HANCOCK — Andrew “Bing” Lounder, a Hancock-born former volunteer firefighter, fire chief, school board member and member of the early security patrol, was named Hancock’s Citizen of the Year Award at the Hancock Town Meeting Tuesday.
“During his tenure he rescued Don and Ken Noddin’s mother, Ruth, from the second story of her burning house,” said Gary Hunt, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, in presenting the award.
Hunt said Lounder “continues to be a man of industry and dedication to his community through a wide variety of endeavors, seldom in the limelight but always here, playing a role that lends continuity to the life of our town.”
Hunt said Lounders Corner is named after the family and Lounder still lives nearby with his wife, Lillian.
Lounder plowed roads, delivered milk, worked as a mechanic at Colwell’s Garage and then started his own garage in the late 1970s, which he continues to operate today, Hunt said.
As to his unusual nickname, Hunt explained: “I am told that when addressed as Andrew by his mother, for reasons that from what I can tell were known only to him, he said: ‘Don’t call me Andrew, I’m Bing.’”