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Fire Department History

The Canton Fire Department has a rich history dating back into the 1800s. Early records show a hook and ladder purchased in 1885 for the volunteer fire department which served Canton. The first paid Canton Fire Department was established in 1906 with its location at 49 South 1st Avenue. Firefighters worked for one week, then had one day off. This work schedule was replaced with a 24 hour on, 24-hour off schedule in the early 1920s. Horses pulled the fire apparatus and there were 6 horses on duty when the paid fire department started. By the mid-1920s, all fire equipment was motorized.  As new technology became available, equipment was upgraded to steam engines and finally to gas and diesel engines. The history of the department is prominently displayed at the Canton Fire Department in glass, lighted showcases for public viewing.

Retired Firefighters

A.J. Provard
9/1906

Reubin griggs
7/1907

Clifford Waddell, Fire Chief
11/1920 to 7/1996

Amos Punneo
12/1920

Gerald Pensinger
7/1934 to 11/1963

Julian Coultas, Fire Chief
5/1935 to 1/1958

Carl Wolfe, Firefighter
5/1949

Eugene Lawver, Fire Chief
11/1951 to 5/1975

Robert DeRenzy, Fire Chief
2/1962 to 7/1995

Gordon Weaver, Asst. Chief
11/1963 to 5/1989

Paul Graves, Lieutenant
4/1967 to 6/1994

Rodney Hamilton, Asst. Chief
4/1967 to 8/1994

Terry Colvin, Firefighter
4/1967 to 11/1975

Carl Burnham, Firefighter
8/1973 to 12/2001

Anthony Fahrenbruch, Firefighter
7/1999 to 10/2006

John Stanko, Fire Chief
4/1975 to 7/2007

Daniel Oaks, Asst. Chief
8/1986 to 4/2011

Richard Grove, Asst. Chief
1/1988 to 2/2013

Charles A. Devlin, Asst. Chief
6/1994 to 6/2018

Jay Smith, Lieutenant
7/1994 to 11/2018

Charles F. Miller
7/1918 to 5/1939

George Ruey
5/1918 to 5/1939

Dewey Fillingham
5/1927 to 1/1958

Robert Essex
5/1934

Leo Mahr, Firefighter
2/1936

James M. Woods, Fire Chief
7/1934 to 11/1963

James Grier, Fire Chief
9/1955 to 9/1982

Harold Carrison, Asst. Chief
9/1960 to 7/1987

James Smith, Firefighter
7/1966 to 6/1985

George Meachum, Lieutenant
4/1967 to 6/1997

Larry Hoermann, Firefighter
11/1970 to 6/1994

Howard Dye, Asst. Chief
6/1972 to 7/1999

John Wason, Firefighter
3/1975 to 9/1990

Craig Shaw, Firefighter
1/1988 to 12/2003

Bonnie Cremer, Fire Chief
9/1987 to 5/2010

Ron Cozad, Firefighter
1/10/1989 to 5/2010

James Campbell, Lieutenant
9/1989 to 9/2014

Tom Shubert, Fire Chief
12/1993 to 4/2017