Thread: ACFPD and I have lost a friend
12-02-2003, 05:40 PM #1
- Join Date
- Jul 1999
- DuBois, IL - just south of I-64 in the middle of the state
ACFPD and I have lost a friend
Olin Thompson, former Fire Chief, Board of Trustee Secretary and President passed away this morning. Olin was chief when I first got on the department in 1977 and played an important role in keeping me in the fire service. Nobody that had anything to do with the Ashley Community Fire Protection District cared more about the department than him. It will be a true honor for me to drive our new pumper on its first official act - leading Chief Thompson's funeral procession. I told my wife the other day that it would be a shame if that were to happen. She said it would be only right. She's right.
I found a picture the other day of me presenting Olin with a plaque for his years of service to the ACFPD. It was my first year as chief and the year he retired as board president. I'll not hide that picture anymore, but put it some place where I can see it every day as an inspiration.
I will miss him.
Last edited by jboczek; 12-02-2003 at 05:45 PM.Jack Boczek, Chief
Ashley Community Fire Protection District
12-02-2003, 05:44 PM #2
- Join Date
- May 2002
- Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
I'm very sorry for your loss, Jack. You have my condolences.
Rest in Peace, Chief ThompsonSeptember 11th - Never Forget
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12-02-2003, 08:40 PM #3
- Join Date
- Nov 2000
- WC IL MABAS Div. 44
ACFPD have my condolences also.
Jack told me Sunday night that he was not well but I was shocked that his life came to an end so soon. I can't think of a more fitting way to use the new truck for the first time.
Rest In PeaceProudly serving as Vice-President of the Illinois Delegation of the IACOJ
12-02-2003, 09:05 PM #4
I am sorry about you loss............I am sure you will do him no wrong on his final ride.........hang in Jack.IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
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12-03-2003, 05:15 AM #5
Jack, please accept my sincere condolences.Guinness....a meal in a can!
IACOJ, Flatlander Division
12-03-2003, 10:50 AM #6
12-03-2003, 03:25 PM #7
- Join Date
- Feb 2001
- Illinois-where pertnear is close enough!
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your good friend and colleague.
It was a fitting and proper use of your new truck. What better way to honor a man that has given so much to your district.
I have a photo album of many who have been a part of my fire service career and I wouldn't take a million bucks for it. It's a joy to go back and walk through the memories with those who are no longer here.
Again, Jack; my condolences.
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RIP HOF Robert J. Compton(ENG6511)
12-03-2003, 10:21 PM #8
Sorry to hear about your's and ACFPD's loss. Sincere condolences from the Sandoval Fire Protection District.
ChadSFPD Member MABAS Division 47
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