For anyone that ran across Chief Adam Snyder, it was obvious he was a big man. But if you were around him even for a few minutes, you realized his presence and dedication to the fire service was much larger than his physique. The former Atlantic Beach fire chief passed away from injuries he received while on vacation in March 2019.
Snyder’s death left many with heavy hearts, not only his family and ABFD family, but the fire service across North Carolina. One of his passions was training. Especially technical rescue style training.
On October 10, 2019 the ECFA announced the creation of the Adam Snyder Rapid Intervention Crew Training Scholarship. That scholarship, in the amount of $750, will be awarded to a deserving firefighter from the ECFA region so they can attend the RIC training school held at Cape Fear Community College. That scholarship will begin in 2020.
At the October ECFA meeting, Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Mike Simpson and Deputy Chief Casey Arthur were on hand to accept a plaque commemorating the scholarship for the family and department.