Veteran Oswego Firefighter Retires

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department announces the retirement of Deputy Chief Raymond “Buddy” Wilson.

Wilson, along with four others was appointed on May 11, 1992, and served nearly 21 years while working his way through the ranks as a Firefighter,  Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief while serving that time also as a paramedic.

Very active throughout his career, Wilson served on various specialty teams including the Rapid Intervention Team, but perhaps his best specialty team work was done with the Oswego Fire Department Fire Prevention Team.

Taking over the team after the retirement of Deputy Chief Richard Cummings, the fire prevention team continued its tradition of providing fire safety tips and instruction for elementary school children in the area.

The Oswego Fire Department Puppet Shows are a favorite of not only the children, but adults that have seen them.

“I would say that hundreds, if not thousands, of school children have seen, enjoyed and interacted with Lisa, Hector the Detector, and the other characters associated with the shows, largely due to the dedication of Deputy Chief Wilson,” said Chief Jeff McCrobie. “It’s anyone’s guess how many fires this effort prevented.”

Also, a tribute to his dedication to others was his workings with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and in particular the Oswego Firefighters Association Annual Fill the Boot Program.

“This was a  bit of a struggling program when a newly appointed firefighter named Buddy Wilson took it over and revived it to the extremely successful annual fundraising program that the Oswego area looks for and contributes to each year the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend,” the chief said. “In 2012, the Oswego Fire Department was the top fundraising department for the Muscular  Dystrophy Association in New York State. Deputy Chief Wilson was a leader in the fire department not only through his actions on duty, but through his dedicated involvement with the MDA as well as fire prevention. He was a true asset to the department, one of a kind and a highly respected officer who will be genuinely missed by all here.”

His family includes his father, the late Duane Wilson; mother, Ruth Nearbin Legates; his wife, Jessica; daughters, Cassandra and Gina; son, Raymond III; and stepson, Gabriel.