Millersport Mayor Dean Severance, right, reads his proclamation declaring July 8, 2008, as "William Yates Day." Yates was honored for his years of service as chief of the Millersport Fire Department, his mentoring of younger firefighters, and his professionalism. Severance credited Yates with making the department one of the best in the state, referencing the respect he has earned from his peers. Council member and Safety Committee Chair Paul Detty, left, presented Yates with a plaque thanking him for his service. Yates is NOT retiring and continues as chief. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.