CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. — The Citizens Fire Company has announced the passing of an assistant chief who served for 73 years. Life member Wilbur “Glenn” Ramsburg joined Citizens in Charles Town in September of 1950.

He was the first to serve as Assistant Chief and was “very active throughout his almost 73 years of service.”

An announcement from the fire department says Ramsburg was “a pillar” of the organization and the community he served. He could frequently be seen at the annual Pancake Day, greeting folks with a smile.

Ramsburg was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict.

He passed away May 9th under hospice care at his home. He was 96.

A tribute posted on the fire department’s social media said, “He will be forever remembered and missed by all of us that had the honor to serve with him. His wise words, humor and brotherhood will be cherished by all that had the honor to receive it. He served his community and country with dignity and honor.”

His obituary notes Ramsburg was the oldest member of the Citizens Fire Company.

He was a Board Member of the Jefferson County Memorial Park. Former member of the American Red Cross. Former member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce where he was the Recipient of the DSA Award in 1962. Past Member of the Jackson-Perks American Legion Post #71, Charles Town, WV, Loyal Order of Moose 948, Past Member of the VFW Post #3522, Charles Town.  He was a Board Member for the Edge Hill Cemetery and a member of the Korean War Veterans Association Shenandoah Valley Chapter 313, according to his obituary.