Notable Nevadans

RECOGNIZING WILLIAM PARK

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

June 6, 2016

Mr. HELLER: Mr. President, today, I wish to recognize an upstanding Nevadan, William Park, who has served as a volunteer firefighter for the Smith Valley Fire Protection District for over 50 years. It gives me great pleasure to recognize his years of hard work and dedication to creating a safe environment for the Smith Valley community.

Mr. Park joined the Smith Valley Fire Protection District as a volunteer firefighter in 1966. He was one of the first Emergency Medical Services (EMS) instructors in the state as part of the Professional Rescue Instructors of Nevada, where he trained hundreds of Emergency Medical Technicians. In just 10 years, Mr. Park rose in the ranks and was selected to serve as Assistant Fire Chief and later Fire Chief of the District. In the late 1970s, Mr. Park’s construction company, Park Construction, rebuilt the Smith Valley Fire Protection District’s Wellington Station, growing the facility to two apparatus bays. By 1980, he became the President of the Nevada State Firefighters Association (NSFA), while continuing to serve as Fire Chief. Mr. Park is truly a role model in the fire services community throughout Northern Nevada and across the Silver State.

In August of 1979, Mr. Park was badly burned during an accident after a Wednesday night training class and spent weeks recovering in the Intensive Care Unit. This incident brought great support from the Nevada fire family and ultimately led to the creation of the NSFA Benevolence Fund and the Smith Valley Fire Protection District Community Assistance Fund. Even after this traumatic experience, Mr. Park showed great resilience and continued to serve the District as Assistant Chief and by instructing EMS training. To this day, Mr. Park continues to be an active participant with the District and responded to over 50 percent of department calls in 2015. Mr. Park stands as a shining example of someone who has gone above and beyond for those around him.

It is the brave men and women who serve in our local fire departments that help keep our communities safe. These heroes selflessly put their lives on the line every day. I extend my deepest gratitude to Mr. Park for his courageous contributions to the people of Smith Valley and the Silver State. His sacrifice and courage earn him a place among the outstanding men and women who have valiantly put their lives on the line to benefit others. 

Mr. Park has demonstrated professionalism, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the highest standards of the Smith Valley Fire Protection District. I am both humbled and honored by his service and am proud to call him a fellow Nevadan. Today, I ask all of my colleagues to join me in recognizing Mr. Park for his years of hard work, and I give my deepest appreciation for all that he has done to make Nevada a safer place. I offer him my best wishes for many successful and fulfilling years to come.