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1948 Fire Chief

Name: Jack Ruth

Rank: Fire Chief

Years Of Service: 1948

Service Award(s):

Chief Ruth was born in Paso Robles, CA on February 8, 1917. Chief Ruth graduated from Paso Robles High School where he lettered in Track and Field with his spe-cialty in the pole vault. Jack lived his entire life in the North County of San Luis Obispo spending much of his young adulthood in San Miguel, Paso Robles and Templeton.

Jack had many successful businesses in and around Templeton. Jack‘s father (Harold) owned the Templeton Feed and Grain and Jack was a driver for his father.

Jack was a well-known mechanic who had a ‘traveling shop on wheels’ and, as he lived in the heart of Templeton, he accepted the position of Fire Chief so he could bring the fire equipment home to repair and maintain, as well as respond directly from his home.

Jack is buried in the Templeton Cemetery with his wife Blanche and one of his six children.