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Culver Union Township Fire Department - Roll Call of Fire Chiefs



The election of the fire chief is in December. He takes office in January. If the chief found it necessary to resign during the year an election woqld be held immediately.

There has been controversy as to the number of chiefs - in 1980 was found:

    Since 1903 - 12 men have served as Fire Chief; T. Saine, O. Gandy, Al Roberts, C.C. Waite, Fred Cook, Roy Swigart. A.M. Fishburn, A. Cromley, Wayne Von Ehr, Cary Cummins, Dave Burns, and Don Overmyer


Note another source gave Fire chiefs also as Harry Saine (this is probably T. Saine), [-?-] Goddy (this is O. Gandy), and Archie Blanchard before Dave Burns. Yet a list found given in 1949 gives only 11 fire chiefs including David and these men were not listed.

A more complete list that has been given as:

1 - Harrry Saine - Jan 1903- Apr 12, 1906

    1906 - 18 January The Culver Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 elected the following officers Tuesday night: Chief - Harry Saine;


2- T. O. Saine - Apr 12, 1906- Jun 14, 1906

3 - O. A. [Oland A. ] Gandy - Jul 9, 1906- Jul 13, 1908

    1945 - 24 Jan O. A. Gandy, age 75, died Dec. 31 in Moline, Ill He was an expert printer at The Citizen for over 20 years and served as Fire Chief in Culver for a long period.


4 - Charlie Asper - Jul 13, 1908

5 - A. [A. M. ]Roberts - 1909-1912
    1912 - JANUARY 1 A. M. Roberts was re-elected chief of the fire company ..


6 - J. R. Saine 1913-1920

7 - C. C. [Clifford C.] Waite - 1921-1922

8 - F. W. / Fred Cook 1923- Jun 1924

9 - E. O. Byrd - Jun 1924 -1925

    1924 - Jan. 23 E. O. Byrd has been appointed fire chief with Roy Swigart as assistant.


10 - Charles Bolin - 1926

11 - Russell Fisher - 1927-1928

12 - Roy Swigart 1929- Apr 8, 1929

__ - Russell Fisher - Apr. 8, 1929

13 - A. M. Fishburn 1930

__ - Roy Swigart 1931

__ - A. M. Fishburn 1932-1934

14 - Alfred Cromley - 1934- Jul 16, 1934

    1934 - jan 17 - Alfred Cromley has been, elected chief of the Culver Fire, Department, succeeding Arthur Fishburn, Wayne VonEhr was named assistant chief.


15 - Wayne Von Ehr Jul. 16, 1934- Jun 10, 1935

    1935 - May 22 - Wayne Von Ehr has resigned as chief of the Culver Volunteer Fire Department, effective June 10.


16 - Claude "Cary" H. Cummins Jun 10, 1935- Jun 11, 1943

17 - David B. Burns - Jun 11, 1943 to Jul 9, 1973; joined 1933

    1943 Jun 30 - David Burns has been elected chief, of the Culver Volunteer Fire Department to fill the vacancy created when Cary Cummins resigned



18 - Donovan "Dewey" Overmyer (1952)- Jul 9, 1973 to Feb. 1993

19 - Lance Overmyer - Feb. 1993 to 2008 (joined 1965)

20 - Mike Grover - 2008 to 2012

21 - Terry Wakefield - 2013-?






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