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Veteran Oswego Firefighter Retires

The Oswego Fire Department announces the retirement of Firefighter William F. Delapp effective January 30,  2014, after more than 32 years of dedicated service.

Appointed September 14, 1981, Bill spent his entire career as a member of “D” Shift working his way from recruit firefighter to become an EMT-D, active member of the Oswego Fire Department Dive Team, Rapid Intervention Team and apparatus driver/operator.

In 1989, Firefighter Delapp received a commendation from then Mayor John T. Sullivan Jr. upon recommendation from Captain Richard Cummings for his actions at a February 6, 1989, house fire at 200 W. Second St. that led to the rescue of a citizen,  Mr. Albert Lindo, from the upstairs of a burning building.

In his commendation Mayor Sullivan stated Firefighter Delapp was “instrumental” in the rescue and was commended “for the excellence of your performance during this dangerous event.”

“Firefighter Bill Delapp is a model that all firefighters should look at and emulate. I have watched him as a peer for my entire career and day in and day out he did his job and did it well. No matter what aspect of the job he would do, it was done right and in the manner that was expected. Billy was highly respected by all members of this department and will be sorely missed,” said Jeff McCrobie, fire chief. “His retirement will give him more time to spend with his wife, Cindy, and children Jamie, Jessica, Rachel and Willy. I wish him the best of luck.”

The Delapp family is no stranger to public service.

Bill’s grandfather, the late Chief Frederick E. Scharf, is the former Police Chief of the city of Oswego retiring in 1975.

His father is retired Firefighter William L. Delapp, who retired from the Oswego Fire Department in 1984.

Bill’s brother is Lt. John Delapp who retired from the Oswego Police Department in 2008.

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