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__________________________________________________________________________ Presidents Report
I am sure that most of you are ready for spring to arrive. But you know that here in Ohio we are not out of the woods yet. We have not heard of any surprises coming our way from the Statehouse.
As most of you have heard by now retired Columbus Fire Chief Donald Werner passed away on February 22, 2015. I was a fairly new firefighter back when I first met Chief Werner, I was hired under Chief Fadley. But as a new boy Chief Werner seemed more approachable to me. Having read Chief Werner’s obituary I realized I really did not know him. I attended a good friend’s father’s funeral recently, and someone read a poem about the Dash. That little line between the date we are born and the date we pass away. I had never heard it before, but what a great poem it was. We all have a dash, it is our lives. And it sounds like Chief Werner’s dash was full of an interesting life, busy with the Division his family and private business. I know he will be missed by his family and friends. Charlie Werner was at our March meeting and thanked everyone who attended the funeral and for all of the support given to the family during this difficult time.
We are moving forward we the plans to move the banquet to Station 67. Columbus Firefighters Union Hall. I had hoped to have more information to report at this time, but plans are still being made as far as menus and caterers. We are also still working on a date. I will post this information on the website and in the newsletter as soon as possible.
Gary Wells from Local 67 attended the March meeting to invite all 4 Unit members to attend the outing at Station 67 in May. If you have never attended the May meeting you have really been missing out. It is our largest meeting and the men and women from Columbus Fire really roll out the red carpet for us. The May meeting is also when we have nominations for officers for the upcoming year. Election of officers will be at the June meeting at the Firefighter VFW. As you have been hearing from me for the past several months we have several key positions that will need to be filled in June. This organization cannot continue to grow without someone stepping up to fill these positions. Please get involved and help us make 4 Unit successful in the future.
Charlie Campbell attended our February meeting to let the members know that he would be running for the retired firefighter position on the Pension Board. Charlie could not be at the March meeting but advised me that he was planning to be at the meeting in April. To inform the members of his future plans.
Gary A. Church.
4 Unit, President.
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