Mr. Lee Glassman, WA5LEE, has accepted the position of District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for District 1 of the South Texas Section. District 1 is composed of; Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller County. Lee replaces Mr. Mark Taylor, N5MDT, who will remain the EC for Montgomery County.
Lee grew up on the mean streets of New York City, moved to Oceanside, Long Island at the age of 13, and decided to pursue a career in Emergency Services. After attending CW Post University, Majoring in Biology, while becoming an EMT/AEMT as a Volunteer Firefighter, he attended St. Vincent’s Institute of Emergency Care in NYC, earning his Paramedic Certification in 1986. He first worked as a Paramedic for Stony Brook Hospital, becoming one of the Northeast’s first Helicopter Paramedics specializing in Neonatal Critical Care.
From there he took his FireFighting/Medical training to a whole new level as a Paramedic/Rescue Technician with the NYFD while working for the Entertainment Industry as a private IT/Apple Computer Consulting Specialist for such artists as Billy Joel, Elton John, The Stones, Eagles and lastly with Phil Collins.
After moving to Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania he became a Firefighter/EMT with the local department and rose through the line to Department Chief in 2000, reducing his NY Paramedic activity to Per-Diem shift work, when the Twin Towers were hit. He broke numerous speed limits to get into the city to spend 3 days straight in the rubble, having lost many Brothers and Sisters that day.
Deciding that year to stop "putting the wet stuff on the red stuff" for the sake of his family, he continued as a boutique IT Consultant while becoming more involved in Fire Prevention, Training, and Radio/Dispatching work. Then in 2007 got his no-code Technician license to get involved with the "Amateur" side of Digital Radio.
Right around that time, he opened a Sports Bar/Restaurant named ‘Backdraft’ that paid homage to First Responders, Military, Police, and EMS workers, with a lifetime of collected Patches, Badges, and Memorabilia on display which he owned and operated until late 2018. Three months after selling the business, it burnt to the ground in an ironic twist of fate.
He was the co-founder of the Pennsylvania State Digital Radio Association, joined ARES EPA, got his General Ticket, and became AEC for Wayne County ARES. Tired of the Ice, Snow, and Misery of the Northeast, he relocated to Tomball, Texas in 2019 to enjoy the Heat, Humidity, and Misery of Houston. Best of all, no HOA to deal with for antenna restrictions!
Having joined STX D14 NW immediately after moving to Texas, he earned his Extra ticket in 2020 during the Covid lockdown and began to further broaden his training through online classes, and after the plague slackened somewhat, began ‘
"train the trainer" certification through TDMA. He also maintains his Texas EMT certification as well as National Certification through NREMT.
He currently acts as a Net Control for the Texas State DMR Net, the PA State DMR Net, STX D14 NW as Net Manager/AEC of the NW Unit, served as the Net Manager for the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International 20m Net, currently Communication Director for the Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Command Post Director for the Texas MS150, LifeFlight Comms Liaison for the Wings over Houston Airshow, and serves as Lead for both the Tomball Fire Department and Tomball Hospital Volunteer Communications teams, as well as the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Comms team.
Lee is Married to his most wonderful XYL, Nicole has a daughter, Isabella, currently a Department Head at Pittsburgh University and enjoys the company of Ramsey, the Aussie Shepherd, Momo, Valkyrie and Genji the Siberian Huskies, and Dax the Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot, who can still whistle the Fire Department tones to set off his pagers at 5 AM.
This appointment is effective December 1, 2021.
Regards to all,
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC