Bill Gifford served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Germany and France during the Vietnam conflict.
He is the son of Mal and Helen Gifford. As one of seven children, Bill attended Whitesboro High School and graduated with a BS from Utica College and a Masters from Cortland.
After returning home from the service, Bill became a science teacher, first at Remsen, then at New York Mills, before retiring from Whitesboro High School. In addition to being an educator, he also coached little league in Oriskany, basketball in New York Mills and was a Cub Scout leader.
Bill, who is a lifelong Giants fan, lives in Oriskany, with his wife Mary and their dog, "Maggie." They have two children, Amy Arnold and Matt Gifford, who both live in the Syracuse area. Bill and Mary are anxiously awaiting the birth of their first grandchild.
We salute you Bill Gifford for your dedicated service during Vietnam, and we're proud to have you as our Hometown Hero.