It is with great sadness that I pass along that long time PAAI member and Past Board of Director Walter Wise has passed away. (April 6, 2019.) Walt was a long time fixture at the PAAI and at our conference every year. He will be missed.
Walt’s Obituary can be found here:
Posted on Alpha Fire Company Facebook page
President Kauffman noted on his page that former Fire Administrator Walter Wise passed away today. Tonight’s Awards Banquet was dedicate to Walt’s memory. Walt was the first Fire Administrator hired by the Centre Region Council of Governments in 1992. He set the stage for our current level of professionalism and the current Fire Director and professional staff.
Before he came to Alpha, Walt was a battalion chief in Montgomery County Maryland. On January 13, 1982 Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge, then into the Potomac River. Seventy four people died in that crash. There were some spectacular and heroic rescues.
Walt Wise was the Incident Commander of that incident. May he rest in peace.