SEASIDE - Long time Seaside resident and community volunteer Glenn Bard has passed away. An announcement was made over the Seaside emergency dispatch system today announcing Bard's passing. He was 79.

Bard served as a member of the Seaside Fire and Rescue Department  for over 50 years

Karna Kupples, at Seaside Fire and Rescue, said Bard was well known and well liked in the community.

"He had a kind heart and was one of the most positive persons I have met," she said."He would do anything for anybody."

"Glenn was the kind of guy who talked from his heart," said Chris Dugan at Seaside Fire and Rescue. "You won't know a more honest, more caring, more giving individual than Glen Bard."

Dugan said Bard was well respected at the department.

"When Glenn talked, everyone stopped to listen," Dugan said.

Doug Barker, events coordinator at the Seaside Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer with Seaside Fire and Rescue, said Bard was a quiet man.

"Glenn worked hard for the community," Barker said. "He volunteered with Seaside Kids and the South County Food Bank forever. He asked me to join the Seaside Fire Department, but I turned him down, but later I changed my mind."

Seaside City Manager Mark Winstanley:

"I knew Glenn most of my life. He epitomized what the community was all about. Glenn loved this community. He will be missed."

During a Seaside City Council meeting in June 2011, Fire Chief Dale Kamrath awarded Bard with a plaque to honor Bard's 50 years of service as a volunteer firefighter.

Those present included more than 20 of Bard's fellow volunteer firefighters who stood along the back wall in support and appreciation of Bard's dedication to the department.

"It is a privilege and honor to present an individual in this community who has served the Seaside Fire Department for 50 years this August," Kamrath said during the presentation.

Bard was also honored during an Oregon Volunteer Firefighters event on June 25, where he received the plaque recognizing his service. Bard started making fire calls in Seaside as a volunteer on Aug. 17, 1961.

According to Kamrath, Bard served in several capacities within the department, including as a lieutenant and the department's chaplain.

"At age 78, he responded to 207 alarms last year and attended 23 drills," said Kamrath, who noted Bard has also been active in the community working with the Seaside Food Bank, delivering meals through the Meals on Wheels program, as a longtime member of Seaside Kids and serving as a community Santa. In 2009, he received the Seaside Chamber's Lifetime Achievement award.

"As a coach for baseball, he was a favorite," Kamrath said. "Without his involvement in Seaside Kids, it wouldn't be what it is today without him."

"I want to thank all the people in Seaside that let me do this stuff," said Bard. "It was not me, just one person. It's everyone."

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