Recognizing the dedication and valor of local firefighters topped the agenda at Tuesday's meeting of the Brazil City Council.
Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer was on hand to help honor his predecessors, including former chief Donald Donath, former chief William Beeler, Freeman Hyde Jr., Everett J. Goss, whose father served as a local firefighter before him, and Roy Kellar, also a former chief. The names of the men were added to a special plaque, which will be displayed at City Hall.
Archer told the firefighters and Council that the nameplates featured on the plaque were merely small tokens in return for what they've done for their fellow citizens in the community by protecting them from the perils of fire. In the past, there was no method of recognition for some of the veteran firefighters who have served for 20-30 years.
A new generation of long-serving firefighters is in the works as the BFD continues to accept applications for firefighters through Friday. Archer reported to the Council that of the 45 applications picked up, only 10 have been returned, though he hopes for more by Friday. The department is accepting applications because of the pending retirement of three firefighters, one of whom has served the department for 37 years.