The Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company mourns the passing of Life Members Charles "Chuck" Austin and Charles R. Disney.
Chuck Austin passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020. He served as a volunteer firefighter for many years with the Marley and Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Companies before joining Earleigh Heights in 1971. While with Earleigh Heights, Chuck served as Lieutenant, Training Officer, Corresponding Secretary, and President. He also chaired the Ways and Means committee and was active with weekly bingo and the annual carnival. Chuck proudly represented Earleigh Heights as a delegate to the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association (AACVFA) and the Maryland State Firemen's Association (MSFA). With the AACVFA, he held the offices of Sergeant at Arms from 2006-2007 and Second Vice-President in 2008. Chuck was inducted into the AACVFA Hall of Fame in 2002. With the MSFA he chaired the 17 State Circle Committee from 2003 to 2012, and was very active in obtaining donations to the annual golf tournament held during the convention and conference in Ocean City, MD. Chuck was inducted into the MSFA Hall of Fame in 2009. Chuck is the father of Tracy L. Smith-Gearhart, President of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association Ladies Auxiliary.
Charlie Disney passed away on October 20, 2020 after an extended illness. He served with the Marley and Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Companies before affiliating with Earleigh Heights in 2001. While with Earleigh Heights, Charlie served as President of the Fire Company in 2011. Charlie lived a life of service beginning in 1969 when he joined the U.S. Air Force. Upon leaving active duty in 1973, he transferred to the Maryland Air National Guard. In 1977 he was hired by the U.S. Naval Academy Fire Department and completed training at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy with Class 14. He briefly transferred to the Fort Meade Fire Department in 1979 before returning to the Naval Academy in 1981. He remained at the Naval Academy until retiring in 2004 with the rank of Chief. Upon retirement, he worked as a Fire Inspector with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.