James Abbott not only is a respected member of the Delaware Volunteer Fire Service, serving the citizens of Milford, but also is a recognized veteran serving the Army National Guard from 1958 through1960. Jim’s assignments included tours of duty in Texas as well as in Kentucky. Obviously, the influences bestowed from his family growing up as well as his military experiences were major contributions to the development of his character, his professionalism and his commitment to family, faith and the community as we know him today.
Following graduation from Milford High School in the spring of 1956, Jim joined as a volunteer firefighter with the Carlisle Fire Company on December 5, 1956. Upon completion of his military obligations and return to Milford he continued serving his community in the fire company. Over his 59 year career with the Carlisle Fire Company, Jim has served the organization in numerous capacities. Over the years he has been very active with a variety of committees as well as various fundraising events. In addition, Jim served on the company’s Board of Directors and was elected as President of the Fire Company in 1981. On September 1, 1983 he fulfilled the necessary requirements becoming a life member of the Carlisle Fire Company.
Jim is recognized as a family man as he and his wife, the former Janice Dickerson, have been married for 53 years. They had two children, James Greg and the late Vonda Kay. In addition, his family includes his daughter-in law Heather as well as his two grandchildren Quinn Davis and Morgan Bailey. Jim’s successes in the fire company was brought about from the love and support he received from his family over the years. Measuring a man’s successes is a testament of his faith, the faith of his family as well as the faith he receives from his community. His faith in the Lord speaks volumes of his character as a 6o plus year member with the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford. His passion to serve as a good steward of the community extends beyond his dedication and commitment to the fire company, as a member of the Masonic Temple Lodge # 9 of Milford. His involvement in the lodge exemplifies this individual and reinforces his characteristics as the man he truly is.
With all this said of him, one would surmise his character as a leader. To a certain extent these attributes are a reflection of leadership. At the annual Company Banquet in March of 2009 Jim was celebrated and recognized by the Delaware House of Representatives as well as the Delaware Senate, recognizing his 53 years of service to the Carlisle Fire Company. In addition, he was recognized as only the third man in the department’s 210 year history as Chief EMERITUS. Today, this member continues to actively serve the department attending monthly meetings within the Company as he continues to serve as a valuable member of our organization’s finance committee. Chief Emeritus James Abbott one of today’s true Pioneers of Carlisle.