At Monday's city council meeting, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, right, presented Merle Adermann, left, with a plaque recognizing him for his many years of service to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department. In the center of the photo is Darin Brown, honorary mayor for Monday's council meeting and Adermann's grandson. Aldermann served on the VVFD from 1974-2011 and was chief of the department from 1992 until his retirement.
Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, right, presented Larry Eason with a plaque recognizing him for his service as chief of the city's police department. Eason was appointed chief in 2007 and stepped down from the post last year due to medical issues.