Fire on Walnut Street
There was a working house fire at 505 and 507 Walnut Street last night, January 16, 2018. All occupants and their pets did make it out safely, according to Madison Fire Chief Bill DeVries.
Walnut Street Fire Company No. 4 Engineer John Schoenstein, representing the firefighters of Madison and Jefferson County, carried the Indiana bicentennial torch on a portion of its journey through Madison. He rode with driver Frank Taff aboard a 100-year-old Ahrens Fox pumper that served Madison Fire Company No. 2 from 1916 to 1947. The torch will pass through all 92 Indiana counties.
Walnut Street Fire Company No. 4 honored member Jack Bird for 50 years of service at the July 21 business meeting.
Jack has responded to 4,489 alarms during his tenure with the Fours in addition to the more than 500 to which he responded during his 12 years as Assistant City Fire Chief and at which the Fours were not due to respond.
Awards were presented on behalf of Mayor Welch by City Fire, Chief Bill DeVries, and City Operations Chief, Ken Washer. WSFC No. 4 Company President, Karl Eaglin, presented Jack with a plaque and an ornamental axe to be mounted on the wall with those of past 50-year members.
Deputy State Fire Marshall, Rob Johnson, and State EMS Manager, Jason Smith, presented Jack with a framed certificate from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Similar certificates were also presented to other recent 50-year members Don McKay, Bob Schoenstein and Dick Goebel.
A reception was held following the meeting.