C. WILLIS "Bill" Troy, a member of two Ohio fire and emergency medical services halls of fame, hasn't forgotten Martins Ferry, and his upcoming induction into Ferry's Hall of Honor shows he is remembered in the city.
Now retired, Troy kept a familiar photograph of Martins Ferry and the Ohio Valley, as seen from the hilltop, displayed in his offices while working in varied state positions. The picture is now in the den of the Granville home where he and his wife, the former Ruth Mae Evans, also from Martins Ferry, reside.
Troy, who came from a traditional fire service family, will be inducted April 7 at 2 p.m. into the Ferry HofH at the Martins Ferry High School cafetorium.
He is one of four persons to be honored at the ceremony, which is free and open to the public. The Citizens Bank is the sponsor for the HofH.
Not only is Troy the only person that has been inducted into both the Ohio Fire Service and Ohio Association of Emergency Medical Services halls of fame, but he has earned other honors and achieved a variety of firsts in fire-related and EMS fields.
He was one of five individuals to receive a "Trail Blazer Award" for contributions to the advancement of EMS education and operation in Ohio, and he also was honored for his contributions to education starting in 1960 as a part-time instructor for The Ohio State University in southeastern Ohio.
Troy, who served for 14 years with the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, is an honorary life member of the department, the department's Ladder Co. and the Ferry Emergency Squad. His public safety efforts also include two years with the Granville Volunteer Fire Department, which presented him with a Service and Appreciation Award.
While in Martins Ferry, he was enrolled in one of the first four groups of emergency medical and rescue instructor training courses and became certified to instruct courses in Ohio.
In addition to receiving the Governor's Ohio Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the former Ferrian was the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety Administration Director's Award and Employee of the Month honor.
In the early 2000s, he was appointed by the governor to the Ohio Ambulance Licensing Board and later received an appreciation award for outstanding leadership and dedication to that board.
A recipient of commendations from the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate, he was named as honorary dean of the Ohio State Fire School at Bowling Green State University in 1998 for contributions to the annual fire schools.
Troy was issued the first license to function as an emergency medical technician-ambulance in Ohio in 1976.
A co-founder of the Southeast Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, he also developed the annual New Fire Chiefs Educational Symposium in cooperation with the Ohio Fire Academy and Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.
The former Ferrian was a special projects coordinator for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and he developed the first statewide EMS resource manual for disaster incidents for use at the Ohio Emergency Operation Center.
From 1992-96, Troy served as special projects coordinator for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, EMS Division, and he was designated as an essential employee to the department. This included being assigned to the Ohio Emergency Operation Center in disaster situations and developing a resource manual and statewide disaster plan for the state.
That manual was only one of a variety of instructional manuals which he worked to develop and publish.
In cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Hospital Association, he developed the first organized in-hospital training guidelines for new emergency medical technicians after completion of their basic training.
Troy participated in the Central Ohio Medicopter University Research project, sponsored by a surgeon from The Ohio State Medical Center in cooperation with other agencies. This project was later expanded, and he assisted with the initial coordination of the program.
A member of numerous program planning committees for the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Public Safety, he also worked on advisory and planning committees for universities, a technical college and a joint vocational school. This is in addition to presenting a large number of fire, police and EMT instructor course orientations, interviews and testing statewide.
Troy's professional career includes 22 years with the Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio State University; Ohio Department of Public Safety, four years; and Ohio Ambulance Licensing Board, three years. That was after being employed at Picoma Industries, Martins Ferry, from 1950-70.
The Troys have two children, Bradley and Kathy, and two grandchildren, Jason Troy of Barnesville and Kamala Farrington of Phoenix. Their son and his wife, Denise, reside in Barnesville while Kathy and her husband, Ed Farrington, are Phoenix residents.
In addition to Troy, others to be inducted April 7 in the HofH are Anthony Spear, whose space achievements include being project manager for the Mars Pathfinder; Dr. Simon West, an early Martins Ferry physician; and James Everson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Bancorp Inc., Martins Ferry, and former president and CEO of The Citizens Savings Bank.