On the recommendation of Fire Chief Greg Pachico, the West Tisbury select board voted unanimously to name the town’s public safety complex after retired West Tisbury Fire Chief Manuel Estrella III. Chief Pachico said the idea has the support of the firefighters association. Chief Pachico also presented a support letter signed by West Tisbury Police Chief Matt Mincone, Tri-Town Ambulance Chief Ben Retmier, Highway Superintendent Richard Olsen, and Animal Control Officer Anthony Cordray, all of whom work from the complex.
Chief Pachico said Chief Estrella, whom he redisclosed was his father-in-law, was modest and didn’t want a farewell bash or other fanfare. Nevertheless, Chief Pachico felt Chief Estrella should be honored.
“I am most happy to support this request,” select board member Cynthia Mitchell said. “I think it’s a wonderful idea.”
“I agree,” select board member Kent Healy said.
“I struggle recognizing when so many have done so much to bring the town to where it is today,” select board chair Skipper Manter said. He noted the department has had a number of chiefs. “How do you not recognize Arnie Fischer, who created the fire department years ago?”
Manter said Estrella did a “wonderful job,” as fire chief but wondered if all the past chiefs shouldn’t be recognized.
Chief Pachico said he thought it was particularly appropriate to dedicate the public safety building to Chief Estrella because he was instrumental in realizing its construction. Chief Pachico also said he is considering naming Fire Station 1 on Edgartown–West Tisbury Road after Fischer. That dedication, he said, was “tabled for a later date.”
Manter eventually cozied up to the idea, and voted in support.
Chief Estrella, who wasn’t at the meeting, retired on June 30 after 47 years of fire service, and was saluted with a parade past his home. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.