(employed by the Houston Fire Dept. 1939-1980)
Texas Commission On Fire Protection Personnel Standards And Education
Around 1970, dad was appointed by Gov. Preston Smith to be a member of the "Texas Commission On Fire Protection Personnel Standards And Education". Dad was reappointed by 4 governors to be a part of this commission. He served on this until 1987. (For about 20 years, he worked on the Firefighters Standards and Education Commission.) Dad was given credit for back military time which added years to his pension. He was chairman of the subcommittee that set up standards for arson investigators and fire inspectors.
The Law Of Arson In Texas
"The Law Of Arson In Texas" was a book dad wrote about 1965 and was updated by a fellow colleague. It was for individuals interested in fire investigation.
Arson In Texas: It Should Burn You Up!
"Arson In Texas: It Should Burn You Up!" was a book from the chairman of the Texas Advisory Council On Arson. This committee was formed for taking constructive steps to reduce the crime of arson. This brought about changes in the state arson laws as well as changes in the State Fire Marshals office. It was written in 1967.

In 1958, dad wrote a new pension law for the Firefighters Association which was passed in Austin. It increased the pension board from 5 up to 9 people. These people were elected by firefighters for positions on the board. Dad was Chairman of the Board. He was reelected about 5 times. After serving 15 years, dad gave up this position. After the original law in 1958, dad wrote subsequent revisions in the pension law that were passed in Austin.

In 1955, the homicide division of the police department asked dad to write up a course in homicide investigation. He taught 30 out of 60 hours of lecture to homicide investigators.

Dad was chairman of the Metro Committee in connection with the International Firefighters in the 1960s. Their objective was to get an increase in voting strength for the major fire departments in the country. The larger unions were threatening to get out of the International Union but the problem was corrected. The international bylaws were changed.

The union produced the improvements in the Houston fire dept. rather than the fire chief's office.

An Alcus Greer Day was established in 1995. (Dad had retired in 1980.)

Alcus Greer Award For Excellence

There was an award created in dad's name for the selection of the outstanding arson investigator to be given annually to a member of Houston's arson bureau.

Winners Of Alcus Greer Award For Excellence

The winners of the Alcus Greer Award For Excellence (1994-2002) are listed in the above picture.

The Greer and Lowdermilk Conference Center

Greer and Lowdermilk Conference Center

Firefighters dedicated the Pension Fund's the Greer and Lowdermilk Conference Center on July 2, 2003. Alcus Greer and Captain George E. Lowdermilk were honored for their solid support and strong dedication of service to the Houston fire department and the Pension Fund.

Alcus served as a member of the Pension Fund's board of trustees from 1958 to 1973. He was chairman for 15 years and was the Fund's legislative advisor. At the time, Alcus was the only person in the fire dept. that had a law degree and he submitted bills to the Texas Legislature for the Pension Fund. On June 15, 1989, Alcus was unanimously elected Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees for the great contributions he made to the Fund.

The Stonecutter's Awards

The Stonecutter's Awards are a program that is sponsored by the TRFF (Texas Retired Fire Fighters), a branch of the TSAFF (Texas State Association Of Fire Fighters), to recognize and honor leaders of the TSAFF past. Alcus Greer was elected V.P. in 1962 and served until 1987. He was a very strong leader for the TSAFF, plus his leadership on a local level was recognized while selecting him for this award. The leaders selected for this award were not just leaders, but were GREAT leaders, leaders that left a legacy of greatness, of much change, of progress and of leadership, that the fire fighters are proud to follow in their footsteps.

Alcus Greer II accepted the Stonecutter's Award for Alcus Greer on July 14, 2005 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center at the State Fire Fighters Convention.

Alcus Greer's Service in Local 341

Convention Delegate

Member, Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Firemen's Relief and Retirement Fund, 1958-1972

Chairman of the Pension Committee of the State Association of Firefighters

Member, Pay Raise Committee (2 times, one time being in 1957)

Alcus Greer

Board Member (appointed by the Governor), Texans Commission on Fire Protection and Education

Wrote standards for inspectors and investigators for this commission

Served about 20 years

If it was related to pension or standards, Alcus would present a bill to the legislature

City Retirement Age

Congress had passed a age discrimination law, for people from 40-70 years of age. The City of Houston had an ordinance that required fire personnel to retire at age 65. Alcus Greer went to the fire chief and explained this to him. The fire chief called the the City of Houston legal dept. which said the age 65 retirement ordinance would hold, but they were wrong. This issue went to the EEOC, a federal agency. Some five or six people had been forced to leave because they were over 65.

The City of Houston settled the case. Alcus Greer, at the time, was going on 66. He fell within the age group the U.S. Congress had passed the age discrimination law on, which was 40-70 years of age.

Alcus Greer won the lawsuit. The City didn't pass an ordinance changing the maximum retirement age to 70 years, they just took the retirement age limit of 65 off completely. Alcus Greer was paid for about 3 1/2 years of work time with the City as part of the settlement.

The 65 year retirement ordinance was abolished. Captain George Lowdermilk, who was 81 years of age, announced his retirement from the Houston Fire Dept. and the Pension Fund, Board of Trustees. There was an article titled "Captain George Retires" that was published in the October 2004 issue of the Red Line.

The Greer family wishes to thank The Retirees and Beneficiaries of the Houston Firefighters' Relief and Retirement Fund for their wonderful article titled "A Lifetime of Service". It was about what Alcus Greer attempted to do for the firefighters and was published in the winter 2005 issue of the Red Line.

Professional History of Alcus Greer
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