Firefighters’ work doesn’t end after fire is out

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The Rising Sun Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on February 23rd. It took two hours and some assistance from Aurora firefighters to get the fire out and the scene safe and secure.

However, the work had just begun and the final firefighter was back to the firehouse and heading home after six more hours.

Fire chief Kevin Armstrong’s work included comforting the family, calling in a fire inspector, and dealing with the media.

In addition to the fire department, the life squad is on scene, red cross lends a hand, police and sheriff help out.

The city of Rising Sun allows employees to take Paid Time Off (PTO) to assist. At this particular fire, police officer Wayne Siekman (a lieutenant on the fire department) was able to help run the ladder truck while other officers and from the police and sheriff departments helped with traffic. The department received assistance from the Aurora Fire Department and works closely with all surrounding departments as needed.

Two hours of work turned into more than eight hours. Clean up has been made easier with new equipment purchased through grants from the Ohio County Community Foundation and Rising Sun Regional Foundation.

The volunteers have a fish fry the first Saturday in June, a letter drive in October and receive donations throughout the year.

Firefighters include Bobby White, David Kruse, Shannon Snelling, Wes Walston, Brandon Cook, John Miller, Alex Bowling, Bill Lloyd, Alan Benning, Nick Levi, Danny Cyrus, Jason Siekman, Chris Berkley, Danny Vinup, Tom Moore, Andrew Riddell, Andy Bowling, Matt Vaughan, Anthony Courter, Chris Miller, John Vecchiola, Adam Keith, Dean Scheffler, Jesse McClure, Trevor Griffin, Andrew Muenchen, Andrew Rickard, Jake Salyers, Cody Jackson, Matt Keith, Mark Morton and Don Nicholson.