Rose Family Receives MSFA Family Award
The Rose family of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company (OVFC) received the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Family Appreciation Program Award.
There have been many members of the Rose family involved in virtually every aspect of the fire company since 1963. The Rose brothers – Sunny, Bill, and Bob – and their families have actively served OVFC and the fire service in Anne Arundel County and Maryland for over 50 years.
John “Sunny” Rose, Jr. joined OVFC in 1963. Sunny served on almost every one of OVFC’s committees and fundraisers and held numerous leadership positions. But his true passion was training. He became a MFRI instructor in 1976 and continued to teach until his passing in 2015. His commitment to training is exemplified by the establishment of a MSFA award in his name. Sunny’s son Brian, an administrative member, and Sunny’s wife Karla help at our fundraisers.
William “Bill” Rose, Sr. also joined OVFC in 1963. Bill’s operational service was cut short by an injury, but he continued to serve on many committees and fundraising programs, on OVFC’s Board of Directors for 14 years, and as a MSFA delegate. Bill’s son “Billy” was company president in 1999.
Bob and Pat continue the Rose family legacy today. Robert “Bob” Rose joined OVFC in 1973 and Patricia “Pat” Rose in 2000. Bob has held many administrative positions in OVFC, including president for nine years. He skillfully handles many special projects and conducts training as an experienced Maryland Fire Rescue Institute instructor. Bob is currently the president of the county firefighters’ association and coordinates the 508 Program. Pat is OVFC’s treasurer and the cornerstone of the financial operations. She has modernized the financial and tax records. Bob and Pat’s two children were previously active responders.