Richard L. Daff, Sr., joined the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company (OVFC) in 1963 as a Junior Member. Upon attaining 25 years of service, Richard became a Life Member. It is noted in the company history, in the year ending in 1964, that he was the first member ever recognized for responding to the most alarms. He received a belt badge and certificates of recognition.
Richard rapidly progressed through the line officer ranks and was appointed Chief in January 1973. He served as Chief until
July 1974 when he had to step down due to other commitments. Prior to being appointed Chief, he served as Assistant Chief from July-December 1969, 1971, and 1972. Richard was reappointed as an Assistant Chief in 1977 and served until 1981. He served as Captain from August – December 1974, and as Second Lieutenant in 1969.
Richard was very instrumental in initiating ambulance service at OVFC. He was appointed First Aid Captain on September 30, 1970. On October 10, 1970, Richard responded to the first call for Ambulance 28. He served as an ambulance officer in 1971 and 1972.
Richard also had a helping hand in implementing truck company service at the OVFC. He was always looking for ways to better serve the citizens while building morale. He was a strong leader who engaged and motivated the younger members.
In addition to his operational appointments, Richard was also active on the Board of Directors. He was Secretary in 1968, 1969 and 1970; Board Member at Large in 1971, 1972, 1980 and 1981; and ultimately Vice President in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He also served on several committees and helped with many fundraising programs.
Richard received the OVFC President’s Award in 1990.
After moving to Augusta, West Virginia, Richard was still volunteering and served as a fire apparatus training mentor.
Richard stated many times that after his unconditional and undying love for his wife Patricia and son Richard, Jr., his greatest passion, and accomplishment he is most proud of was his service to the OVFC.
Richard passed away on February 23, 2022, at the age of 75. He had an extended illness for many years. Rest easy Richard. We’ll take it from here.