire service and the community.
We shay pay tribute to our former chief’s memory and legacy with full fire service honors.
The viewing is Wednesday Nov. 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Foard Funeral Home located on Main Street, Elkton, MD. The funeral services will be held Thursday Nov. 12th at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. with the internment at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery located in Cherry Hill, MD.
Singerly will pay tribute to Chief Meekins with the crossed ladders in front Station 13.
Fire and EMS members will attend in Class A uniforms