Posthumously, Biff Lee honored as Sussex County’s Firefighter of the Year

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Clifford G. “Biff” Lee was honored posthumously as the Sussex County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association’s Firefighter of the Year. From left, Charles Arnold (Sussex County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association), Brad Lee (Clifford “Biff” Lee’s son) Janet Lee (mother) Brent Lee (son) and Ron O’Neal (SCVFA).


LAUREL – As a lifelong Laurel resident, member of the Laurel Fire Department and longtime state representative in Delaware’s General Assembly, public safety was paramount to Clifford G. “Biff” Lee.

At the February meeting of the Sussex County Firefighters Association, Mr. Lee – who passed away on Dec. 2014 – was recognized posthumously as the organization’s Firefighter of the Year.

Mr. Lee joined the Laurel Fire Department on Sept. 20, 1971 and was immediately active in all phases of the fire service. He has served as Rescue Lieutenant and was president of the fire department in 1996 and 1997.

Mr. Lee played a vital role by giving leadership to current officers.

Mr. Lee was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 and served until 2012.  Some of his contributions to the Fire Service were laws he guided to passage in Dover.  Some highlights are:

  • Mandatory smoke detector legislation;
  • Increased penalties for over-crowding in places of public assembly;
  • False alarm legislation;
  • Increase in tax credits for firefighters;
  • Introduction of Texas Hold’em legislation

It is said that there was no legislation that acted to improve Delaware Emergency Services from 1990 through 2012 that Biff Lee’s name was not attached too.

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