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Committee Substitute House Concurrent Resolution 57 History

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 57

(By Delegates Hartman and Campbell)

 

 

 

Requesting that bridge number 42-219-12.59 on U. S. Route 219 across the Tygart River at Elkwater, Randolph County, West Virginia, be named the “Fire Chief Lyle Ware Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Lyle Ware was born June 24, 1924, at Valley Head, West Virginia, the son of Wilson Lyle Ware and Ada Snyder Ware; and

    Whereas, Lyle Ware married Mary Dott Reed May 19, 1943. The couple raised two sons, Roger Ware and Fred Lyle Ware, Jr., and are survived by several generations of relatives living in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, Lyle Ware attended schools of Valley Head, West Virginia and graduated from Tygarts Valley High School in 1942; and

     Whereas, Lyle Ware was in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of a clean up team in Hawaii, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour; and

    Whereas, Lyle Ware worked thirty years as a coal miner for Island Creek Coal Company at Bayard, WV, owned and operated a business, the Gormania Trading Post, for fifteen years and was a member of the Mount Storm Lions Club; and

    Whereas, Lyle Ware was one of seven men who established the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department, and served as fire chief of the department for forty-seven years; and

    Whereas, While serving as fire chief, Lyle Ware was instrumental in providing ambulance service to his community for thirty years, the purchasing of five new fire trucks, obtaining the “jaws of life” equipment, building a new fire station, and many other projects; and

    Whereas, Concerned about providing needed water for his area, Fire Chief Lyle Ware, along with other members of the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department, partnered with the U. S. Department of Agriculture to install four fire hydrants in the fire district. Chief Ware also worked with the Upper Tygart Valley River Water Shed organization to provide southern Randolph County residents much needed safe potable water and increased fire protection through establishment of the Elkwater Dam; and

    Whereas, Fire Chief Lyle Ware was awarded Randolph County Fireman of the Year in 1989 and was presented the Distinguished Mountaineer award in 2006 by Governor Manchin; and

    Whereas, Fire Chief Lyle Ware served as president of the Randolph County Fire Association and belonged to the West Virginia Fire Chiefs’ Association and the West Virginia Firemen’s Association; and

     Whereas, The Legislature finds it is fitting to recognize and honor the outstanding public service of Lyle Ware; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That bridge number 42-219-12.59 on U. S. Route 219 across the Tygart River at Elkwater, Randolph County, West Virginia, be named the “Fire Chief Lyle Ware Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge the “Fire Chief Lyle Ware Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways and to members of the Lyle Ware family.

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