Pallos retires from fire department after 42 years

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Madison Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson presents retiring Battalion Chief Chris Pallos with an American flag during a Dec. 10 retirement ceremony.

Chris Pallos’ more than 40-year career with the Madison Township Fire Department is coming to an end and the battalion chief was recently honored for his years of service.

“After 42 years with the Madison Township Fire Department, Chief Pallos has decided to retire and start the next chapter in his life,” said Madison Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson, before telling Pallos the department is keeping his coffee cup for whenever he stops by the station.

Madison Township trustee and fellow retired firefighter Ed Dildine said he and Pallos worked a lot together on 2 Unit.

“He was a good officer and we spent a lot of time together,”said Dildine.
Pallos said it was a thrill and an honor to be able to serve as long as he has. He graduated from Groveport Madison High School in 1971 and started as a volunteer firefighter in October 1974. Three years later, he became a full time firefighter and was promoted to lieutenant in 1985. Five years later, he became captain and in 1993, he was promoted to battalion chief.

Pallos oversaw the department’s hazardous foam operations from its inception in 1993 through 2015 and has attended numerous fire, EMS, hazardous materials classes and incident commands.

Madison Township trash pick up hiccup
The removal of boxes and bags, colorful wrapping paper torn apart to get to the gift hidden inside and other holiday artifacts is on the mind of Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst.

“There was a little bit of a hiccup with the Thanksgiving trash collection,” said Brobst during the Madison Township trustees’ Dec. 10 meeting. “A lot of streets were picked up earlier (in the day) than normal.”

On major holidays, including Christmas and New Year’s Day, trash collection is always pushed ahead one day. While Local Waste picked up trash the day after Thanksgiving as scheduled, some customers used to their regular pick-up time were caught off guard when drivers arrived earlier than expected.

“You really need to get trash out the night before or at least by 6:30 a.m.,” said Brobst.

According to the guidelines in the Local Waste Service contract for unincorporated Madison Township, if a holiday falls on or before a scheduled collection day, service is delayed one day that week only and should be out at the curb by 6:30 a.m. Township trash is collected on Thursday, so, on a holiday schedule, it will be picked up on Friday.

The holiday schedule followed by the hauler is New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, service is not delayed.

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