Fire EMS, Firefighting, Leadership

Chief John M. Eversole haz-mat scholarship endowment

In May 2007 we lost a great leader and friend of the fire service, Chief John M. Eversole. John dedicated his life to his family and his community. Throughout his life he was a “giver” of both his time and his love of the fire service. Now it is our turn to give back to John what he gave to us.

With the support of John’s family and friends, the Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation has created the Chief John M. Eversole Endowment for Hazardous Materials Responders to honor his life and professional accomplishments through an annual scholarship. To fund the endowment, our Board of Directors has set a goal of raising a minimum of $25,000 by July 2008 to establish a fund specifically to support the Eversole Endowment. Interest earned from this endowment will support one or more annual scholarships per year, from now and into the future.

On behalf of the Board of Directors we are requesting your support in achieving our financial goal for the Eversole Endowment either through a personal or organizational contribution to the YLD Foundation. Please indicate “Eversole Endowment” on your check. All donations are fully tax deductible and all donations will be acknowledged to John’s family unless otherwise requested.

The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation was organized in 1988 in honor of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line of duty. Since that time, YLD has awarded more than $89,000 in scholarships to members of the fire and emergency medical services. Go to for more information.

If you have questions or feedback please contact Mike Hildebrand directly at 410-586-0500.

Special thanks to the Eversole Endowment Fund Raising Committee: Steve “Reds ” Flegal (Corporate Donations Liaison), Rick Emery (HazMat Association’s Donations Liaison), and Chris Hawley (General Fund Raising Liaison).