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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 5 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 5

(By Delegates Nestor, Jennings, Hott, Pritt, Kimes, Smith, Reynolds, Conley, D. Jeffries, J. Kelly, and McGeehan)

[Introduced January 12, 2022.]

 

Requesting the Division of Highways name a bridge bearing the Bridge Number: 42-219/00-030.96  () (42A136), (38.80906, -79.88206) locally known as Burnt Bridge, carrying US 219 over Tygart Valley River in Randolph County, West Virginia, as the “James ‘Big Jim’ Shaffer Memorial Bridge.”

Whereas, James Shaffer, known in his community as “Big Jim,” was born on October 5, 1943, in East Dailey, West Virginia, where he was raised by his grandparents, Sterl and Vida Gear; and

Whereas, In 1958, James Shaffer joined the Tygart Valley Fire Company at the age of 15 as a young man; and

Whereas, In 1968, James Shaffer assumed the position of chief of the Tygart Valley Fire Company; and

Whereas, During James Shaffer’s time as chief, the Tygart Valley Fire Company built two new stations and purchased updated trucks and equipment to expand their services to the community; and

Whereas, James Shaffer participated in a variety of community activities during his time as a member and chief of the Tygart Valley Fire Company, including aiding the former Valley Water Company with line repairs, searching for line breaks, providing traffic control, assisting the former Coastal Lumber Company with silo fires and brush fires, and putting on safety demonstrations for the children at the former Homestead Elementary School; and

Whereas, James Shaffer, while serving as a member and chief of the Tygart Valley Fire Company, responded to a wide array of calls, including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, downed trees, CPR, searching for missing individuals, and mutual aid calls; and

Whereas, James Shaffer, both as a member and chief of the Tygart Valley Fire Company, organized many fundraisers to raise money for the department, including “Porch Light Drives,” in which community members would turn on their porch lights to alert the fire company to collect their donations as the members walked through the Dailey, East Dailey, and Valley Bend communities; and

Whereas, In 2003 and 2004, James Shaffer wrote two Federal Emergency Management Agency grants that provided over $165,000 for the Tygart Valley Fire Company, which helped pay for over 30 sets of gold personal protective equipment, including bunker coats, bunker pants, boots, gloves, and Nomex hoods; and

Whereas, James Shaffer retired from the Tygart Valley Fire Company in 2006 after 48 years of volunteer service to his community and beyond; and

Whereas, Sadly, James Shaffer passed away on December 18, 2012, and is survived by his wife and his daughter; and

Whereas, James Shaffer exemplified what it means to be a true community leader and a role model for all those in the community and across West Virginia; and

Whereas, For these reasons it is fitting and proper that this bridge be named in honor of James “Big Jim” Shaffer; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways name a bridge bearing the Bridge Number: 42-219/00-030.96  () (42A136), (38.80906, -79.88206) locally known as Burnt Bridge, carrying US 219 over Tygart Valley River in Randolph County, West Virginia, as the “James ‘Big Jim’ Shaffer Memorial Bridge” and, be it

Further Resolved, That the commissioner of the Division of Highways is requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge as the “James ‘Big Jim’ Shaffer Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the commissioner of the Division of Highways.

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