Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), representing Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, released the following statement on the death of “Big Ed” McCormack, former executive director of International Society of Fire Service Instructors, who died Tuesday at the age of 67 in Massachusetts.
“Ed McCormack was a man ahead of his time that continually defied the status quo and forged new frontiers for the nation’s fire service. His dedication and leadership as a fire and emergency management professional for over 40 years has made him an iconic figure of America’s fire service. From his teenage years as Massachusetts’s youngest fire chief to his role as a leading national educator in fire safety issues, Ed McCormick’s faithful dedication to improving the safety of America’s firefighters was unmatched.
“Over the past 25 years I have come to know Ed as a true personal friend. His passion for the fire service mirrored his passion for life and friendship. I send my heartfelt condolences to Ed’s family for their loss.”