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HOMETOWN HEROES: Rumsyre working for career in public safety

June 13, 2013

Zach Rumsyre, of Jefferson Township’s fire department, is a captain and aspires to be a full-time firefighter someday. Photo contributed

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Though Zach Rumsyre hasn’t been a fireman as long as many others in Whitley County, he has his sights aimed high.

Rumsyre, who has been a volunteer fireman with Jefferson Center Fire Department since 2004, has already worked his way into a captain’s position.

“It is my goal to become a career firefighter,” Rumsyre said.

Rumsyre said he spends a lot of time at the fire station in Jefferson Township looking for ways to improve.

“I believe that even being a volunteer department, our community expects the same level of care and protection as a large city — and we should be able to provide it,” Rumsyre said. “We can always improve, so I spend a lot of time at the station going over equipment or trying to figure out a way to make things easier.”

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