Centerport Fire Department Honors Bill Wamp for 65 Years of Service
The Centerport Fire Department recently honored Ex-Chief William “Bill” Wamp for his 65 years of dedicated service. Wamp was presented with an engraved firefighter’s axe and an anniversary cake that was shared by the membership. Wamp joined the Centerport Fire Department in 1952 and was assigned to Engine Company Two. He served as Company Lieutenant and Captain, and was later elected to Assistant Chief and then Chief of the Department in 1979 and 1981. Wamp was also a 20-year member of the Centerport Rescue Squad. Under Chief Wamp’s leadership, the Department battled a massive fire that destroyed Linck’s Log Cabin in 1981, a landmark restaurant for over 50 years that closed a year and a half earlier.
The presentations were made by Centerport Fire Chiefs Tom Boyd, Rich Miltner and Andy Heglund. They were joined by Wamp’s son Mike, an Ex-Deputy Chief of the Florham Park FD in New Jersey.
Story and Photos by Steve Silverman