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Jason and Jarrett Paslay are the latest in a long line of generations of families that have served on the Vandalia Fire Department.
Jarrett, who has been on the department for two weeks, responded to his first fire, a shed fire, two weeks ago.
Fire Chief Mark Meadows says the inter-family generations that have served on the department are no surprise. “You grow up with it,” he said. Meadows and his father, Keith, were also father-son firefighters.
Jason Paslay echoed Meadows sentiments, “You get used to the life and all family members know what it takes.”
The department was started in 1889, and currently has 26 members. Meadows says it responds to an average of 100 calls a year, comprised of rescues and fires.
Tom Stombaugh was an original member of the department, and was followed by George, Steve, and Zac Stombaugh.
Other multi-generational families who have served are:
Merle and Matthew Adermann
Bill, Charlie, and Walt Barenfanger
Denny and Michael Boley
John, Jeff, and Mark Burnam
Dewayne Sr., Dewayne Jr., and Alex Cearlock
Bob and Tom DePaolo
Charles and Chip Higgins
John and Andy Lester
Dan and Pat Michel
Keith and Luke Schaal
Jack and C. J. Schilling
John, Ted, and Todd Thompson
Brian and Tyler Westendorf, and
Harry, Larry Mabry, and Jordan Williams.