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Chiefs of the Effingham Fire Department

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The fire department has a deep tradition of providing emergency services to the City, each Chief having played an important role in what the Effingham Fire Department is today. If Chief Brown (1867-1870) were to walk into Station #1 today and happen to overhear today's Fire Chief discussing ADA, affirmative action, lightweight construction, hazardous materials, technical rescue, OSHA, NFPA, terrorism, etc., he might be tempted to ask, "Do they still take the nozzle and get to the seat of the fire?" The answer is "yes, we still focus on getting the wet stuff on the red stuff" but it has become much more technical and difficult then in the past. The following is a list of the Chiefs who have led the Effingham Fire Department since 1867.

 Chief Thomas A. Brown
1867 - 1870
 Chief W.W. Brown
1870 - 1872
 Chief Joseph Kreke
1872 - 1873
 Chief W. Harry Moore
1873 - 1874
 Chief William Curson
1874 - 1875
 Chief Samuel Campel
1875 – 1876
 Chief Mike Russell
1876 – 1881
 Chief Jacob Sneider
1881 – 1885
 Chief Frank Kreke
1885 – 1886
 Chief R.C. Harrah
1886 – 1910
 Chief R.A. Parks
1910 – 1911
 Chief John W. Gravenhorst
1911 – 1915
 Chief Barney Utz
1915 – 1916
 Chief Karl F. Alt
1916 – 1918
 Chief Fred Casselman
1918 – 1925
 Chief H. Bergfeld
1925 – 1927
 Chief Henry Hoffman
1927 – 1934 

 

 

Chief Frank Wilkins
1934 – 1957

Frank Wilkins

 Chief Chas. Champerlain
1957 – 1973

Charlie Chamberlain

 Chief Logan Van Dyke
1973 – 1978

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Chief Maurice A. Braun
1978 – 1988

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Chief  Nicholas H. Althoff
1988 – 2004

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Chief Joe Holomy
2004 – 2018

Joe Holomy