Polk Township's Assistant Fire Chief Retires After 30+ Years

  • 6/12/2019 8:21:18 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

POLK TOWNSHIP, OH - After 32 years of service as Assistant Fire Chief at Polk Township Volunteer Fire Department, Tom Smith is ready to retire. On Wednesday, several of Smith's colleagues and friends met at the Polk Fire Department to hold a retirement party for him.

"It was really unexpected, but I sure appreciate it, without a doubt," Smith said. "It shows a camaraderie and that this is a family. No matter what, it's always a family. There's a tremendous amount of good times I've had in the fire service. Of course, there're other times too. You have to take the good with the bad. The good definitely outweighs anything that was really bad."

Smith is well-known throughout Ashland County as a hard-working and knowledgable firefighter and as a professional, and his friends at the fire department say he will be sorely missed from day to day.

"He had a wealth of knowledge," said Matt Spaniel, Fire Chief at Polk Township Volunteer Fire Department. "He's a very good influence on our younger guys, a lot of guys look up to him. I don't think he really likes to be recognized for things. For being here for 32 years, I think it's definitely something that needs to be recognized."

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