Jefferson Township Fire Dept. celebrates 75 years

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Current Jefferson Township Fire Chief Chris Snyder addresses the audience at the 75th Anniversary of the Jefferson Township Fire Department and introduces current and past fire department members and support staff.

(Posted Nov. 1, 2022)

The Jefferson Township Fire Department celebrated 75 years of service (1947-2022) at the fire station on Oct. 29.

A short program recognized present and past fire department members, as well as Jefferson Township trustees and fiscal officers. A meal by Ann & Tony’s Restaurant and a social hour were part of the celebration.

Delivering brief speeches were: Dylan Wildman, president of Jefferson Firefighters Local 3029; Jeff Pfeil, chairman of the Jefferson Township trustees; Wayne Francis, chairman of the Fairfield Township trustees; and Ray Martin, mayor of West Jefferson.

Prior to the event, letters of recognition were presented by State Rep. Bill Dean, State Senator Bob Hackett, U.S. Congressman Mike Carey and U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

Recognized as members of the Jefferson Township Fire Department from over 50 years ago were Skip Henderson, Larry Baker, Larry Meadows, Paul Prottengeier, Rick Forrest, Bob Godden, Ron Holcomb and Bob Barton.
Past fire chiefs from Jefferson Township Fire Department on hand for the celebration were Paul Prottengeier (1980-1985), Bill Houk (2001-2017) and Jeff Hockenbery (1985-1991).
Fire Belles members Betsy Postle, Debbie Forrest and Bev Hall were recognized. The Fire Belles were family members that raised funds for the fire department and provided drinks and snacks during working fires and then a meal for the firefighters after a return from a fire and cleanup at the fire station.
Past members of Jefferson Township Fire Department stand in front of Engine 251 for a reunion picture. The engine, a 1985 Pierce Arrow, served the Jefferson Township Fire Department from 1985 until 2002. It was donated to Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City for their firefighting and EMS program and brought back to the fire station for the anniversary.
A cake was prepared for dessert for the 75th anniversary celebration of Jefferson Township Fire Department.
A cake was prepared for dessert for the 75th anniversary celebration of Jefferson Township Fire Department.

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