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Legislator Mills names longtime educator, veteran as December Citizen of the Month


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oneilj - Posted on 13 December 2013

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills is pleased to announce that Orchard Park resident E. David Rebmann has been named the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month for December 2013. Mr. Rebmann is a Vietnam veteran, a retired educator and currently serves as executive director of the Town of Orchard Park’s Youth Services and Youth Bureau & Youth Court.


“I am truly impressed with Dave’s years of service to his community and country. There are many individual reasons why Dave deserves to be the Citizen of the Month, his dedication to the betterment of our youth is incredibly impressive. It is an honor to present Dave with the Citizen of the Month award and thank him for his years of service in the military, classroom and community,” said Legislator Mills.


Mr. Rebmann taught for 50 years, 41 of which were with the Orchard Park Central Schools, teaching history. During his teaching tenure, which included working in Buffalo and the southern portion of the country, he spent time helping newly arrived immigrants and disadvantaged students. His love for knowledge has taken him down many paths. In addition to holding four college degrees, three of which are in advanced studies, Mr. Rebmann is a Fulbright Scholar and traveled extensively in the Middle East.


In recognition of his hard work and commitment to education, Mr. Rebmann was named Orchard Park Central School’s Teacher of the Year; New York State Social Studies Teacher of the Year; and Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year.


Before beginning his career in education, he served as a medical supervisor working with the critically wounded during the Vietnam War. Recognized for his service, Mr. Rebmann received the Conspicuous Service Medal and has been named a Western New York Vietnam Veteran of the Year. Today, he serves as historian for the Orchard Park American Legion 567, and is a life-member of both the Disabled American Veterans (Vietnam) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


His community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Pavilion Board and the Orchard Park Symphony Board, and is a member of the Friends of the Orchard Library. He is a past Vice President for the Orchard Park Historical Society.


“Dave’s passion for history and learning has served his community well, wherever that may be. When he was stationed in Vietnam, he spent his downtime helping his fellow soldiers study for their GEDs or promotion exams. He is an educator, in every sense of the word, and his teachings have helped countless people,” Legislator Mills added.


The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award recognizes residents who have gone above and beyond and have given back to the county in a variety of ways.


For additional information or to speak with Legislator Mills, please contact his Legislative Office at 858-8850 or email john.mills@erie.gov.