Captain Don Simon Twinsburg fire ends 37 years of service

TWINSBURG – Captain Don Simon has ended his career as a municipal firefighter after 37 years. He worked his last shift from June 13-14 and is now looking forward to a relaxing retirement.

He began his local term on August 1, 1984 as a volunteer firefighter. He was hired as one of the first three full-time firefighters in March 1989, when the city began its transition to a full-time fire and EMS service.

“Captain. Simon will be missed,” said Mayor Ted Yates. “He touched many lives during his 37 years of service with TFD.

“His experience and leadership have helped to grow and make TFD one of the best departments in this field. I wish him a happy retirement and thank him for all his years of dedication to the community. “

Captain Don Simon holding a memorial ax, with his wife Tracy, son Alex and Brittany, Alex's girlfriend.

Simon played a huge role in the construction projects of the two fire stations, as well as in the design and specifications of many fire apparatus, the establishment of the fire prevention office, the main fire unions and captains, improving station warning and communication systems, as well as training and mentoring numerous firefighters.

He made his last trip home on June 14 in the city’s new 1-engine, for which he was an integral part of the design team.

Captain Don Simon was brought home by Captain Earl Wilson as a driver, with the rest of the service serving as an escort in other vehicles.

The ministry’s Facebook page thanked Simon for his 37 years of dedicated service, saying, “Enjoy your well-deserved retirement with Tracy and Alex and know one thing: you did it right! The community and the department are indebted to you for all of your hard work and passionate dedication. “

In other fire department news, Yates was recently sworn in to new firefighter Corey Hayden as city council members, department heads, firefighters and his family watch.

Hayden is from Valley City and also works part time for the Brunswick Hills Fire Department.

“Needless to say, Twinsburg Fire is delighted to bring him on board and we know he will use his professional skills and his very pleasant way of serving our community,” said a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Firefighter Corey Hayden is sworn in by Twinsburg Mayor Ted Yates.

Fire Chief Tim Morgan said overall service calls increased 8% in the first five months of 2021 compared to 2020. Teams responded to 1,279 calls compared to 1,189. fire fell slightly, but calls for help and emergencies increased.

Twinsburg Fire Department Local 3630 will sponsor a golf tournament on August 27 at 9 a.m. in Gleneagles. The cost is $ 120 per player and all participants will be assigned to a team. The deadline for registration and payment of fees is August 9. For more details, send an email to [email protected]

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