Rhode Island fire station named after former longtime chief
HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island fire station has been renamed in honor of a former chief who spent 67 years with the department.
The station in Hope Valley was rededicated Saturday as the Frederick A. Stanley Fire Headquarters.
The 83-year-old Stanley said he was “overwhelmed” by the honor.
Stanley volunteered to fight brush fires in the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District when he was a teenager. He served 51 years as chief before retiring in 2015.
Frank Brown, president of the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs, told dozens of people filling the truck bays in the station that Stanley had an almost unlimited knowledge about fighting fires.
The Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District serves the towns of Richmond and Hopkinton, and is a largely volunteer force.