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The Suburbanite
  • 23 part-time Jackson firefighters sworn in

  • Jackson Township Fire Chief Ted Heck said the swearing in of 23 part-time firefighters was his last official act as chief. With the upcoming chief, Tracy Hogue, by his side, 23 cadets were sworn in to serve the fire department.

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  • Jackson Township Fire Chief Ted Heck said the swearing in of 23 part-time firefighters was his last official act as chief. With the upcoming chief, Tracy Hogue, by his side, 23 cadets were sworn in to serve the fire department.
    “Do what’s best. Do what’s right,” Heck instructed the newcomers. “And the rest will follow.”
    Heck told the new hirees, “If I need your services in an emergency, I will be timing you.”
    The Jackson Township trustees presented Heck with a service award.
    Heck said it has been a pleasure to work with the township’s department heads and he counted it a privilege to develop the fire department as the township grew and   progressed.
    Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez said Heck has represented the township well and has been a source of pride.
    “Chief Heck is the epitomy of what a chief should be,” said Gonzalez.
    Trustees presented retiring Battalion Chief Lee Antonacci and Deputy Chief Randall Yost with service awards. The two men have more than a combined 83 years experience. Both joined the department as volunteers and helped in growing the department.
    The fire department will post for the position of batallion chief and deputy chief.
    California Casualty Management Co. donated $500 to the fire department as well as $300 from Corinne R. Schindler.
    The trustees accepted the retirement notice of Highway Foreman Rick Boak.
    “He  served the township extremely well,” said Highway Director Ralph Boger.
     In other township business, the trustees adopted new policy for impounding vehicles by the police department. The department can now charge $15 per day to impound a vehicle.
    The parks department received a donation of $500 from SCI Direct LLC for the Community Celebration.