Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
August 6, 2014 2:43 p.m.
Mayor Ed Boner recognized Captain Willie Scott during a brief but heartwarming ceremony attended by many of Scott’s co-workers and his family at the August 5, 2014 meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC). Mayor Boner presented Scott with a proclamation of appreciation for his loyal and unselfish efforts to serve the citizens of the city.
Fire Chief Jason Higginbotham echoed Boner’s praises and added observations of his own. Higginbotham said that at the age of 16 he first met Scott on the drumline for the Fernandina Beach Mighty Marching Pirates. He praised Scott for his helpfulness and willingness to share wisdom acquired during his 35 years of experience in the Fire Department. He added that Scott always enjoyed coming to work and appreciated being able to serve in the community where his family lives. He characterized Scott as a very dedicated family man, a golfer, and a motorcycle enthusiast. He also cited Scott’s involvement with local sports teams.
Captain Scott delivered remarks thanking the FBCC for both the recognition and the opportunity to serve his community. He said, “I stand here proud and humbled for the opportunity to work for the community I love. The outpouring of support tonight from my co-workers makes me humble. The Fire Department is a great department, and I hope it will get even better.” After thanking his wife and daughter for their support, he told commissioners, “If there is anything I can do to help [following retirement], I’ll be here [in Fernandina Beach] until the Good Lord calls me home.” He embraced each of his co-workers before leaving the chamber to a standing ovation from both the commissioners and the audience.
Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.