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1998/2010 Fire Chief

Name: Rod Hewitt

Rank: Fire Chief

Years Of Service: 1998/2010

Service Award(s): 1984 Firefighter of the Year30 Years of Service

Growing up Rod worked at his family‘s hardware store, just one block from the fire station. As a young boy he would hear the siren and would run out to watch the fire trucks speed by. It was this early memory that inspired Rod to become a mem-ber of the fire department.

In February of 1976, Rod joined the Templeton Fire Department. Since that time he has responded to hundreds of emer-gencies. Rod was a member of the Board of Trade (later to become the Chamber of Commerce) when the Services District was formed in 1976. Rod served as a member of the first Board of Directors. In 1979, Rod became the Assistant Fire Chief. In 1998, Rod was appointed Acting Fire Chief while a permanent Chief was recruited.

Rod‘s memorable calls include the Feed and Grain fire in 1979, the fire that burnt down Hope and Larry‘s Bar, and the fire at Jack Allen‘s lumberyard. Rod also participated in non-emergency activities the fire department sponsored, including Halloween hot dog give-a-ways, Easter egg hunt (coloring 200-300 dozen eggs) and, the popular 4th of July pancake breakfast.

For over 30 years Rod operated a pump installation/repair business out of the family‘s hard-ware store at 5th and Main Streets. In 2004, due to demands of the fire department and as a result of the growth of the community, Rod became a paid member of the Department, first working part-time and eventually full-time, assisting with required inspections, maintenance and training.