William Vanarsdale (Sr.) | 1947-2016
Bill was a Life Member of the Fallston VFAC and also the Joppa-Magnolia VFC. He served the FVFAC in many capacities including Assistant Fire Chief, Chief of the Department and President. Bill also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War years.
Throughout his years of service to the FVFAC Bill held many positions which helped to form what the FVFAC is today. Bill worked on several committees including the Crossroads Station Building Committee (1990) which established the FVFAC in the Upper Crossroads area, the Carrs Mill Station Building Committee (1993) which enabled the FVFAC to move from the original three bay fire station to a main station which is the center of the Company's operations today, and the Apparatus Committee (1996) which replaced five major Fire and EMS units at one time. Bill held the positions of Chief of the Department (1989-1990) and President of the FVFAC (1991 & 2000) guiding both the operations as well as the administrative functions of the Company. In addition Bill served terms as Assistant Fire Chief and Associate Director for many years. Bill was honored as a Life Member of the FVFAC for his years of dedicated service to the Company, the Fallston community, and the Harford County Fire and EMS service. Bill was a mentor to many who have served as Chiefs and other officers with the FVFAC as well as other Harford County Volunteer Companies including his son William, who is serving as the Chief of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company.
Bill is survived by his mother Iva May Skillman, his wife Diane, sons William (Jr.), Jeremy and wife Melissa, his brother Charles and wife Judy, sister Joyce Skillman Miller, and grandchildren Jordyn, Katherine, James and Joseph.